English Language Learners Archives | The Educators Room

Student Agency- The Essence of a Modern Classroom

Sanam Edwards is a teacher in DPS International, Gurgaon (India). She enjoys building the student's voice and choice within the classroom environment while infusing her quirky sense of humor into daily activities. She is an advocate for technology in the classroom and is constantly on the lookout for new ways to engage the students emotionally, [...]

Utilizing Writer’s Workshop with Newcomer ELLs

  By Samantha Azatova, M.Ed. Samantha Azatova is an elementary EAL teacher at International School Nido de Aguilas, a US-curriculum international school in Santiago, Chile. I have an M.Ed. in ESOL Education from the University of Maryland- College Park and a B.A. in Linguistics. I love supporting my newcomer ELLs so that they can become [...]

Weigh in on Cardona? Better to Weigh in on Connecticut

When President-Elect Biden announced his choice for a new secretary for education, a comment was left on the Educator’s Room blog: “Anyone from Connecticut want to weigh in?” Well, I am an educator in Connecticut, but I think weighing in on the nominee Miguel Cardona is premature. Cardona, the Connecticut Commissioner of Education, was appointed [...]

Painless Poetry: A Road Less Traveled

Painless Poetry "Gross!  I hate this stuff!" "This is too hard, I don't wanna do it!" "It never makes sense to me, it's all so weird." Then the calm voice of reason speaks-  "Ladies, we have to teach it,  it's part of the curriculum."   What is this dreaded standard?   Poetry. That single word would often [...]

Rebranding the Dreaded Essay: How to Demystify Essays and Make Them Meaningful During COVID-19

Whenever students hear the word “essay,” they groan, eye roll, and plead for something, anything else.  Similarly, most adults I know remember high school or college essays they grudgingly finished just under the wire; late-night coffee, obsessive word counting, and a fair amount of teacher-specific bs-ing. It’s clear “The Essay” gets a bad rap, and [...]

Go to Top