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    If a student gets pulled out of class for ELL instruction during a specific time 2x a week and they are missing that subject matter (math for example), how much responsibility does the ELL teacher have to cover that subject matter? Do they have any responsibility?

Reply1 :
    In response to when it is best to pull students out for ELD (ESL) instruction. It really depends on the number of students in each grade and how many teachers are servicing those students. For example, the best case scenario is to create the schedule around the LAL block as a replacement to provide accommodations and then also teach with either a set ESL curriculum or an aligned LAL curriculum. Students should not miss math instruction, especially since that is tested on the standardized tests in grades 3-8, and in some districts even lower as another official benchmark. Social studies and Science are hands-on for elementary students and should provide an area that lowers the affective filter. Regardless of how it is situated as pull out or push in, it should follow a daily instructional period of English language development and follow both WIDA and LAL standards, especially regarding the common core as per the code.

Eva Rogozinski
ESL Elem. SIG

Reply 2:
    That's something that's probably best decided between the school/district and the ESL teacher. For example in our school, at one point we pulled the students out of social studies/science. However, we realized they were missing some hands on activities that we wanted them to be a part of, so we decided to pull them out of language arts and replace that. Another thing to consider would be the grade/proficiency level. If you have very new newcomers/SIFE's who need foundation skills in number/word association and counting, pulling out of math could be a good idea; on the other hand, a student who came from a high math intensive background might thrive in math and struggle in language.

Fall 2013

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