“A 12-year-old English learner is capable of the same complexity of thought, innovative ideas, and profound questions as a native English speaker of the same age, ” teacher Justin Minkel explains in this article for edweek.org.
What a great point about how we consider the responses of our ELLs! As educators, this is part of “the why” in our focus on providing wait time, visuals, word walls, sentence stems, and time to reference notebooks or table partners. ELL students have more to say than their emerging English skills allow. It takes time to transfer that L1 knowledge! Read more here.
Article by Justin Minkel and photo appear in www.edweek.org