"Si se puede" is the slogan we have in my transitional bilingual classroom in Trenton, New Jersey. By providing opportunities for students of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, these curious learners can believe that their goals are possible to achieve.
All my students have immigrated to the United States to access both the economic and educational advantages that exist here.
Their limited English proficiency is not limiting their desire to learn. They are eager to learn the required curriculum as they are developing skills in the English language.
These students have been in the country for no more than three years, and most have been here for less than a year. It is important that they participate in engaging and authentic activities to acquire their new language with confidence. As their teacher, I strive to provide them with an educational environment that fosters this growth!
Group meeting areas are important for group discussions. Large groups meet for mini lessons and special academic events at the gathering rug in the classroom. Students meet in small groups for academic conversations at various tables throughout the classroom. One of these small group locations is a floor level seating table that is in need of a rug.
By providing students with multiple diverse opportunities for group conversations whether they be large or small, student have the ability to increase their practice time with linguistic and numerical literacy skills.
The ultimate goal is for all students to gain the confidence needed to face all the academic and social challenges they may encounter in the school setting.
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