“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” – Chinese proverb
Topics: Lessons, MimioConnect, ELL, English Language Learners
“I think I have learned that the best way to lift one’s self up is to help someone else.” – Booker T. Washington
Topics: tips for teachers, ELL, distance learning, distance teaching, English Language Learners, remote learning
Today, you’re facilitating your weekly online lesson and the focus is transition words. As usual, your ‘regulars’ are doing what they do best – answering questions, participating in discussion, and sharing examples. Your quieter ones are sending you chat messages when they have questions or are confused. Who you’re not hearing much from are your English Language Learners, or ELLs. They are on camera, smiling through the lessons, even raising a ‘thumbs up’ when you ask the class if everyone understands. But you’re having doubts about how well they are comprehending. You can’t easily stand next to their desks and check work. Your aide isn’t there to do a double-check or ask a question in the native language to ensure understanding. What can you do to help your ELLs in a virtual classroom?
Topics: Education Technology, tips for teachers, distance learning, distance teaching, Microsoft 365 Education, distance education, virtual classroom, English Language Learners