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For teachers of English learners, Common Core means double the work

from The Hechinger Report

On a recent chilly spring morning at John F. Kennedy Magnet School, fourth-grade bilingual teacher Kristin Pascuzzi distributed a series of "mystery" photos to her excited students and asked them to discover what they had in common. They gabbed and scratched their heads, studying the images that included a doorknob, a tiger's razor-sharp incisor, a seesaw and a flagpole. "You guys are going to go crazy when you see this," said Pascuzzi, raising her effervescent voice to build suspense through the classroom. "These are all simple machines!" As "oohs and ahhs" filled the air, Pascuzzi revealed related science vocabulary in Spanish and English on the smartboard. She asked them to repeat: "force," or "fuerza," and "effort," or "esfuerzo." more


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