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 elementary classroom, Ms. Todd provides opportunities for her students to share out, state whether or not they agree, and give credit to their peers.

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After viewing the video, think about the following questions:

  • How does the teacher encourage English learners to participate in the activity?
  • How does the teacher build a positive learning environment?

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