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Adjust Your Teaching Styles for Students in ESL/Bilingual Classrooms 
Adjust Your Teaching Styles to Students' Learning Styles
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Tobey Bassoff is a bilingual Assistant Principal at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, CO. She has a strong ESL teaching background and is deeply committed to creating and sustaining culturally proficient communities. Angevine is a diverse community that has strong ESL and Dual Language programs with an average of 45% of students on free/reduced lunch. Currently she works on projects that increase the educational opportunities for homeless and highly mobile children.

Tobey has an M.A. from Columbia University, Teacher's College and a BA in English and Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Articles of interest selected by Tobey & colleagues.

"ELL Spoken Here,"
T.H.E. Journal

"Teaching English Language Learners: What the research does--and does not--say"
American Educator


"Education is not the filling  of a pail, but the lighting of a fire"
William Butler Yeats

Have a question or suggestion about how to adjust your teaching styles for students in ESL/bilingual classrooms? 
E-mail Tobey.

Tobey's articles on ESL/Bilingual Classrooms.

NEW All About Bags

NEW Tell Me

Racism: Building Vocabulary through Inquiry

Categorizing to Build Vocabulary

Famous Pairs

Mailbag: Questions about ESL and ELL

Standards-based Instruction and English Language Learners

Five Ways to Effectively Enhance Instruction for ELLs

The Queen’s English Is NOT for Me

How Do We Ensure Student Voice in the Classroom

How Technology Can Help You Reach English Language Learners

Research-Based Classroom Strategies for Teachers in Diverse Classrooms

M.S. Grammar Lesson Adapted for ELL Students

Lesson Plan for a Middle/High School Level Language Arts Class
Differentiated for the ELL Student in a General Education Classroom

Connecting ELLs to Accessible Texts

So What’s the Difference Between ESL and ELL?

Helping ELL/ESL Students with Math

Resources for Teachers of ELL/ESL Students

Linking Math and Literacy

Helping ELL/ESL Students Connect Math to Real Life Experiences

From the Teachers of Color Summit

Where to Start: Introductory Ideas for Teaching the Non-English Speaker

Using Authentic Literature as a Model for Writing Memoirs with ELL/ESL Students

Starting a Pre-School Spanish Program

Building Your ELL/ESL Student's Vocabulary

Starting Out a Reading Program for ELL/ESL Students

Action Research in the ELL/ESL Classroom

The Primary Needs of ELL/ESL Learners

Tobey's articles on ESL/Bilingual Classrooms.

Making Center Learning Meaningful for ELL/ESL Students

Welcoming a Non-English Speaking Student to Your Class

Including ELL/ESL Parents in the Classroom

Teaching Science with Your ELL/ESL Learners

Time Effective Approach to Assessing ELL/ESL Students

Boosting Vocabulary in Meaningful Ways for Your ELL/ESL Students

Developing Meaning When Reading to ELL/ESL Students

Breaking the Language Barrier in Mathematics

Getting Started - How to Set Up an Effective ELL/ESL Classroom

Tobey's Lesson Plans

Understanding Global Poverty: A 5th Grade or ELL/ESL Unit

Ringo - Building Consonant Sounds with ELL/ESL Learners

Other articles on adjusting  your teaching styles for students in ESL/bilingual classrooms.

ELL/ESL Instruction and Early Childhood Literacy:  Combining Two Styles of Teaching and Learning

Related Lesson Plans

Libros Y Amigos: Publishing Bilingual Books

Moving from Talking with Pictures to Speaking with Words and Sound

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Notes from the National Association of Bilingual Education Conference


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