Making the School Year Easier for You as the Teacher
As soon as you get a new English Language Learner in your classroom, let your ELL/ESL/TESOL teacher know. After the student enrolls, you are the next in line, so let the ELL teacher know so that he can collect background information about the student and start serving the student's needs as soon as possible. Have the ELL teacher come by to meet the student, and introduce them. This makes the student feel valued.
Invite the ELL teacher to parent meetings. This teacher is a specialist who is trained to work with these students and their parents as well as assist with translations, acquiring records, suggesting interventions, and monitoring progress. Plan with the ELL teacher, and provide your curriculum mapping so that he can co-teach the curriculum.
Pull in resource help for students, such as tutors to help with basic skills like counting in English and learning the English alphabet. In Kindergarten and first grade, this is taught, but in the upper grades, these basic skills can really hinder a Language Learner's progress.
The most important part about teaching ELL students in the mainstream classroom is to get to know these students. Most of them are bright, creative thinkers who excel in the arts, since that is an equal playing field for them. Learn about their families, their hopes and dreams, and where they come from. Learn about their culture and history, and teach them about ours. Everyone will benefit from the experience!