February 24, 2015
It can be challenging work though…especially when new students come midyear and are not speaking English yet. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help your newcomer English Language Learners. My dear friend Elizabeth and I would like to share what works for our newcomers…and to learn what works well in your class too!
When we review a math paper, we show a one for the same response and a two for a “slightly different answer” (as we politely phrase it in my 5th grade class!). I’ve noticed that my newcomers are the first to remember and use these signals in our daily routine. It is wonderful to see them participate along with the rest of the class!
With pictures on these labels, newcomers are also able to access materials with ease, even if they are just beginning to speak English. Visual labels also allow them to help keep the room organized, along with their mainstream classmates:
I cannot imagine teaching without my document camera. It’s been said again and again, but a picture really is worth a thousand words, especially for students with limited English.
We use our document camera for note-taking, science experiments, math activities…anything that requires a visual so my newcomers can follow along with ease.
Our class uses Spelling with Morphology for both spelling and vocabulary instruction. It features an entire year of tiered lists, all related under similar categories: