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Tag Archives: esl
Cuando Leí Harry Potter y La Piedra Filosofál
Soy casi-bilingüe. Es la verdad. Si necesito completar una aplicación, siempre escribo “bilingüe.” Pero, no soy bilingüe. Soy ingléshablante. El español es mi segundo idioma. For those of you who read this blog consistently and are staring at this page … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged bilingüe, bilingual, ENL, escritura, esl, estudiantes, fantasía, género, Harry Potter, Harry Potter y la piedra filosofál, Humor, J.K.Rowling, lectura, profesores, TEACHING 37 Comments
BICS is okay, but CALP? Forget it.
Wait, what? I uttered this in our office the other day and everyone laughed. To help you understand why this could remotely be funny while not putting you to sleep instantly, here’s a quick, so-don’t-stop-reading, crash course on learning a … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged BICS and CALP, bilingual, culture, ecuador, ell, ENL, esl, high school, kichwa, language learning, languages, Spanish 11 Comments
What’s Up With That?
About 10 years ago, I was walking down the hall towards my office to drop my stuff off before first period. As always, a bunch of kids were standing talking at their lockers, sitting on the floor madly copying someone’s … Continue reading
Posted in culture Tagged culture, esl, expressions, high schools, Humor, idioms, language, opinion, racism, rap 25 Comments
When did education become torture?
For the first time in my teaching career, I saw high school students cry during the NYSESLAT exam. Unprecedented. If you are a student in New York State in 2015, you are subjected to a ridiculous number of assessments. I’m … Continue reading
Posted in education, Uncategorized Tagged assessments, Education, esl, immigration, lifestyle, ny state, nyseslat, opinion, politics, TEACHING 20 Comments
Someone, somewhere, blogged something, and I can’t remember who or what it was. I would give credit where credit is due, but I just can’t remember. Anywho, it made me think of primary colors. Don’t think that I’m an … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged cars, color blind, colors, comma, esl, fifty shades of grey, Humor, lesson plans, math, Oxford, oxford comma, parking lots, primary, primary colors, teachers, TEACHING 13 Comments
The motivated high school student…huh?
There is a special place in heaven for elementary teachers. And a REALLY special place in heaven for middle school teachers. But I can’t imagine teaching anyone other than high school kids. Definitely my niche. Not that they don’t frustrate … Continue reading
Assessments are Stupid
There. I’ve said it. I’ve always thought it, but now I’ve said it. File this under posts-I-hope-my-supervisor-doesn’t-see. And because I think that assessments are stupid, I don’t give tests very often. Now it’s time to post my grades. Oops. It … Continue reading
Posted in education, humor, students, teachers Tagged assessments, esl, facebook, google communities 14 Comments
Yes or No?
I had, and still have, absolutely no problem saying no to my children. None whatsoever. But there are variations, as we all know. 1. Not now. 2. Maybe later. 3. We’ll see (a personal favorite) 4. Maybe someday (and, no … Continue reading
“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” So lovely. But if I’m the captain of my soul then someone else is definitely steering that ship. I am a child of the 60s. But … Continue reading
Posted in education, humor, immigration, teaching Tagged conferences, Education, esl, high school, immigration Leave a comment
Because I Said So
Ok, ok….I admit it. My default answer is the #1 old standby, “Because I said so.” Why, you ask? Because I said so. If that isn’t enough to make me rethink a lesson, just listen to this. For native Spanish-speakers … Continue reading
Posted in common core, teachers, teaching Tagged common core, esl, lesson plans, Spanish-speakers, teachers Leave a comment