Ideal as a supplementary text for a variety of courses and as a guide for in-service teachers and for professional development settings, Teaching English Language Learners: 43 Strategies for Successful K–8 Classrooms provides teachers of all content areas with a broad, practical approach to teaching English language learners in the regular classroom setting.

Planning and Using Formative Assessment
Planning and using formative assessment

Well implemented formative assessment provides both teachers and students with an ongoing data stream that enables them to judge the effectiveness of instruction and student learning. In discussing upper elementary and middle school students, Garrison (National Middle School Association, 2009) likens formative assessment to coaching a sport such as baseball. Teaching and learning form an instructional cycle. The coach sets learning outcomes for the week—one of these may be a specific play that she wants team members to execute. On the first day of practice, the coach explains the play and uses a variety of instructional materials to demonstrate it. Once she is sure that the players understand the play, she provides them with time to ...

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