Functional Grammar and Writing Workshop: A Hybrid Approach to Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners

I suggest that students must be taught the codes needed to participate fully in the mainstream of American life, not by being forced to attend to hollow, inane, decontextualised sub-skills, but rather within the context of meaningful communicative endeavours; that they must be allowed the resource of the teacher’s expert knowledge, while being helped to … Continue reading Functional Grammar and Writing Workshop: A Hybrid Approach to Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners

What I learned about teaching from my favourite teacher

Today I gave my grades 3/4/5/6 beginner English Language Learners an assessment and, as I often do when I give an assessment, I was thinking about my favourite teacher. My favourite teacher was my university Arabic professor. Her name was Ghada. She was a Palestinian woman from Jerusalem. It was really difficult learning a new … Continue reading What I learned about teaching from my favourite teacher

Cloudy with a chance of writing

I teach Foundational English Language Development (ELD) to grade 3/4/5/6 students and I absolutely love it. I develop a really strong bond with my students and I love helping them feel successful as they gain more and more confidence in their new language. We are in the middle of a narrative writing unit based on … Continue reading Cloudy with a chance of writing