Resources for Teachers of ELL/ESL Students
How do ESL
teachers manage to offer high quality instruction in a nurturing
environment while maintaining open communication with parents
and students? They form networks with other teachers and they
constantly add new ideas and resources to their tool kits. I
have collected and commented on several such tool kit additions.
Messages for Report Cards – Spanish/English Edition
Mendez-Robbins, Maria Elena. ISBN: 0866539972
is an excellent resource for educators who need to communicate
with a Spanish-speaking student’s family. The book is
filled with a vast selection of comments that are both positive
and sensitive in nature.
to Parent in English and Spanish
Thuro, Barbara. ISBN: 0932825036
is another book chock-full of ideas when it comes to reporting
back to Spanish-speaking families on progress reports or during
Teacher Created Materials – October 1990
you can find a copy, you’re very lucky! This little gem
is a gold mine of child friendly pages that make home-school
communication so much easier! The clip-art is school friendly
and the pages are not too busy.
Support in the Classroom
LHS Gems ISBN: 0912511818
of my all time favorites! This book is really for any age of
ESL learner in a school setting. The book is full of engaging
lessons that combine teamwork and logic. Students use manipulatives
to solve puzzles. If you are a fan of Howard Gardiner’s
theory of multiple intelligences then this is a book for you.
Kerr-Stanmark, Jean. ISBN 0912511060
series is also available in Spanish. I have used them both to
create family math events in which the students can play the
games that they are taught in English to their Spanish-speaking
families. The games have a lot of appeal for both beginning
and advanced math students.
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Bogglesworld.com – a plethora of activities and planning materials for
Nctm.org/titlei – this is a new website sponsored by the National Council
for Teachers of Mathematics. The site offers great resources
and articles for bridging the home-school connection with students.
is by no means complete. If you have suggestions, please email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org