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Teaching & Learning: Curriculum - English Language Learners


Essential Standards


Essential Standards for Teachers

  • Organize learning around what students need to know and be able to do

  • Enrich teaching by cultivating students’ higher order of thinking process

  • Guide student inquiry by posing real-life tasks that require reasoning and problem-solving

  • Emphasize holistic concepts rather than fragmented units of information

  • Provide a variety of opportunities for students to explore and confront concepts and situations over time

  • Use multiple sources of information rather than a single text

  • Work in interdisciplinary teams

  • Use multiple forms of assessment to gather concrete evidence of student proficiencies

Sources= Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Lachat, M.A. (1999). Standards, equity and cultural diversity. Providence, RI: Northeast and Island Regional Educational Labortory at Brown University (LAB)


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