I would like to take this opportunity to invite ALL teachers when planning for this new school year to keep in mind their ELLs in their classroom, those quiet voices that sometimes get totally overlooked. Some teachers may be thinking, "but I am hardly trained to teach ELLs?" OK. I understand that. But having English Language Learners (ELLs) students in the classroom is a part of educating and teaching in the USA. ELLs population across the nation is growing rapidly. It is our duty and our responsibility to:
1. start asking for training on how to better reach ELLs in school.
2. ask for help from the ESL specialist or teacher in our building if there is one.
3. ask administration for support in order to do our job: teaching and reaching ALL children.
I believe that if we are in the field of education, then teachers are PROACTIVE. We don't have to sit and wait around until help is being offered. It is our responsibility to make sure all children are learning. And each child has different academic needs. Not one child learns the same way as another. No Child Left Behind does not mean All Children Drag Along. And I feel that sometimes this is what is happening with ELLs students in some classrooms.
Let 2008-2009 be the year that changes all that. I invite you to open the horizon and include all children when you plan and you teach. I will do my best through this blog to share with you strategies that help ELLs in the classroom. It will be my way to contribute to the change!
Have a wonderful 2008-2009 school year!