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- Many of these approaches are not new, but at this time of the year, a refresher is always good to have on hand. Cooperative learning when the groups are carefully planned is an outstanding tool to use. In such small settings, every student has a voice as well as peer support in completing a task. When the teacher plans the composition of the groups, they build support within it so that the students with needs have peers who are more proficient in English or who stronger in grasping the academic content will experience success in accomplishing the assigned task for the group. With this setup, the teacher can assess the progress of all students easily within the class period since the teacher is dialoguing with 9 groups of 4 as opposed to 36 individual students.
- Visuals, visuals, visuals! There can never be enough of them to assist students in making connections between new content and prior knowledge. Those supports can be teacher generated or student (group products) generated. For ELLs especially, those visual links provide access for the ELLs to the content material.
- Identify KEY vocabulary and reinforce it consistently throughout the lesson. Those key words should be key content vocabulary and not every interesting word in the lesson. If every new word is addressed, it will be overwhelming. MORE of this Newsletter
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