Helen King

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@emilyfranESL Absolutely! These are an excellent scaffold for students. I also saw someone share this photo Twitter. The teacher posted the phrases & also translated them. I share these with parents & encourage them to remind their children to self-advocate. https://t.co/gzGoNOoC8M

It's waterfall season. These 6 in New England are worth a road trip.

Feel the rush.

New England

What Do You Do On The Last Day Of Class? (Part Two)

Earlier this month, I wrote an article titled The Last Day Of Class, which appeared in Teacher Magazine two weeks ago. That functions as a sort of …

John Lewis Commencement Speech At Boston University

Evaluating Using a "Language Lens"

<i>by Sarah Ottow</i><p>We know that our ELLs need to accelerate their academic language growth in all classrooms, whether we support elementary classroom …

Here’s How to Stage a Breakout Game in Class

End of year is an ideal time to try something new. Teachers and students have a lot of material to review, but also need to be engaged and energized. …

15 Memoirs About Writing That Every Young Writer Needs To Read

If there's anything that writers like more than writing, it's writing <i>about writing</i> (that, and talking about writing about writing). And it makes …

A Low-Stakes Public Speaking Exercise

So in the midst of a particularly raucous Academic Decathlon impromptu speech practice, I decided that this might be a great activity for letting my …

Helping English-Learners End the School Year Strong

First Person<p>—Getty<p><i>This is an adapted excerpt from the authors’ new book,</i> The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox: Hundreds Of Practical Ideas To Support Your …

The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students

I’ve written a lot about the value of scaffolded writing frames for students – English Language Learners and those who are proficient in English – to …

Micro-Writing for English Learners

Ideas for short bursts of writing that boost skills and confidence.

Trayvon Martin Was Killed Six Years Ago Today – Here Are Related Resources

Trayvon Martin was killed six years ago today.<p>You might be interested in:<p>Six years ago today, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed for simply being …

Black Lives Matter

TESOL Connections - February 2018

7 Ways to Overcome Coteaching Challenges<p><b>The Situation</b><p>Imagine you are an ESOL teacher in a middle school. It’s the start of the school year and you …

Mid-Year Check-in: Assessing Your Year So Far

Congratulations: You made it to January! For many experienced educators, January can feel like an exciting time to reboot. For new teachers, January …

3 Tips for Staying Energized During the School Year

October and November are often characterized by teachers as a period of survival mode or a time when feelings of disillusionment come to the …

Poetry Is For Everyone

Jason Reynolds on resisting the over-intellectualization of poetry and recognizing its populist potentialJason Reynolds (photo by Ben Fractenberg)I …

A Town Helps Transform Its School

“Every week parents told me, ‘You’ve got to do something about the high school,’” recalls John Freeman, who has been the superintendent since 2008. …

3 Tips for Supporting ELLs Through Co-Teaching & Collaboration

We know the saying “two heads are better than one.” And we know that our English Language Learner (ELL) students benefit from both content and …

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric

An analytic rubric would break each of those general levels down even further to include multiple categories, each with its own scale of success—so, …

When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

When Garcia first started teaching, she wasn’t expecting the stories her students would share of physical and sexual abuse, hunger, violence, and …

Planned Speaking Practice

Interaction, oral language, speaking practice, cooperative learning, discussion groups–there are many ways to have students practice speaking and …

The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

I’ve compiled several “The Best…” lists that sites where you can learn about the geography, data, languages, and holidays of different countries …

Remember It with a Bookmark

• Why give students reading tips in the form of a bookmark?<br>• How could you use the bookmark to differentiate instruction?<br>• How could you use this strategy …

The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them)

<i>You might want to see our book excerpt, Eight Ways to Use Video With English Language Learners</i><p><b>I’ve written a guest post for Edutopia titled 5-Minute</b> …

Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Maybe you have also observed how common it is nowadays for students to not know how to have a conversation. Perhaps this owes to a preponderance of …

Teaching

The Mechanics of Developing a Writer’s Voice

Help students explore texts by authors they value in both fiction and nonfiction. Use reading protocols to dialog about ideas they like and have …

Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

• It is an excellent way to provide differentiation for English-language learners.<br>• It relieves pressure from reluctant students or striving readers and …

10 Innovative Learning Stations That Get Students Reading

In my classroom, I use the station rotation model of blended learning. I set up five or six stations around my classroom. With their groups, students …

Lessons Learned From Great Schools Around the World

Building a Collaborative Staff Culture<p>“Every teacher needs two things: to know that they can grow, and to feel that they are not alone.” —Principal …

6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

1. Differentiate Through Teams<p>We all know that heterogeneous grouping works, but sometimes homogenous grouping can be an effective way to …