Academic Vocabulary Development

WIDA Video Contest Winner

Andy Mizell plans engaging instruction that scaffolds learning for the wide range of English proficiency levels in his middle school ELL class. He begins by assessing his students and collaborating with other teachers to extend his academic language instruction across subject areas.

Andy bridges student learning by explicitly making connections between their lived experiences and the content being studied. Also, he provides them with multiple meaningful opportunities to use language as they engage with the content.

Submitted by Andy Mizell, 5th-8th grade ELL teacher, in collaboration with Nicole Fedele and Kellee Hill at Margaret Allen Middle Prep in Nashville, TN.