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Do you teach students whose first language isn't English? What are your challenges, rewards and ideas? Share your experience with us!

From Elizabeth:

I teach students who are ELLs and is so gratifying to see their progress in a year's time. The challenge is providing high quality instruction to students at different levels of English proficiency, while keeping the learning interactive, comprehensible and standards-based.

Taking courses that include sheltered English instruction, differentiated learning and best practices for culturally responsive educators are vital to keeping the momentum going.  While it is sometimes difficult to manage it all when you have a large classroom, once you establish your community of learners and get them used to the routine of high expectations, cooperative work, participatory engagement, working independently and responsibly, the outcome is success for all.

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