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ESL In-Class Support

March 2014

Question:
    Did any of you have any experience with push-in ESL?I am interested in kindergarten in-class support in particular, but I would greatly appreciate any grade level feedback.
Thank you.

Reply:
    I do mostly co-teaching in Kindergarten and it is wonderful for all students. My students benefit because they are not pulled out. The other students benefit because they are exposed to strategies that are good for all learners. I get to learn the classroom expectations in terms of the teacher and of the language the monolingual students produce. We co-plan lessons based on the language needs of my students and the skills and content that all students need. We work together to meet the CCSS and the WIDA Standards. I know that I am very fortunate to have developed their trust and this partnership. I think that pushing-in is the first step to collaborating. ESL teachers should no longer be confined to their classrooms only. Pull-out offers some wonderful advantages to our students, especially to those in ELd 1 and 2. A combination of both models is optimum. As the year progresses, moving towards a model of co-teaching and/or collaborative push-in is beneficial for all.

Monica Schnee, Bilingual/ESL Early childhood / Pre-K - K Representative

Reply:
    I do push-in in K. I closely work with the homeroom teacher, and based on what she is working on I go and help my two students with anything they need to be doing. I sit with them by their desk. We read, do sight words, practice skills or write etc. If they are finished, I do help others as well, or those who struggle. My push-in lasts 35 min.

Reply:
    I do push-in with K as well. I am in the classroom twice a week and the teacher has me working with a group of students (which include mine) on their regular activities. The others in the class are also working in their groups. I have found it be a very productive use of my time. It is also very helpful to see what the other students are doing and the expectations of the teacher.

Reply:
    For the first time this year I went to primarily push-in. I find it very difficult to give the students a small group setting ad their teacher is teaching a lesson. It is even harder for scheduling purposes, most especially when you have new students enter your program. I much prefer the pull-out model all the way around.

Reply:
    Hi, I am a Bilingual/ESL teacher. I prefer pull out because you can focus on whatever skill you are working on. Push-in depends on the mainstream teacher. Especially for KG small group instruction will be beneficial.

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