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    English Language Learners
    By Julianne

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    You don't say which grade you teach. (42 kids! That's crazy.) I have a first grade where about two thirds are English language learners. Some of the things we've done through the year:

    Pair ELL student with a truly bilingual partner and have them work as a team.

    Use as many pictures and other visual aids as possible to help ensure understanding.

    Give ELL students practice with lower level tasks so they can learn the vocabulary of math.

    For assessments we accommodated our ELL students by testing them in small groups rather than with the rest of the class. We simplified directions where necessary and reread instructions if our students seemed confused. We made sure we had reviewed vocabulary before the testing began. All in all our ELL students did pretty well on the math portion of the tests we took.

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