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Remote Learning for ESL and Family Support

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Thuy Myers Thuy Myers 718 Points


I am an ESOL or ESL teacher in a K-5 school.  I can take solice in knowing that most everyone has been learning remotely during this Pandemic to some extent.  Remote learning has been an issue with my students due to so many factors from homelife to outside influences.  If you are an ESOL teacher or have language learners in your room, how are you reaching your students with science lessons and getting family support?  What types of resources are you utilizing for engagement?  Thank you for your input!

Faith Valdez Faith Valdez 190 Points

Hello Ms. Myers, 

I am a pre-service teacher attending university so I have not experienced the hardships of distance learning. However, I have read articles about how difficult it is for teachers to help students and for students to do their best online. I hope by now you have found ways to reach your students and engage them and their families in science lessons at home.

Anika Perry Anika Perry 870 Points

Hello Mrs Myers, 

I am a third year elementary education major earning endorsments in reading and special education at Wartburg College. I have not yet taught in my own classroom, however I have dicussed straegies with many teachers for learning remotely. Video chatting with a group of students, is not ideal, however most of the teachers I have talked with said it was the best way. It may also be benifical to video chat with them one-on-one or in small groups in order to get more out of it. Also, if you find a youtube video related to science, you could have the students listen to the video with subtitles in their native language, so they could clarify words they may not understand. This would be a great way to introduce the lesson to the student and the parent could also be watching if they had time. Sending home fun, simple science activites for families to try all together would be helpful as well. It not only allows the kids to learn, but brings families together as well. I hope these ideas helped!


Chad James Capote Chad James Capote 180 Points

My school has purchased a Bartleby subscription, and most of my students have been using it. Many of the students in community school also happen to be from non-English speaking backgrounds. A recent school survey highlighted that their tools- Homework help, Write, Learn, Literature guides - are helping students in developing the English language as well.

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