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Teaching English learners a new culture

Susan Rudolph is the Newcomer teacher at Place Bridge Academy in Denver, Colorado.  Most of her students are refugees from countries such as Nepal, Burma, and poor African nations.  These students often need education beyond reading and writing – many of them need to be taught how to turn on the lights or use an indoor restroom.  Ms. Rudolph is constantly reminded how different each cultures is. “We were talking about why a book needs a cover,” Ms. Rudolph recalled, “and one of my students said, ‘So the ants don’t eat the pages.’  Who would think of that here?  But when you live in a place where ants are a major part of your life, you think of such things.” We know many of you can relate to Susan Rudolph.  Being a teacher goes beyond the textbook.  Your kids are fortunate to have you!
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7 ways to make reading exciting

When you’re nine years old, what’s more exciting: a video game or a good book? Hopefully the book is an appealing option, but with flashing lights and cool gadgets as competition, an old-fashioned book isn’t always a student’s first choice. Children, especially struggling readers, are often attracted to media-rich components. So how can you help your students discover that books can come to life? Making reading exciting for your students can be as easy as helping them find new ways to enjoy and make connections with the books they read. Try these tips that will not only help them understand books, but help bring them to life, too.
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