Closing Thoughts

Two girls in library

This section concludes Navigating Tough Topics in the Classroom: Tips for ELL Educators and offers additional reflection questions for educators.

Photo credit: Photo by Allison Shelley


This project was made possible with support from the American Federation of Teachers.

You won’t be able to anticipate all of the challenges, events, or topics that you and your class will face. However, the more prepared you are, and the stronger your class community is, the more successfully you will navigate these difficult moments and discussions when they arise.

By tuning into your students’ own experiences and perspectives, you are also more likely to create powerful moments of connection and meaning — moments that can serve to empower as well as educate and build empathy.