The number of English Language Learners (ELLs) is on the rise. What schools can do to ensure academic success.

Did you know that approximately 1 out of every 10 public school students in the United States right now is learning to speak English? There are nearly 5 million English Language Learners or ELLs in U.S. public education today, according to a recent article by NPR.

Of those 5 million, the vast majority (some 3.8 million) speak Spanish. But there are many other languages represented, as well, from Mandarin Chinese, to Arabic, to Vietnamese.

Pull-out vs. push-in instruction. What’s the difference?

According to the RESOL International Association, Pull-out ELL instruction means that the teacher pulls students out of the …

Why teaching kids to learn from failure is essential to their SUCCESS

Music lessons in Wilmington Delaware at Back to BasicsNo one likes failure, but it is a fact of life. Sometimes things simply don’t work out the way we planed. Sometimes we don’t get what we want. But, if we look at these situations in the right light, we can teach our kids to learn to persevere, to learn to be more flexible, and to redirect their energies.

There are important advantages to sending kids the message that learning new things can be difficult and that learning takes time and repeated practice. This information and these experiences will actually boost confidence, reduce fear of failure, and ultimately, improve performance.…

Top 15 College Scholarships for Delaware students with DECEMBER deadlines!

How to win college scholarships,, Delaware college scholarshipsDoes the high cost of college tuition scare you? It should! College tuition costs are rising at an alarming rate across the country. But, there is good news for cash-strapped families of college-bound high school seniors. Scholarships offer “free money” for tuition and related expenses. And, unlike loans, scholarships don’t need to be repaid. This means fewer out-of-pocket costs and the potential to graduate with less student debt.

Here are 15 of the Top College Scholarships for Delaware students. But, please note, these have DECEMBER DEADLINES. So, it’s time to get started!

Teaching kids about the wild blue yonder! November is National Aviation Month

Did you know that November is National Aviation History Month? This month is dedicated to exploring, recognizing and celebrating America’s great contributions and achievements in the development of aviation — from the earliest attempts in kites and gliders to powered heavier-than-air, supersonic and space flights.

How to introduce kids to aviation?

  • Read all about it. Who Was Amelia Earhart?  by Kate Boehm Jerome (grades 3-5) and DK The Big Book of Airplanes are two of the best aviation books for younger kids.
  • History comes alive. There are numerous aviation museums across the county. Click Here for a list of Aviation

New Jobs for ESL / ELL teachers throughout Delaware

If you live in Delaware, you may be familiar with Back to Basics Learning Dynamics as the area’s leading educational services provider. But, since 1985, we have really been in the business of changing lives — over 20,000 of them!

How to become a part of the team

Back to Basics currently has several new positions for ESL / ELL teachers in New Castle County and Sussex County, Delaware. Full details are below. Back to Basics also has numerous positions for teachers and tutors in several other subjects, translators and interpreters, and other education specialists.

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