Ideas to start the year off right
It's time to go back to school! Whether you're a novice or an old pro, we have some ideas and resources to get you ready and set for the best school year yet!
If you're a classroom teacher or paraprofessional, odds are you have at least one student who's an English language learner (ELL), if not a whole room full. You know these kids are eager to learn; and you probably also know that teaching them can be a challenge.
That's why Colorín Colorado offers free, research-based resources for teaching English language learners to read and succeed.
Here, we've gathered a number of resources to help you kick off the new school year with the tools and information you need to teach the ELLs in your class.
10 million school-age children (5 to 17) who speak a language other than English at home. Most of them (7.1 million) speak Spanish at home.
— Source: American FactFinder
Resources for first year teachers
The first year of teaching is tough. Everything is new — the students; the school's procedures; your relationship with fellow teachers, administrators, and parents; what you plan to do and teach each day; your classroom management and teaching style; and much more.
The following resources and websites help new teachers navigate their first year:
Written by Reading Rockets staff experts, this First Year Teacher Column answers questions submitted by upcoming first year teachers.
Links for new teachers
Frequently asked questions about ELLs
To view our recommended children's books, click here.
ESL activities and resources
This publication brings together current research on human development and cultural diversity. It explores issues of diversity in education that are essential for schools and teachers who are committed to quality education for all students.
Make sure to browse through our Bright Ideas that Work, submitted by classroom teachers.
Additional resources: Print & use!
Find useful information about Latino cultures and values, as well as helpful suggestions for involving parents in the classroom. Parent workshops with handouts, plus video components in English and Spanish, focus on PreK-3 literacy development.
Provisions in the No Child Left Behind legislation require that schools be held accountable for the adequate yearly progress for English language learners as a subgroup. Here you will find monitoring forms to make it easier for you to respond when questions arise about a student's placement, instruction, special services, and grading.
Try the activities and repeat the ones your child enjoys. Some of them, like "read with your child for 15 minutes each day," are helpful no matter what age your child is. To help you reach out to the parents of your ELL students, we now offer these tip sheets in a total of 10 languages!