For students at all English language proficiency levels, teachers need to establish positive and encouraging learning environments. Watch this short video to see how a teacher creates an environment where children can take risks and feel that their ideas are valued.

In this video, first-grade teacher Kimberly Laurance from Berkeley, CA promotes language and literacy development while at the same time creating a positive classroom community.

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  • How did the teacher encourage English learners to participate in the language and literacy activity?
  • How did the teacher build a positive learning environment?

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