Magazine article AMLE Magazine

It's November. Do You Know Where Your Students Are?

Magazine article AMLE Magazine

It's November. Do You Know Where Your Students Are?

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Are they settled in and on track? Are they going full speed ahead, eager to tackle more challenging coursework? Or do you see students who are struggling to make it to-and through-class? Do you see students who are lagging behind because of a lack of interest, or because of a cracked foundation in their content understand the language?

Supporting the needs of all students is a Herculean task, and I am constantly impressed by those in the classrooms and administrative offices who are able to identify what it takes to keep students focused on their learning each and every day. This recognition, however, goes beyond assessment data. These educators find clues in seemingly mundane things like the expression on a young girl's face or the lack of a spring in a quiet boy's walk.

This month we continue our look at strategies for educating all students, with a focus on English Language Learners and children from poverty. These students bring unique challenges into the classroom, but as the authors of the two focus articles emphasize, the key for instructors is knowing the students well and making the content relevant. …

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