I am an ESL teacher in a low-income, high poverty school district. My students are faced with many challenges both in and out of the classroom. Learning a new language is difficult enough but try coming to a large elementary school your first day in a new country not speaking a word of the language.
My students are brave and adventurous; full of wonder and excitement for learning.
They are appreciative for anything that they are given. For some, being in school and accessing learning is a gift. We have recently started receiving students from the hard hit storm ravaged areas of Puerto Rico. These students have lost everything, yet are coming to school in a new place with smiles on their faces.
This year at our school we have over 114 English Language Learners from many different countries. Most of them speak Spanish but other languages represented are Arabic, Portuguese, Polish, Urdu, Bulgarian, Swedish, French, Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, Russian, and Korean! Our school is truly a snapshot of America. It represents our rich immigrant history and is a welcoming and
nurturing community of learners.
I have all these wonderful materials that generous donors have given my English Learners. The problem is... where can I put it all now?
Shelves may not seem like an important resource for teachers or students but without a place to store and organize materials, my ESL students aren't able to easily access them and teachers cannot find what they are looking for quickly.
I share my materials with general educators to use in their classrooms to enhance learning for their English Learners. Dedicated shelving units would be ideal for our ELL Lending Library of materials and books. It would be nice to have all of the materials in one place in my classroom!
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