Everyone deServes to Learn- an Introduction.

Hello and welcome! My name is Maria, and I am an ESL teacher.  Being an ESL teacher means I not only teach, but I am a coach, counselor, friend, and sometimes (at least I feel like) a parental figure.  I teach in a very small school with a large ratio of ESL students, and many of them are refugees or S.I.F.E.'s.  What are S.I.F.E.'s?  Students with interrupted formal education- this means they may have started school, but due to conditions in their home country, they couldn't go back or just didn't go back.  And now, they are in 4th grade or 6th grade with maybe a Kindergarten or 1st grade education. 

I have been so fortunate over the past six months to have had the help of my wonderful teammates at school in bridging the achievement gap for our students.  However, I couldn't have done it without the resources and tips I have gotten from so many wonderful teacher-blogs I have found.  Some of them are Ladybug's Teacher Files, Ms. M's Blog, 4th Grade Frolics, 3rd Grade Gridiron, Across the Hall in 2nd Grade, A Cupcake for the Teacher, and Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons.  Their endless ideas, resources, and materials have made me a much better teacher this year than I had been the previous year at school, struggling to come up with ideas to teach newcomers.  Thank you, ladies.

I plan to bring you ideas from the world of ESL, highlights from my school day, and materials to make your push-in or pull-out ESL classroom run smoothly.   I have created a store at Teachers Pay Teachers with a few materials and will be updating it soon with new materials, as well as things I have already made and used with my students.

I will be back soon with more information about me, but in the meantime, please let me know if there are any ESL-related topics or questions you have by leaving me a comment!

-Maria

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