Effective ways to help ELLs excel
As you tailor your teaching to engage the increasing number of English language learners, the key to success is focusing on literacy. Adapted from the highly successful Differentiated Literacy Strategies for Student Growth and Achievement in Grades K–6, this book provides a wealth of grade-specific literacy strategies that not only increase student achievement but also increase it rapidly. The authors provide proven practical tools for differentiating instruction to meet language and individual learning styles. Teachers will find an instructional and assessment framework designed to promote these critical competencies:
Functional literacy in phonics, spelling, and reading; Content-area literacy for vocabulary, concept attainment, and comprehension; Technological literacy for information searching, evaluation, and synthesis; Innovative literacy for creativity, growth, and lifelong learning
Included are more than 100 planning models, matrixes, rubrics, and checklists. Teachers with students who have had interrupted formal education or come from newly arrived immigrant populations will find a wealth of proven methods for giving ELLs every opportunity to succeed.
Chapter 3: Knowing the Literacy Learner
Knowing the Literacy Learner
When we look at individual learners, we know that each learner is unique with special qualities in varying degrees. Socialization and environmental experiences influence learner preferences and comfort zones in the learning process. Culture, poverty, first language, and special learning needs add other layers of circumstances that impact learning. When working with learners who are acquiring English at the same time that they are learning content, we must recognize that multiple factors can impact these students in very different ways, creating a unique set of challenges for each student.
Through brain research, educators have achieved insights into the most effective methods for maximizing student success. We can view our practice and make instructional, assessment, and curricular decisions based ...