Finding a great new resource for ELLs is always exciting. Brain Pop is a website with online games for kids. It has been around for a long time but it has changed greatly. The webpage also has great tools for teachers as well. It allows teachers to create quizzes and puzzles that are printable.
My favorite new section is one for English learners. I have been asked many times by principals and teacher what they can do with newcomer English learners the first few weeks of school. This is a great tool for them to begin getting some English, feel engaged, and practice new necessary words. Yon can select by Enlgish language proficiency level 1, 2 or 3. It includes a list of words at that level and games to practice.
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Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for Understood.org and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.
Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.