Herkimer's Helpful HInts

Helpful tips to help engage ELL Learners in your classroom

Welcome to 2015

To New Beginnings

As educators, we are privileged to have a chance for a fresh start twice every year. I know we can always do so, but as far as resolutions and new goals, we have the beginning of a New School Year and of a New Calendar Year, which for us almost coincides with the start of a new semester. So, in this regard, below is a link with some food-for-thought.

Either you choose to do-over or to continue focusing on your August goals, I wish 2015 to be your best year yet, both personally and professionally!

SIOP Tidbits

January Focus

Component 5: Interaction

This component refers to the following features:

16- Provide students with plenty of opportunities for interactions and discussions with teachers and among students. Benefits of interaction include brain stimulation, increased motivation, reduced risk, more processing time, and increased attention.

17 - Include group configurations to support Language & Content Objectives of the lesson; options may include individual work, group work, triads, and cooperative learning structures

18 - Provide sufficient wait time for responses. Effective SIOP teachers allow students to express their thoughts fully without interruption.

19- Give ample opportunities for students to clarify key concepts in their first language. This particular feature usually applies to bilingual classrooms.


Adapted from Making Content Comprehensible for English Language Learners, The SIOP Model by Jana Echevarria, Mary Ellen Vogt and Deborah J. Short.

Component 5: Interaction

10 Key Concepts

New Years Resolutions for Teachers


10 key concepts for teachers to challenge themselves to do this year.

Technology Integration

Even though here, at IES, we are already familiar with a few of them, check these 13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About and continue to integrate technology in your classroom, as you engage our students.


21st Century Education

Ten Ways to Teach Innovation: The system is evolving, but not quickly enough to get young people ready for the new world http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/04/10-ways-to-teach-innovation/

Parent Engagement

Parent Communication: TO vs WITH http://chriswejr.com/2011/09/05/parent-communication-to-vs-with/

Contact Information

Denise Herkimer
Language Acquisition Specialist
Homstead and Polser Elementary
Homestead Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 469-713-5181
Polser on Tuesday and Thursday 469-713-5978