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Welcome to The ESL Teaching Podcast, a place for K-12 teachers of English learners who are looking for simple and easy-to-implement ways to engage their students and for inspiration and empowerment in their day-to-day teaching. Whether you need a boost of confidence in reaching ESL/ELL newcomers, students in mixed proficiency level classes, or clarity in how to help them access content in the mainstream classrooms, this podcast will quickly become your go-to spot for inspiration and support. Each week, you will hear actionable and easy-to-implement tips and strategies from me, your host, as well as interviews with amazing ESL teachers, and educational consultants around the country so you can leave inspired and ready to rock on. For more teaching tips, strategies and teaching resources, go to www.simplyieva.com. And to connect with other like-minded educators of English learners, join us over at our Facebook group Helping ESL/ELL Teachers K-12 where you can find support, ask questions, and share your expertise.I always say: teaching English learners is the best job in the world. And even though it’s sometimes hard, by staying open and learning together, we make it a path of discovery and adventure. I will see you inside the show!www.simplyieva.com/apple

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Welcome to The ESL Teaching Podcast, a place for K-12 teachers of English learners who are looking for simple and easy-to-implement ways to engage their students and for inspiration and empowerment in their day-to-day teaching. Whether you need a boost of confidence in reaching ESL/ELL newcomers, students in mixed proficiency level classes, or clarity in how to help them access content in the mainstream classrooms, this podcast will quickly become your go-to spot for inspiration and support. Each week, you will hear actionable and easy-to-implement tips and strategies from me, your host, as well as interviews with amazing ESL teachers, and educational consultants around the country so you can leave inspired and ready to rock on. For more teaching tips, strategies and teaching resources, go to www.simplyieva.com. And to connect with other like-minded educators of English learners, join us over at our Facebook group Helping ESL/ELL Teachers K-12 where you can find support, ask questions, and share your expertise.I always say: teaching English learners is the best job in the world. And even though it’s sometimes hard, by staying open and learning together, we make it a path of discovery and adventure. I will see you inside the show!www.simplyieva.com/apple

    Episode 52 - How to Use Your Teacher Burnout As An Opportunity for Growth with Amber Harper

    Episode 52 - How to Use Your Teacher Burnout As An Opportunity for Growth with Amber Harper

    In today’s episode, I speak with my friend, Amber Harper about teacher burnout. Amber is a full time kindergarten teacher and teacher burnout coach. After struggling with burnout for most of her teaching career, in 2016 she created Burned In Teacher. Now she uses her podcast, book, and online course and community to coach teachers through her 8 step burned in process to help them use burnout for an opportunity for growth so they can live a more fulfilled career and life.
    She shares about her own journey in education and burnout and that of people she has worked with. When someone is burned out, she explains, the first step is to admit it - “I'm burned out.” To say it is to own it and take responsibility for it. Next is to identify your teacher burnout type, which she has a quiz for this on her website. Not everyone’s burnout is alike and knowing what is causing you to feel burned out will help you understand what steps to take next.
    The second step is to understand your teacher brand. In other words, learn to be self aware and check your own ego and bias before you enter situations. Amber suggests that seeking to understand before seeking to be understood is key if you need to confront negative situations with colleagues. She describes a situation where she had to do this in a planning meeting that had turned toxic over time.
    Overall, Amber explains that when dealing with burnout, you either have to change yourself or your environment, or sometimes both. We discuss how no one is doing things to you, you are allowing them to happen in most cases. She gives the example of setting time boundaries so that you can leave by your contract hours. Learn from the times that you feel frustrated about leaving late and adjust your boundaries for the next time. 
    Life is messy. There will never be a perfect system for balancing a teacher career and all of the other things in your life. Things will always need to be flexible. As a rule of thumb, Amber recommends asking yourself - what is one gift you can give yourself in the future? How can you set future-you up for success?
    What you will hear about Teacher Burnout:
    Different forms of Teacher BurnoutTips for collaborating and building rapport with colleagues when you are frustratedHow to reflect on yourself and your environment when experiencing burnoutWays to set “future you” up for success
    Resources
    ESL Teacher Support - 1:1 coaching session with Ieva Grauslys (©Simply Ieva) ESL Teaching Roadmap - podcast birthday sale 20% ALL plans. 25 Authentic Speaking Activities for Your ESL ClassroomSimply Ieva ESL Teachers Pay Teachers StoreTeachable Platform - Courses and WorkshopsFollow me on Instagram Join the Simply Ieva Facebook Group Simply Ieva Youtube ChannelYou may also be interested in:
    Amber’s website - Burned In Teacher  Connect with Amber on Instagram - @burnedinteacher 

    • 57 min
    Episode 51 - Teaching English Content - Here are 3 Ideas How To Make it Accessible to ELs

    Episode 51 - Teaching English Content - Here are 3 Ideas How To Make it Accessible to ELs

