Dear Otto: I need reading resources for ELL/ESL

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Here’s a great question I got from Shelley:

Tomorrow is a half day planning day so I can’t wait to look at all of the websites you have for 1st grade. I’m wondering what recommendations can you give for ELL/ESL students? One of my student’s home language is Spanish and the other home language is Pashto. Thank you for any recommendations!

I found three websites that share story books in lots of languages:

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Make Your Classroom a Happier Place for Children with Dyslexia

A great article – all teachers MUST read – promoting an App for dyslexic learners!!! Why not try it? I ‘m amazed….!

Ros Hynes Dyslexia Specialist Teacher

Are Children in Your Class Suffering Needlessly?

Today I want to talk about what we can do, as teachers, to improve the school experience for our students with reading and/or spelling difficulties.

I talked in a previous bog about the unhappiness and stress caused to many children with dyslexic difficulties by our school system. Today: some ideas for how we can try to reduce this stress.

Before I begin, it’s important to acknowledge that, however effective we may become in making learning environments more accessible for these children, many of them will still need specialist support to bring up their reading and spelling levels.

Specialist teachers and specialist intervention programmes can be hard to find – we know that many schools do not have access to a specialist teacher.

Do We Know Enough?

As a primary school teacher, I became aware that in every one of my classes, there were…

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