Middle School Changes…


The middle school schedule and life has taken a few days to get adjusted to and by no means am I an expert; but that’s only part of my day. I also get to be in two elementaries to works with ELLs there. The beginning of the year for any ELL teacher is tough because we have to test all of our new students. One school was already completed for me by last years ELL teacher so I am grateful for that. I have two buildings to test beginning tomorrow morning with my middle school students.

What I have noticed since being in the middle school is that there is a lot of talking…talking by the teacher. The students are sitting while information is being thrown at them from every direction. WOW. I don’t know if I were an ELL student if I’d be able to follow along let alone survive.

I wonder why elementary school is so different than middle school. Why do students need to sit in their seats the whole time? Why do they need to be read aloud to by the teacher? Why can’t they listen to a read aloud by sitting on the floor as a group?

Students even in middle school should be read aloud to in class, should have the opportunity to get up and move and most importantly, students should not be expected to sit still during the day. I challenge you to incorporate one of the above mentioned items. Comment below to let me know how it’s going…