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What It Means To Be Blessed With A Good Education

This past Friday I attended the NYSABE conference.  The New York State Association of Bilingual Educators conference.  One of the themes was how speaking more than one language helps our brains to function differently and better.  They were talking about … Continue reading

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Welcome To The Wonderful World of Words

Let’s face it.  Words are awesome.  How words change over time is awesome.  And idiomatic expressions?  They are THE BEST.  If you could buy idiomatic expressions at the store, they’d be on my Christmas list. Years ago, I was working … Continue reading

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In A Non-Niche Niche

When I started this blog, I intended it to be about teaching.  Particularly about the crazy things that happen in a classroom that are wholly unexpected and that education courses never talk about.  Which would make a pretty good college … Continue reading

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Successful Quechuans: Benjamin Bratt

Originally posted on The New York Quechua Initiative:
Benjamin’s father is European and his mother is Quechuan.   In 1969, when Benjamin was a child living in San Francisco his mother took him to participate in the Native-American Occupation of…

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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

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A Story of Prayer

Religion is contentious and comforting at the same time.  But what is at the core? A belief in a higher power and the role that this higher power has in our lives, in the lives of others, the role it … Continue reading

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My Conflict With Religion

Religion used to be a definitive part of my life.  I was following the rules or I wasn’t.  I was accepting God’s love or I wasn’t.  I was respectful to people of all religions.  My religion wasn’t worse or better … Continue reading

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Awards and Thanks

I have been fortunate enough to be recognized by various bloggers for various awards recently.  I’m very good about thanking them, but very bad about responding to them.  And mostly for a horrible reason….I’m lazy.  I get halfway through all … Continue reading

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Elmendorf AFB + Pentagon+ Chappaqua,NY = Ecuadorian Kichwa

A road less traveled.  The only location I left out was my 4 years in Ohio for college. With the exception of Ohio, which wasn’t 100% my choice since my parents had to agree to foot the bill, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Alli Chishi Mashikuna

Once upon a time there was a high school ESL teacher who couldn’t understand why so many of her students from Ecuador had such a hard time in their native speaker Spanish classes. Native Spanish speakers take Living Environment and … Continue reading

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