    In today’s episode, I discuss academic connections in response to a question from one of my listeners about teaching English Content.
    Why is traditional English Language Arts content inferencing, finding metaphors and similes, and identifying literary elements,  so difficult for English Learners? It is a higher order thinking skill that requires a deep understanding of the language and having background in it. 
    The first thing to consider is that English Learners need to understand. In order to do any of the higher order thinking activities in ELA class, they must understand the content. To support with this, you could try finding books from the class in the students’ first language. There are many classic, western books that are commonly translated. You could also bring the content to them by creating summaries or storyboards. Reading the entire book might be frustrating for English Learners. One strategy I’ve used is to select a few stories from a book and create a google slide summary of those stories. Take important quotes and insert them into the summary. These can be used to highlight an event, a theme, or a character in the story. You can also look for graphic novels or story boards of the book you are reading.
    Next, consider how to present the content. Remember to scaffold, scaffold, scaffold. Pre Teach vocabulary, use visuals like representations of characters, and use repetition.
    Finally, teach literary elements using something other than text. Ideas like characters, setting, conflict, climax, and resolution can be found in movies, short videos, and real life.
    What you will hear about Teaching English Content to ELs:
    Why traditional ELA content is so challenging for English LearnersHow to make english content accessible to English LearnersTips and Strategies for how to teach complex academic terms like literary elementsResources
    ESL Teacher Support - 1:1 coaching session with Ieva Grauslys (©Simply Ieva) ESL Teaching Roadmap - podcast birthday sale 20% ALL plans. 25 Authentic Speaking Activities for Your ESL ClassroomSimply Ieva ESL Teachers Pay Teachers StoreTeachable Platform - Courses and WorkshopsFollow me on Instagram Join the Simply Ieva Facebook Group Simply Ieva Youtube ChannelShort story The Last LeafShort story Lamb to the SlaughterShort film One Man BandThe ESL Teaching Roadmap - short film After The Rain Episode 3 - 5 Steps to Teaching Mixed Proficiency Class

    • 22 min
    Episode 50 - Fun and Effective Test Prep Strategies with Laura Kebart

    Episode 50 - Fun and Effective Test Prep Strategies with Laura Kebart

    In today’s episode, I discuss test prep with a dear friend and business bestie of mine, Laura Kebart. Laura serves busy middle school English Language Arts teachers who actively choose family time over prepping for class. Through her website, lesson plan resources, and annual virtual conferences, she helps teachers go home earlier each day so they can teach with confidence and enjoy life outside the classroom. She wanted to be a teacher since she was a second grader and spent 17 years in the classroom. English Language Learners have always been a part of her classes at various grade levels and she shares about doing everything she could to make them feel welcome and safe, while learning from any and all mistakes along the way.
    Our conversation is focused on Test Prep Strategies because standardized test season is right around the corner for most districts. All of the standards that students need to know to be successful on tests can be overwhelming, so Laura explains that she prefers to step back and focus on the big strategies of academic vocabulary, making logical inferences, and understanding what rigorous questions are actually asking. These skills apply to all students at all grade levels and can start as early as day one of the school year.
    Laura shares a number of test prep activities she uses that don’t feel like test prep. Her first suggestion, play around with sentence frames using reading, writing, speaking, and listening -  Roll paper cubes with a sentence stem on each side, write sentence stems on beach balls, number 6 sentence frames on the board and have students roll dice in groups to practice reading and completing the sentence out loud.  Another idea is to give students a practice test with answer choices randomly circled. Tell them, “I already took the test and you need to grade it.” Have students read the passage and decide if the teacher's answers are correct or incorrect.
    Finally, spend time paraphrasing the question. Don’t read the passage, don’t answer the questions, just paraphrase. This skill, alone, will help students be successful.
    What you will hear about building background knowledge for your ESL students:
    How to review without burning out or feeling like its a reviewIdeas for resources, where to find them and what to do with themWays to engage your students and what skills to focus on
    Resources
    As mentioned in the episode, I am linking some useful resources!
    ESL Teacher Support - 1:1 coaching session with Ieva Grauslys (©Simply Ieva) ESL Teaching Roadmap - podcast birthday sale 20% ALL plans. 25 Authentic Speaking Activities for Your ESL ClassroomSimply Ieva ESL Teachers Pay Teachers StoreTeachable Platform - Courses and WorkshopsFollow me on Instagram Join the Simply Ieva Facebook Group Simply Ieva Youtube ChannelLaura’s website and training
    Language Arts TeachersMSELA Summit

    • 42 min
    Episode 49: 5 Ways to Build Background Knowledge for your ESL Students

