Modern Day Pioneers: That’s no Oregon Trail up ahead – it’s the convergence of STEM and World Languages
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Modern Day Pioneers: That’s no Oregon Trail up ahead – it’s the convergence of STEM and World Languages

What does it take to be a pioneer? To leave the tried and true path in search of something more.  To know that it is not if failure will strike, but when, and how you will face adversity when it happens. When I was in the fourth grade my school got a small computer lab…

Utilize Your Students and Surveys to Measure Your Teaching Effectiveness
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Utilize Your Students and Surveys to Measure Your Teaching Effectiveness

A teacher’s stakeholders’ satisfaction with their course is an important measure of instructional effectiveness that is too often overlooked or outright ignored. Of course, it’s absurd to hope to satisfy every young adult’s needs and wants equally throughout an academic year, but to endeavor to do so seems a requisite to respecting student voice in…

Appreciating What, Where and How Boys Read [Infographic]
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Appreciating What, Where and How Boys Read [Infographic]

Unfortunately for many boys, what gets in their way of reading for pleasure are very well-intentioned adults who try to steer them in the “right” direction. That’s why the greatest gift we can give boys this season is an appreciation of their reading preferences! Using and Viewing the Graphic The above infographic is published under…

The Word of the Day Podcast—A New Way to Inspire Language Learners
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The Word of the Day Podcast—A New Way to Inspire Language Learners

To expand on a popular saying: Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll pass a fishing test and then forget how because he wasn’t all that into fishing in the first place. Inspire a love for fishing, and he’ll fish for a lifetime. I…

Marbotic Smart Letters and Numbers Review: Tech Toys With A Soul (and Major Fun Factor!)
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Marbotic Smart Letters and Numbers Review: Tech Toys With A Soul (and Major Fun Factor!)

The Product Marbotic offers wooden letters and numbers that work with six apps (free with the purchase of the letter and number blocks), which together allow your child to practice number- and letter-recognition, addition, subtraction, tens and ones units, spelling, and early reading. You can get the wooden letters and numbers as separate items or as…

The Benefits of Reading to Children—More Than Just Quality Time Together
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The Benefits of Reading to Children—More Than Just Quality Time Together

“The more rich and multifaceted the learning experiences, the more neurons are fired. What fires together, wires together.” —Dr. Betty Rintoul (NC Infant Mental Health Association, Baby Steps, Fall Newsletter, 2013.) This is a great quote that I have used during presentations when talking about the number of benefits of reading to children. First, there is…

A Grammar Lesson They’ll Actually Love
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A Grammar Lesson They’ll Actually Love

English teachers have the unfortunate reputation of being monotone and boring. Most students dread the thought of session after session focused on grammar. Long papers facing the scrutiny of their instructor seem to be a daunting punishment. How can we make a typically fear-inducing topic and make it fun and engaging? Below, I share my notes…

Checklist: Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners
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Checklist: Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

There is a growing population of students using digital tools to support their specific learning needs. One population of these students are the English language learners, ELLs. Almost 5 million students were enrolled as English learners in US public elementary and secondary school during the 2013/14 school year—that’s almost 10% of the total student population….

WordsEye: Using Text to Create Art in the ESL Classroom
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WordsEye: Using Text to Create Art in the ESL Classroom

Too many people outside of the ESL classroom assume the students inside simply aren’t as bright as others in the school. Of course that’s ludicrous; many of those students simply don’t have to language to express the creative, insightful, and beautiful ideas growing in their minds. WordsEye is web-based software that allows those ideas to…

Getting into the Habit of Writing a Poem a Day for National Poetry Month
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Getting into the Habit of Writing a Poem a Day for National Poetry Month

Participating in competitions of any kind involve difficult and exciting challenges. National Poetry Month, starting this week, materializes into an even greater bittersweet struggle: one in which writing every day turns out to become an ambitious achievement but also one in which you are dedicating yourself, making a promise to yourself, to make the time to…

Storybird: The Ultimate Online Storytelling Tool
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Storybird: The Ultimate Online Storytelling Tool

Overview A great story teller can transport you to another world. They immerse you in the detail where you can see, smell and hear the narrative they are weaving. Great digital storytelling should be just as engaging and immersive, and tools like Storybird can really help students make this happen. A simple and intuitive writing interface…

Using Duolingo to Enhance and Extend Language Learning
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Using Duolingo to Enhance and Extend Language Learning

Overview Duolingo is a free language-learning platform that uses the crowdsourced power of its learners to translate text from around the web. A fascinatingly novel approach to solving two massive language problems, the platform and its associated apps offer an adaptive learning experience, that has netted it awards such as iPhone App of the Year, Google’s Best of the Best…

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