ESL Promoting Self-directed Learning

For English learners to thrive in an instructional setting, it is important to create a predictable environment which promotes student responsibility that would mirror the work place. When a person is hired on a job, that person receives training focused on what is expected of him or her at all times during the work day. Therefore, the worker is able to perform his or her work without waiting for the instructions from the person in charge.

In a self-directed classroom, student know the procedures as the class routine is predictable. Once the procedures are learned, the students are able to practice the procedures without the teacher directing them. Students are involved in the instructional process, as they make goals, self-correct, and track their own progress. The work is formative, allowing the teacher to make corrections as misunderstandings occur. Students learn and rehearse skills and strategies that they can apply independently in the future.

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

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