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Multilingual Learner Instructional Strategy Toolbox
Elevate your classroom strategies and amplify the impact on your multilingual learners with SupportEd’s ML Instructional Strategy Toolbox.
This dynamic toolbox is meticulously designed to empower educators using proven instructional practices. The toolbox is a companion to SupportEd's acclaimed best-seller, Unlocking Multilingual Learners' Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible [2nd Edition]. Authored by the esteemed trio of Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD, Sydney Snyder, PhD and Meghan Gregoire-Smith, MA, this robust toolbox is your gateway to a transformative teaching experience.
• 30 ready-to-implement strategies
• Pre-designed activity templates
• Five key areas of instructional practice
• Conveniently linked resources throughout
- Scaffolding Instruction Strategies
- Frayer Model
- Group Roles Framework
- Numbered Heads Together
- See, Think, Wonder
- TIP Chart
- Peer Learning Strategies
- 1-3-6 Protocol
- Argument Balance Scale
- Barometer: Take a Stand
- Information Gap
- Inner and Outer Circle
- Stronger & Clearer Each Time
- World Café
- Academic Language Development
- Analyzing Sequencing in a Text
- Heads Up
- Practicing Academic Language with Non-Academic Topics
- Student-Friendly Definitions
- Text Deconstruction
- Unpacking Juicy Sentences
- Reading and Writing Engagement
- $2 Summary
- Carousel Brainstorming
- Classroom or School Library Inventory
- Identity Text
- Mentor Sentences
- Writing Scaffolds
- Formative Assessment
- Anticipatory Guide
- Concept Sort
- Conferring Notes
- Discussion Checklist
- Three 3’s in a Row
- Tic Tac Toe Assessment
There are three different ways to approach the toolbox based on your interests and needs:
+ Individual Use
If you are using the toolbox individually, consider selecting one key area of instructional practice that you would like to focus on first. Read through the different strategies in that practice and identify those that you feel would be most beneficial and applicable to your students and context. Consider selecting one or two strategies that you would like to implement regularly and build in as a learning routine. It’s important to remember that any new strategy requires modeling and practice.
+ Collaborative Use
The toolbox is an excellent resource for a professional learning community or content or grade-level team. For example, as a team, you might select one of the key areas of instructional practice to focus on. You might agree on one strategy that you will all try out and share back on or you might each implement a different strategy within the instructional practice and then share your successes and lessons learned. You could also use this collaboration as an opportunity to invite a colleague into your class to see a new strategy in action and then debrief how effective it was in supporting the MLs in your classroom.
+ Professional Learning
If you are an instructional coach, administrator, or English language development specialist, you might use the toolbox as a way to introduce and model a new strategy. Identify which of the key areas of instructional practice you would like to focus on based on the strengths and needs in your context. Discuss with your colleague(s) the possibility of modeling one of the strategies that could be integrated into the content that students are currently working on. If you are coaching a teacher or group of teachers, you could either model the strategy with a class or plan with the teacher(s) to implement the strategy. Following the lesson, reflect on the strategy implementation, student responses, and next steps.
Do I need to have the book in order to use the toolkit?
No. However, the strategies found in the ML Instructional Strategy Toolbox are supported, complemented, and elaborated on by our book, Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible.
What format is the toolbox?
The toolbox is a digital download in PDF format.
How many pages is the toolbox?
The toolbox is 112 pages.
What size is the toolbox?
Can I share this with my team?
We ask that every educator who is interested in utilizing the toolbox purchase their own copy for individual use. The toolbox is password protected to help eliminate piracy. Users receive the password via email following toolbox purchase.
Download Free Demo
Take SupportEd's ML Instructional Strategy Toolbox for a test drive with one free demo strategy, Practicing Academic Language with Non-Academic Topics. Download the free demo.
Practicing academic language with non-academic topics is a strategy to provide MLs opportunities to use new language structures with familiar topics prior to asking them to use the language structures with academic content. By practicing academic language with non-academic topics prior to engaging with curriculum content, MLs develop transferable skills in a low-risk environment. For instance, students might describe the sequence of a school day before sequencing the timeline of a historical event.
Practicing academic language with non-academic topics ensures MLs have access to complex academic language in a context that is engaging and relevant for students. It supports academic language development for MLs and can strengthen reading and writing in the content areas. Additionally, this practice supports culturally responsive teaching because it is centered around student experience and interests, and it engages students in leveraging the academic language needed to engage in challenging grade-level content.