ESL Instructional News
Resources for New Teachers
The Teaching Channel has a New Teacher Survival Guide with lots of great information.
Or you might want to read this article What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher by ElLena Aguilar
Or check out the Resources Toolkit for New Teachers on Edutopia
Advice for New Teachers: Learning to Pronounce Students' Names
If you want to get into the details, you can read this article. But I'll summarize here:
- Pronouncing students' names correctly matters --- a lot.
- If you don't know how to pronounce a student's name, just ask them. You may have to insist. "Yes. I really want to know how to say your name." This will go a long way in building a good relationship with a student.
- If you have lots of names to learn, be systematic. Write down the phonetic pronunciation on a card, your phone, or on a clipboard.
Free Online Professional Development Courses from Understanding Language
Starting October 3, Understanding Language at the Stanford Graduate School of Education will offer three online professional development courses sponsored by the Gates Foundation and S.H. Cowell Foundation to impact instructional practice, programs, and policy in order to create more meaningful learning experiences for language learners. There are two strands available for participants – one focused on instruction and the other on leadership.