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An Update and A Few Anniversaries

I haven’t updated the blog in a long time, so if you’re here looking for some wisdom or advice, I’m sorry.  Not feeling it today.  We have two weeks of classes left before final exams and I’m wound a bit tight worried about getting kids ready to finish the semester strong.   904 more words


Motivating Students for Public Speaking through Seminar based Discussion

A. Background

Speaking is one of the skills taught in language learning. Speaking focuses specifically in the production of utterances (Anjaniputra, 2013). Through the utterances, communication can be held among speakers. 4,542 more words

What is your dance teacher REALLY thinking? (Part 2)

We’re back with part two of our popular blog post, “What your dance teacher REALLY thinking?” We interviewed several dance instructors from all over the country to find out their stance on different issues that we all wish our students knew about us and why we do the things we do and then we compiled all of the answers! 1,152 more words

Dave Eggers: Author in Context at English Teacher Conference

I like “one word” explorations to sum up an experience.

This time the experience was the National Council of Teachers of English Conference (NCTE) held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 19-22, 2015.  1,013 more words


Its been a crazy few weeks with editing videos, grading essays, making finals, and Thanksgiving! I do apologize for not keeping up. :)

Last time, I discussed the videos my classes were making (7th and 8th grade) about what they were thankful for. 283 more words


Teachers make a difference

Given the influx of migrant children in Europe and Middle East, the recent Huffington Post article stresses on having long term solutions for educational access over temporary programs. 660 more words

Migrant Education