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    Re: I hate push-in

    I'm a bilingual teacher and in my district they are doing
    push-in. Technically,the ESL teacher and the bilingual
    teacher should be co-teaching for two periods per day. In
    theory it sounds great but in practice it's a nightmare.
    There's absolutely no common planning time but they expect
    both teachers to be on the same page at all times. We have to
    teach the exact same skill each day and our lesson plans must
    match in terms of the skills taught. How are we supposed to
    achieve this? The ESL and bilingual teacher would have to
    call or email each other frequently during non working hours
    and prepare lesson plans way ahead of time in order to
    fulfill this. I think this is an unfair expectation. On top
    of that there are no clear guidelines of who does what. I
    keep receiving different information all the time. Also, they
    want for us to teach English language arts to the ELL
    students who are on a level one of proficiency. The kids
    don't understand anything I'm talking about during those
    English language arts lessons. They're not getting much out
    of it. They also want for us to teach the vowels in English
    and Spanish at the same time. This is very confusing for the
    kids. Is this how it's done everywhere else? I'm kind of new
    to the field but still, I'm not sure if this is the right
    thing to do. The school doesn't provide the teachers with
    materials (only a few very basic things) either so I have to
    buy most of the materials such as books, chart paper, writing
    journals etc. Then the ESL teacher comes and uses everything
    I buy. I think they just assume that the school buys this. I
    feel bad and don't want to say anything and appear petty or
    selfish but I can't afford to buy materials for me AND the
    other teachers too!!! I have only been teaching bilingual for
    one year and a few months and I'm very frustrated and
    confused. The only good thing about this is that the two ESL
    teachers I have worked with have been very nice people and
    are very professional. It's just the model that just doesn't
    work. I think I will look for a job in a district that has a
    different model next year. I love teaching ELL, it can be so
    rewarding but this situation is driving me nuts.

    On 10/01/09, t wrote:
    > This year my school has adopted readers workshop (two hours
    > of literacy in a block). They have also made multiple
    > grade levels have literacy, math, lunch, specials and
    > recess at the exact same times. Therefore, pulling kids
    > out has become a nightmare, because we just can't take them
    > from class.
    > They are killing ESL, so to speak.
    > The literacy specialists have decided that we should do
    > only push in. However, when we do, the teachers are doing
    > whole class lessons, or they have the kids doing
    > independent reading or some other activity. So we, the ESL
    > teachers, wind up acting like overpaid assistants. We have
    > no input on lessons, no input on books to be used (the
    > literacy people have decided what works...)
    > I got chided yesterday by the literacy specialist because
    > she decided I was going too fast in a book SHE had chosen
    > (it was a 30 page book with one or two sentences per page.
    > The kids thought it was dumb) she chided me for not
    > previewing vocab, not stretching it out, not finding all
    > sorts of meaning. When I pointed out that I had JUST
    > walked into the class when the classroom teacher handed me
    > a new-to-me book to "teach" that day, I am only in the
    > class 1/2 hour two times a week, I don't even work at that
    > school 1/2 the week, when was I supposed to preview the
    > book? The specialist didn't even realize the kids were
    > ESL, she gave them a book filled with idioms, yet no plot
    > to speak of...
    > This is how it is going for input to lessons, no
    > consideration that we have things to teach these kids,
    > too. It's assumed that ESL is English "lite" or that there
    > is something wrong with these kids. Our schools scored
    > keep dropping, we get more ESL kids every year, and yet
    > they won't let us teach them in the way that is most
    > effective for them!