May 6, 2020

Agent Mandy Yom (ELL Kindergarten)

Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to create positive relationships with students and families in a kindergarten class for English Language Learners. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Mandy Yom of Skokie, Illinois.


In this episode we discuss:

  • A game to put yourself in the shoes of an English Language Learner (ELL)
  • How a sheltered ELL kindergarten program works
  • How students are selected into the program in Illinois
  • Mandy’s path to teaching
  • Building relationships with ELL families
  • Learning the value of boundaries
  • Striving to find ways to include data-driven feedback into her practice
  • Needing to adapt the kindergarten curriculum for ELLs
  • The various challenges of distance learning
  • Non-traditional ways of communicating with families
  • Her ideal school: getting families truly involved

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