Teacher, Are We BrainPOP-ing Today? BrainPOP in the ESL Classroom
At BrainPOP we were thrilled to hear that our friend Anne Scatchell, an ELL and Bilingual Resource Teacher from Glenn Westlake Middle School in Illinois, had her article published in the fall edition of the ITBE (Illinois Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages and Bilingual Education) Newsletter! As a self professed “huge fan of all the BrainPOP products,” Anne highlights the benefits of BrainPOP’s highly visual content for English language learners to help with key concepts and vocabulary. In addition, Anne discusses BrainPOP ESL, which offers a carefully delivered scope and sequence of English language learning in all four language domains. Anne’s students watch the movies and flock to the “Words to Know” section for vocabulary development and the “Facts to Know” and “Know More” sections to demystify complex grammar concepts. And of course, they love the games! By providing an explicit sequence, “At a Glance,” BrainPOP ESL allows students to move through the curriculum at their own pace, but also allows more advanced students to identify what they need to learn, pick the lesson directly, and differentiate for themselves.
Anne reminds us that people love BrainPOP for the clear, concise and humorous visual explanations, and now ELL teachers can get in on the fun. If you haven’t seen BrainPOP ESL, click the link to meet Ben (Moby’s newest friend) or take a free tour.
Do your students ask “Are we BrainPOPing today?” If so, let us know how you use it, and be sure to look at the great ideas available for free here in BrainPOP Educators. Congratulations again to Anne Scatchell!