Catching up ELLs

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  1. Johnjoel

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    Hey everyone - I'm a new teacher and I just had a question about how to catch up ELLs who are pulled out for about an hour each morning.

    It just so happens that my ELLs get pulled out everyday to work with a fantastic ESL specialist during Reading everyday. I have a tough time getting them caught up with what they miss in reading because (1) a lot of it is too advanced for them anyway and (2) the extra time I do have each day is simply just not enough time to reteach and have them complete the work.

    Anyone else have a similar problem?
     
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  3. Johnjoel

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    No one has had a similar experience?
     
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    Is it necessary for them to make up what they are missing when they are out for language support? When I taught resouce, the students weren't expected to complete work they weren't in the classroom for because I didn't feel that it was fair for them to have to do double the work.
     
  5. Johnjoel

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    That's been my philosophy, but I just am worried that I might be cheating them!
     
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    As an ESL pullout teacher, I don't expect my students to make up everything they miss. I try to pull students during parts of the day that they wouldn't be able to do the work in anyway or won't be a big deal if they miss. Talk to the ESL teacher about what they do during ESL, is it addressing their reading needs? If so, don't worry about it, but try to have at least a few minutes during the day for some small group intervention in the classroom.
     
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    You could also talk to your ESl instructor and give them some materials they are missing in class and they may be able to incorporate them into what they're already working on. I send worksheets or vocab words with mine so that it's at least touched on during the time they're missing.
     
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    I'm taking classes for and ELL endorsement. We are told it can take up to three years for ELLs to acquire conversational English and up to seven years for them to become fluent in academic English. I wouldn't push them to make up the reading they miss when they are at ELL classes. They are getting the appropriate instruction there I would think.
     
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    I also feel that the work that an ELL student is doing with an ELA specialist is so important and they need not do "make-up work" for the work they missed in class. They are doing work that is specifically tailored to them and is probably much more appropriate. If there is a specific skill or topic you REALLY feel they need, then teach it to them. Otherwise, realize they are getting what they need with their other teacher. It's not about the quantity of work, it's the quality! Good luck!
     
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    This is fine as long as its done several days ahead of time with the understanding the ESL teacher may or may not get it done. I hate it when teachers give me something as I walk up to get the kids and say, "Oh could you do this with them today?" It feels like they don't respect the amount of time I spend planning creating lessons based on student needs. Plus I pull students from multiple classes and then I have to figure out what to do with the rest of the students. (Luckily, this doesn't happen very often anymore. The teachers at my current school show a lot of respect for what I try to do).
     
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    My ELL kids do not do the same work. If they have no ELL that day or come back early I have activities for them to do - phonics, guided reading with me, spelling activities, ect....
     

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