Brainstorming a journal assignment with high school ELLs

Learn how Michelle Lawrence guides her ELLs through the brainstorming process as they prepare to write a journal.

Teacher: Michelle Lawrence Biggar
Grade: 9-12
School Name: High School, Buffalo, NY

Brainstorming a journal assignment with high school ELLs

Learn how Michelle Lawrence guides her ELLs through the brainstorming process as they prepare to write a journal.

Lesson Summary

Michelle Lawrence Biggar has been an ESL teacher for the past ten years. She has worked with students of all ages, proficiency levels, and backgrounds, but has spent the majority of her career teaching ELLs at the high school and college levels. Michelle currently teaches at the International Preparatory School at Grover — A College Board School — in Buffalo, NY. Her students are primarily refugees and immigrants from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She serves as a consultant to administration and to content area teachers on best practices for ELLs.

As a chairperson on her school's Redesign Committee, Michelle presented plans to the New York State Board of Regents on how to restructure the ELL program, which included a focus on small learning communities. When her current school was conceived four years ago, she led the design and implementation of the school's ELL program. Michelle also teaches at the English Language Institute at the University at Buffalo.