How the Classroom becomes a Community

As a veteran teacher of over fifteen years who has taught all different ages of students from many cultural backgrounds, I know the importance of having a lesson plan and materials ready to go to address student needs and challenges.
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Understanding the Many Immigrant Stories

We often see narratives about our students, classes, and schools that don't line up with the reality we see in front of us. In the Super ELL framework, we're committed to an asset-based approach to teaching ELL students.
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Become a Powerful Educator at Our 2017 Conference

Are you currently using Growth Mindset, confidence-building, and other success building social-emotional techniques with your ELL students? Do you want the tools to help your students realize their dreams?
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The Transformational Power of an Educator

Chants of “Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees…” followed me into school every morning.
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Quick Tip: REBUS Puzzles

Ever need a fun activity to jump-start your class or help fill the last 5 minutes after a grueling day? I always kept a few "word puzzle sheets" around for times when we needed a bit of levity in the classroom.
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Learning the Essentials

As with many things in life, small changes in how we operate can make enormous impacts on the outcomes we seek. This truth extends itself to our effectiveness as bilingual and ESL educators, especially when it comes to reading and writing.
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Bringing Community to Holiday Celebrations

In high school, it can feel like the holiday season is kicked off with homecoming. The football game, dance, and spirit week festivities happen right before Halloween, and then it’s November.
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Could this Bad Behavior be Trauma-Related?

You know the kids: the troublemakers, the ones who can't sit still, the kids that often make your job more difficult. They may be diagnosed with ADHD, Bipolar or Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Or they may just seem disrespectful and...
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It’s All About the Connections

Many of us have experienced traveling to a foreign country and having a difficult time understanding the language, but at the same time being exciting to learn about the history, culture, and food of where we were visiting.
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Graphic Novels for ELLs

Graphic novels get a bad rap sometimes.
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Turning Students into Teachers

In my third period class of 28 students, we speak 14 different native languages and represent 17 countries from five continents. Maybe this sounds exceptional, but in our school, it is the norm for ELL classes.
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5 Tips for a “Safe Haven” ELL Classroom

“I realized if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change enough communities you can change the world.”  --Erin Gruwell
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Mawi Learning Wins NewSchools Venture Fund ELL Challenge

We are excited to announce that Mawi Learning is a winner in the NewSchools Ignite ELL challenge, thanks to our Super ELL program! The funding and technical support will allow us to expand our impact and better serve our partners and...
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Relatable Role Models

It matters for students to see relatable examples of positive role models who look like them or have a similar background to theirs.
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