How Common Core Standards Affect English Language Learners

How Do the Common Core Standards Affect English Language Learners? 4th in a series

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were created to help our students compete globally against students around the world. The CCSS outlines skill mastery in precise detail to ensure that students are either college- or career-ready when they graduate from high school, including those students who are non-native English speakers. There are hundreds of thousands of English Language Learners (ELL) in our public schools. How does the CCSS address the unique challenges of this student population? (more…)

Using Audio Books as Technology to Assist Student Readers

With so many ways to use technology in the classroom, one of my most reliable uses is the use of the audio book.

As a middle teacher who teaches students whom have newly migrated to America, have special needs, or various other circumstances, I am challenged to meet the needs of each student not only individually, but also the whole class during the time given. I decided to go back to basics. Basics being, going back to what many of the elementary school teachers are already doing. Stations, and reading TO children. (more…)