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In a previous blog post, we introduced our new Ellevation Strategies videos and gave you a sneak peek of our most popular activity in action. Now, we are excited to take a deeper dive and share what teachers are saying about some of the activities we have featured in our videos.
Last fall, a few members of Ellevation’s Instructional Product Team were fortunate enough to travel to Elmhurst Community School District 205 and spend a few days in the classrooms of some extraordinary teachers. We brought along the film crew from Awake Storytelling to capture nine of our activities from Ellevation Strategies in action.
Meet the teachers and hear what they are saying about the impact of Ellevation’s instructional activities with their students!
As a third grade teacher in Conrad Fischer’s Bilingual Elementary School and a native Spanish speaker herself, Ms. Valencia has always been able to connect and communicate with her ELL students who mostly speak Spanish. But introducing Ellevation activities this year has expanded her impact, by ensuring her students with diverse linguistic abilities understand her lessons and are able to engage with class content.
Maritza is a Reading Specialist who supports struggling readers- both ELL and native English speakers - across the grade levels at Conrad Fischer. Having access to the activities in Ellevation has allowed her to integrate new instructional strategies into her reading lessons and see real results.
In years past, as the 6th grade Bilingual Math and ELA instructor, Ms. Villalobos worked with her EL students during specific pull-out periods of the day. This year, she has had the opportunity to team teach with content teachers. Bringing Ellevation activities into her classes has helped all students better understand and practice their grade level math and reading lessons.
Mrs. Desai has years of experience supporting ELLs in classrooms
K-5. This year at Emerson Elementary, she really appreciates the way she is able to use Ellevation Strategies during her small group instruction but also share with the classroom teachers she works with.
Ms. Kawa loves having a diverse second grade class and continuously strives to provide language-rich learning into every lesson, every day. She felt Ellevation made it so much easier to do this year, all while providing appropriate differentiated support suggestions. Both she and her students love the new opportunities that engage them in powerful learning activities.
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