A-Z Strategies for Bilingual & ESL Classrooms

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Convergent research has shown that teachers who work with bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) students need to have not only a thorough understanding of the population they teach and the challenges they may face in the classroom, but that they also need to understand how they can, through their instruction, meet the diverse needs of their students in the classroom.

As such, novice and experienced teachers alike need ongoing professional development to hone their teaching skills. However, most often than not, such professional development only centers around one or two key strategies or areas of interest at a given time, and teachers have few opportunities to implement them unless such said strategies are adopted level- or campus-wide.

On this page you will find a variety of tried and successful teaching strategies that you can use in bilingual and/or ESL classrooms. Sample materials, templates and other resources will soon be found on this page as well. Come back again, and don't forget to tell me what other kinds of strategies you'd like for me to include here and in my future presentations!


Name of Strategy
What it entails...
Anchor Charts
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Buddies

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Ideas for pairing from Lauren's Blog

Corners

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Definition Mapping

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Epic Collections

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Image from Paula Kluth

Fist to Five

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Give one, Get one

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Hamburger Writing

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Jigsaw

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K.I.M.

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Learning/Talking Chips

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Menu Books

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Menu book picture from I Love Teaching!

Offices
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Quick Write

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More coming soon!