    Episode 49: 5 Ways to Build Background Knowledge for your ESL Students

    In order for students to reach an optimal level of learning, they need to know what we’re talking about and that involves not only language, but background knowledge of the subject area concepts. In today’s episode, I will share 5 ways to build background knowledge for your ESL students.
    Being immersed in the language is so important, but this can’t be completely effective without background knowledge. A warm up or background building activity is pretty standard in most lessons, but are essential for our English Language Learners. Because they are from all different cultures, they are not all familiar with well known things we may take for granted.
    There are 5 strategies I like to use when building background knowledge with my ESL students. First, I like to use pictures and images, keeping in mind that these not all created equal. Images must support students at their level of understanding. Next, I like to preview Vocabulary. Choose target words for your lesson and teach them in a way that your students can access them. Several images, Space to translate, sentences using the word in context, space for students to create their own sentence
    Third is relating to personal experiences.The  FIFA world cup helped me explain the word, “appeal” (Hear the full story in Episode 49). If you have beginners, utilize first language strategically, which is strategy #4.  Usually as students progress, they no longer need the translation. Finally, take field trips  and allow students to do some experiential learning in order to build background or solidify understanding.
    What you will hear about building background knowledge for your ESL students:
    5 ways to build background knowledgeExamples of lessons I’ve taught with studentsReasons why building background knowledge is so importantResources
    As mentioned in the episode, I am linking some useful resources!
    ESL Teacher Support - 1:1 coaching session with Ieva Grauslys (©Simply Ieva) ESL Teaching Roadmap - podcast birthday sale 20% ALL plans. 25 Authentic Speaking Activities for Your ESL ClassroomSimply Ieva ESL Teachers Pay Teachers StoreTeachable Platform - Courses and WorkshopsFollow me on Instagram Join the Simply Ieva Facebook Group Simply Ieva Youtube Channel

    • 21 min
    Episode 48 - 8 reasons why ESL instructional coaching is an integral part in teacher success

    Episode 48 - 8 reasons why ESL instructional coaching is an integral part in teacher success

    Happy New Year, 2023! I quite enjoy having a routine but I am also a huge fan of the energy of new beginnings.
    And speaking about new beginnings and embracing what works, in today’s episode, I want to share with you something that I have not talked about yet! And that is ESL instructional coaching, educational coaching especially for teachers who work with English learners. I have come to realize that frequently as teachers we need someone to talk to, someone to bounce ideas off and realize that we, in fact, are doing great - but that requires another person to hear you out! In this episode, I will share with you what instructional coaching is, types of instructional coaching, the benefits of it as well as how you can get started right here with Simply Ieva. 

    Resources mentioned in the episode:
    ESL Teacher Support - 1:1 coaching session with Ieva Grauslys (©Simply Ieva) - only 5 spots availableThe ESL Teaching Roadmap – membership community for middle and high school ESL/ELL teachers. As a thank you for listening, use code ESLPODCAST for 10% off when you join. 25 Authentic Speaking Activities for Your ESL ClassroomSimply Ieva ESL Teachers Pay Teachers StoreTeachable Platform - Courses and WorkshopsFollow me on Instagram Join the Simply Ieva Facebook Group Simply Ieva Youtube ChannelOther resources you might be interested in:
    Bright Morning 
    Diane Sweeney Consulting
    How Coaching Can Impact Teachers, Principals, and Students

    • 16 min
    Episode 47 - 5 Ways to Reset Your ESL Classroom Management

    Episode 47 - 5 Ways to Reset Your ESL Classroom Management

     In today’s episode, I will share with you 5 ways you can reset your classroom anytime of year.
    The first one is to revisit classroom expectations. It is okay, when the classroom starts to feel out of control, you can stop and ask yourself and your students questions like these to make sure expectations are present and clear.
    How do we begin a class. Show me what the students do and what the teacher does.When do we talk in class?When do we go to the bathroom?How to we ask for help?What is your responsibility if you are absent?What does group/individual work look like?Next is goal setting - I talked about this in Episode 46. Ask students to think of one word to encapsulate their focus for the rest of the school year or the entire year. Another way is to make them more tangible by creating  a weekly goal tracker where students can reflect regularly on their progress and process. 
    Number 3 is to be honest with your students. I want to know that I’m human and can often relate to things they are going through. 
    Number 4 is make activities easy to manage.  One of my favorite classroom strategies is a choice board that includes one “must do activity” and a few other optional activities. Another strategy is to break down lessons into manageable pieces. With any strategy, it is essential to explain and model as often as you need.
    The final tip for a classroom reset  is to “clean up and change up” your space. Classrooms can get cluttered and messy during the business of the day to day. Taking the time to pick up, organize, and give your space a little makeover can really refresh the room and change the energy.
    Do you do a classroom reset? If so, what do you do?
    What you will hear about resetting your ESL classroom in this episode:
    Revisiting expectations and the questions you can ask yourself and the studentsActivities you can do to check for understandingThe importance of setting goal and being honest with your studentsTips for how to make assignments simpler and easier to understandHow resetting your physical space can reset the energy of your classroomResources
    The ESL Teaching Roadmap – membership community for middle and high school ESL/ELL teachers. As a thank you for listening, use code ESLPODCAST for 10% off when you join. 25 Authentic Speaking Activities for Your ESL ClassroomSimply Ieva ESL Teachers Pay Teachers StoreTeachable Platform - Courses and WorkshopsFollow me on Instagram Join the Simply Ieva Facebook Group Simply Ieva Youtube ChannelYou may also be interested in: 
    Link to episode 46 - How to Set Intentional Goals with your EL StudentsLink to episode 4 - Choice Boards for ESL Students: How to Use Them in the Classroom

    • 19 min

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