Posted on 02/06/2014 at 03:27 PM by Global Reach

This is the time of year when we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We look at our students and sigh as we feel the oppressing weight on our shoulders become even heavier because we realize that some of our students still have a long way to go.  They haven’t mastered all the skills and they are behind in meeting the standards in their content classes.  Rather than focus on the negative, let’s flip the picture and look at what they CAN DO.  One of my favorite resources is the WIDA CAN DO Descriptors.

The CAN DO descriptors show us what our students can do at each language proficiency level in reading, writing, speaking and listening.  They are listed by grade-level clusters so that teachers can easily see what they could look like in their content areas.  They have added a new feature called the Can Do Name Charts.  Underneath each Can Do Descriptor there is a space for you to write in the names of students who are working at this level.  You can access these charts here: CAN DO Descriptors

These charts can be helpful when explaining to general education teachers how to differentiate instruction for ELL students.  Below is a sample that can be found at

Soledad Rios is a dual language teacher who works with students at various grade levels.  Here are some of her ideas for providing instruction in English that are matched to what each student can do at their level in each language domain.

Thank you for this!
Margaret Behrens | 07/10/2017 at 07:28 AM
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