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Nine Mistakes Educators Make When Teaching English-Language Learners

Many of us who teach English-language learners make lots of mistakes in our classroom practice.  This six-part series will explore what the most common mistakes teachers make with this vulnerable population and what should be done in their place. Today's column features responses from Marina Rodriguez, Altagracia (Grace) H. Delgado, Dr. Denita Harris, and Sarah Said. 

This Anchorage mom is trying to keep up with her kids’ online learning and keep a business afloat

The school day started around 9 a.m. in a tidy mobile home in South Anchorage where Elisa Yepez Oregel lives with her husband and their four kids. Vanessa, a fourth grader at Klatt Elementary, sat in front of a laptop at the kitchen table, as her teacher told her what assignments she still needed to do. From the other end of the table came the sounds of a first-grade class. A teacher was guiding students through pronouncing letters, but 6-year-old Manuel Isaac sat back in his chair and didn’t say anything. Next to him was sixth-grader Kasandra who helped her younger siblings, and also logged into her own class on another laptop. Meanwhile their mom, Yepez Oregel, talked to her son in Spanish, telling him to pay attention to his class and not hit his sister. Her youngest daughter, 2-year-old Alyssa Valentina, toddled across the floor. This is what weekday mornings have looked like for the past couple months at 36-year-old Yepez Oregel’s home. It goes on like this for a few hours. Then the kids pack up and they all head to the family’s restaurant, Pedro’s Mexican Grill.

Muslim Representation in Picture Books

Picture books enable readers to see themselves reflected in the larger world. With increasing Muslim representation in published books, all readers can explore the diversity of Muslim communities, identities, and cultural backgrounds as they intersect to create unique expressions of Islamic cultures and practices. Picture books also offer a visually intimate look into Muslim experiences and places where individual and private family traditions, conversations, and interactions flourish. These books were published in 2019–20 (with one from 2018) by mainstream publishing houses.

Making Hybrid Teaching Work for Educators & Students

The new question-of-the-week is: "What are the do's and don'ts of hybrid teaching?" Today, Deborah Gatrell, Amy Roediger, and Carina Whiteside provide their suggestions.  Larry Ferlazzo also include comments from readers.

Some child care centers have become more than places that provide care

When the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee in the spring, staff members knew they would need to do more than simply move their classes online. The early learning center, located in a southwest Florida community with a poverty rate of over 50 percent, serves a large percentage of children whose parents are migrant farm workers or work in the hospitality field. As parents found themselves out of work and struggling to pay bills, school officials sprang into action, delivering food, diapers and cleaning supplies to families, providing financial support for rent and utilities and connecting families with community partners for more assistance.

The Do's & Don'ts of Hybrid Teaching

The odds are that, at one point or another, all of us teachers are going to end up teaching in some version of a "hybrid" environment this school year. That could mean teaching some groups of students two days each week in the classroom, while they spend the rest of the time doing asynchronous online work.  Worst of all, it could mean teaching students simultaneously online and face to face.  This series will share the experiences of educators who have already begun teaching in this kind of situation.  Who would be better people to learn from? Today, Amber Chandler, Tara C. Dale, and Holly Spinelli offer their hard-won experiences.

Nonprofits step in to help working parents making “impossible choices”

When schools in northern California shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus, Casino Fajardo and his wife did their best to balance watching their children while working full-time. For several months, they switched off supervising their children, 5 and 9, while taking back-to-back video calls and responding to in-person work responsibilities, which were at times required for Fajardo in his role as construction director for a local school district. Both often stayed up until midnight or later to catch up on work.

Politics Belongs in the Classroom

The new question-of-the-week is: "What are the best ways to respond when teachers are told we should keep politics out of the classroom?" Today, Abeer Shinnawi, Jennifer Hitchcock, Matt Renwick, and Leah B. Michaels add to the conversation....

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