I've recently been hired in a new district where I'll be working with mostly immigrant and refugee students. Many of the students speak very little English. Most of them are newcomers, so some have little schooling experience and the experience they do have has been interrupted. I want to get off on the right foot with my new kiddos, while creating a calm and nurturing environment where they feel safe. I have to admit that I'm not quite sure what to expect, as I don't have much experience with a classroom that is primarily ELL outside of some subbing gigs. Do any of you have any suggestions for a solid start to the school year? What should I expect and what have your experiences been? Edit: I will be teaching 4th graders, if that helps narrow things down a bit! I will have them all day, but there will be an ESL teacher coming in to do English lessons with them in the afternoon.