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Old 05-08-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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Hi

I am looking for some help with a few questions I have about ELL Classrooms. I teach second grade right now at a school in Massachusetts. This is my first year teaching and part of the reason I was hired is because I am dual certified- Elementary and English as a Second Language. Right now, I have 23 kids- 9 of them are ELL and about 5 of them are very low.

My principal just announced that next year I will have all of the low ELL kids due to lack of support. Right now, there is only one other full time ELL teacher and he spreads himself amongst grades K, 1, and 2 throughout the day. We also have a partimer who helps out 2 x each week. My principal's idea is to group all of the ELL kids together in one classroom in each grade so the ELL teacher can focus more of his time in fewer classrooms.

I'm extremely worried because even though I will have more time with the ELL specialist, he still has two other grades to tend to, so a significant part of the day will be spent without support. Does anyone have any experience with this type of model? Also, to me, it seems like grouping all of the kids together is kind of wrong. Does anyone else see this as a problem?

I'm just really worried and I feel like I'm going to burn myself out trying to do this...


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I would ask your principal to check...and also call maybe the DOE or ROE and research it yourself. Isn't this considered tracking? Tracking is illegal in most places. The only time you can really do this is if you are educating ONLY the students who are ESL students, in which case you would be a bilingual classroom.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:00 PM
 
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You don't want to group all of the ELLs into one classroom...where would the "models" be? One of the best ways for ELLS to progress is to interact with native English speaking peers. Perhaps split between 2 classrooms, but depending on how many students are in you school.

I've been split between 3 grade levels. Hopefully the grade levels stagger their LA blocks so that the ESL teacher is able to support the LA block for each grade he/she supports. Any time left in the day is spent pushing into content classes. It seems very doable with 1 1/2 ESL teachers. I would suspect that parents would complain if the class was all low ELLs.
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You'll have all the low ELLs K-2 in one room with no English models?!!

I agree with the others, this is not appropriate for the students learning English and may be a civil rights violation as well. You might want to check on that, there have been some court cases dealing with such matters as appropriate education for second language learners.
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