Teaching & Learning Strategies, Concepts, and Terms That Every Teacher Must Know: Letters EM-EN

To be considered a competent educator, there are almost 2000 strategies, concepts, and terms that you must know. However, since teachers wear so many hats, who has the time to learn them all? Don’t worry; we have you covered. In this series, we will discuss all the teaching and learning strategies, concepts, and terms that you need to know to be considered an effective educator. There are over 70 articles in this series, so pace yourself. We recommend reading one piece per weekday, which will allow you to complete the series in three to four months. We hope you enjoy it.

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Emergent Curriculum Learning and direction for further learning that spring from a student’s interests and experiences.

Emergent Literacy Skills Actions and skills demonstrated by infants and pre-school children that are based on early experience with letters and words.

Emergent Preschool Programs Vary depending on the teachers and the students. It is because teachers plan activities around their current students’ skills, needs, and interests. No two classrooms will look the same. There is a mixture of play-based and project-based learning in this approach.

Emergent Reader A student who knows the basics, like letters and their sounds and is poised to start the early stages of reading.

Emergent Writers Learners in their beginning stages of writing. They are often young children engaged in experimentations with the written language, through scribbling for example, to convey a written message.

Emotion The physiological response that accompanies feelings, needs, and desires.

Emotional Blocks A type of creative block caused by individuals being held back by fear and anxiety that gets in the way of creative thinking.

Emotional Competence The expression, understanding, and regulation of emotions.

Emotional Excitability One of Dabrowski’s five areas of overexcitabilities. Students who have this trait often have intense emotions, both positive and negative. They may experience extreme highs and lows in their overall mood.

Emotional Expression The action children have in response to an emotion.

Emotional Intelligence The skill that helps an individual to live and work well with other people.

Emotional Regulation A skill that must be developed when the presence or absence of emotion interferes with personal goals.

Emotional Regulation The management or modulation of one’s emotional state.

Emotional Understanding The understanding of your own emotions and those of other people.

Emotional Vocabulary The ability to put feelings, our own and those of others, into words.

Empathy An emotional state which arises in one individual which is based on the circumstances of another individual. An affective response that is appropriate for the circumstances of another.

Enactment A learning process in which individuals complete the tasks involved physically.

Enculturation The process of becoming assimilated into a given culture, slowly acquiring their characteristics and obtaining their language and behaviors.

Endocrinologists Doctors who study the endocrine system.

End-of-Unit Tests Evaluation tools often found in the teacher manuals or student workbooks of many basal reading systems, which may provide information about student achievements on sections of course material.

Engaged Learners Students who have a purpose and want to understand the material presented to them. They believe in their own ability to master the material and take responsibility for learning.

Engaged Readers Readers who create new understanding based on their prior knowledge and a connection with the new material.

Engagement A perspective on learning and reading that includes the cognitive, motivational, and social aspects of the classroom. Engaged learners want to understand the material that is presented to them and have intrinsic motivation for interacting with it. They use their cognitive skills to understand, and, once they do, they discuss their new knowledge with teachers and peers.

Engaging Students’ Thinking Motivating students to read by activating their background knowledge, explaining the purpose of the reading, and making predictions about the text before you they begin reading.

English as a Second Language (ESL) A method of language acquisition where students are placed in regular English-speaking classes for part of the school day, and pulled out for intensive small group language focus during other classes. A modified form of immersion.

English Immersion A learning environment or structure in which instruction occurs primarily or entirely in English.

English Language Learners (ELL) Refers to a student who is non-English speaking, or students who may have a basic grasp of English, but who have a different home language that they use more regularly.

Enrichment Cluster A series of meetings planned around on a topic of interest to a group of students (not necessarily gifted students) to enhance student learning. The student group will meet with an adult expert in the area of interest for a period of 2 to 3 months.

Enrichment Learning experiences that add to or go beyond the existing curriculum. This could be in the form of additional assignments, projects, service learning, etc.

Enroll To sign up for a course or university.

Environmental History The events in a student’s past that may get in the way of his or her development and learning.

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