English Language Learners: A STEP in the right direction.
Where to Look?
Extending My Knowledge
Taking the Right "STEPS"
It contains information on the STEP initial language assessment, that can assist teachers who need to assess new English Language Learners. There is a great deal of information on the site, so I focused on one area that I thought would be beneficial
The STEP initial assessment is a step-by-step (pun intended) users guide that can assist with the first time assessment process. It provides suggestions for welcoming new families, has interview questions to assess oral language, and also has some early literacy tasks to help paint a picture of the needs of the student.
One of the other documents on the site, STEP Steps to English Proficiency A Guide for Users, has some great strategies to assist all English Language Learners.
Just like students who may come from different backgrounds and speak different languages, this is a journey full of new discoveries and probably some obstacles that we will need to overcome. These new resources and knowledge that I now have will make me better prepared for future challenges, and will hopefully help my students as well.