January 12, 2012

It is better than a celebration!

With the start of a new quarter among us and students returning from a nice long break, there is much to be anticipated. Among the anticipation is the movement of many ELL students. Some are making the transition from being a newcomer and having not had much time in the U.S. and practice with the English language. They have proven that they are ready for the next challenge of learning and so then they are transitioned into the next level up being level 1. Then students spend time at this level to acquire more of the English language and continue to improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking skills. Again when students have proven through many ways that they are ready for the next challenge they are then placed in the highest level of ELL instruction, know as Level 2. Once students have again shown they are yet again ready for the next challenge they are then moved out into regular education classes. Movement among all three levels is a great accomplishment, but moving to regular education classes is a huge step in theses student education process. This quarter we were proud to send many students to different levels. Yes there are fears, emotions, and excitement as if it were the first day of school, but have to take a few minutes each day and celebrate these changes for these students. I wish them all the best in their new learning adventure and hope they are as successful with their new change and continue to grow as a learner.