The article I chose for today gives multiple strategies for effectively teaching ELL students in the classroom, along with a video. There were five strategies listed, but out of these the three that I thought were the most influential were:
- Knowing the students’ background knowledge. For instance, a history teacher cannot assume that all students already know all about the United States’s history that would have been taught in previous grades, because some students could have possibly just moved here. Knowing where each student comes from and being able to maneuver lessons to fit their needs is important when teaching ELL students.
- Purposeful Grouping: This strategy reminded me a lot of grouping low-achieving learners with high-achieving learners. The article says that it is most beneficial to ELL learners to use heterogenous grouping, to increase their interaction with fluent english speakers. If ELL students are only working with other ELL students, it will be much harder to increase their language proficiency and confidence speaking the language.
- Using Scaffolding: The point of scaffolding is increasing autonomy over time. Types of scaffolding the article references are graphic organizers, visual aids, and peer help, and over time such aids can be taken away to increase such autonomy.