Archive for November, 2011

Even though most of my job is direct student contact time with EAL students, that is not where all the learning happens.  Some of my most important, most powerful teaching  happens when I meet & consult with PARENTS.  I meet with parents often..informally almost daily, and formally for consults about once a fortnight.  The parents […]

10 ways to Boost Language in your classroom, (there are so many more, but here are some basics): Use visuals—we learn so much from what we see. Limit Teacher Talk!  You talk less—they talk more.  (e.g. Think-Pair-Share, Wh Q’s)  Your voice is an effective tool, and so are your ears. Give wait time…and lots of […]

Every so often, I take a break from my academic mind writing, to focus on my personal mind.  Today, i reflect on Global Nomads–those who find their paths away from their home country. Recently, I have been in Lovina, Bali, hanging out with my new friend Gus, an American who has runs the hotel.  Our […]