Lately I seem to keep bumping into people who ask about resources for English Language Learners, so I was excited to get a copy of The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox: Hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students by Larry Ferlazzo and Kate Hull Sypnieski. Ferlazzo is a teacher who writes a popular education blog at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/ and he is known for sharing useful information. Sypnieski is a teacher and consultant focused on ELL instruction. Together, they’ve produced something that is VERY handy—not only for ELL students but also for students in general. As they note, “Good ELL teaching is good teaching for everyone!”
This book is chock-full of graphic organizers, templates, and handouts based on 45 different instructional strategies. By “strategies,” they mean things like independent reading, literary conversations, vocabulary, and sequencing. They describe each strategy, explain what they like about it, provide ample supporting research, note Common Core connections, explain how to teach it (including handouts), address what could go wrong, and provide technology connections.
While it is extremely comprehensive (some might say “encyclopedic”), it is also easily accessible. You can dig in anywhere and start using the tools today.
Check it out here!