English language learners have always held a special place in my teaching heart. Perhaps it’s because my own grandfather immigrated to the United Stated without knowing a single word of English. Whenever I meet a newly-arrived ELL, I think of my grandfather as a nine-year-old, and try to be the most compassionate teacher possible.

As we step forward into 2017 with fresh energy and the desire to support educators everywhere, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the highlights from TpT in 2016…