SEI Classroom HELP
05082012, 04:58 PM


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...
