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Interactive Notebooks – CVC Templates

As a followup to my last post, I developed a series of CVC Templates to help teachers get up and running with their interactive notebooks.     Why Interactive Notebooks?   As an independent teacher offering my services in a variety of kids’ classes, one thing was a constant: no two places were the same. […]

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There came a point where I had to intervene. My students’ notebooks were a disordered mess and their bags, when emptied, were a junk pile of crumpled papers, loose cards, and past games. Taking action, I began to roll out a program using interactive notebooks.          What is an Interactive Notebook?   […]

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You may view drama only as entertainment, but dramatic exercises can be valuable teaching and language learning tools. My intention with such activities is not to create an actors’ studio; it’s to get students up, moving around, and interacting with each other in more meaningful ways. Where words and their meaning can seem abstract in […]

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  My twin brother was a doodler. Personally, I can’t draw to save my life (as evidenced by the image above.) Bob, on the other hand, doodled everywhere and ever since I could remember. I came to understand that drawing was the way he looked at, cataloged, and processed whatever he was thinking about, planning, […]

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In my last two posts, I talked about the popular online learning and behavior management systems of Google Classroom and ClassDojo.  In this post, I’m going to delve a little further into Learning Management Systems (LMS) for the K-12 education market. Whether you’re an online teacher with 1:1 students, or operate a network of schools, […]

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With the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, teachers are appreciative when parents are involved with their child’s education.  Monitoring, assessing, and grading a student’s learning and behavior and then relaying that information to administration and parents, are some of the more challenging of teacher duties.  Online tech is opening a […]

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    In 2019, bring your classes into the 21st century with a virtual classroom! Whether you’re working in a single classroom or teaching students from overseas, a virtual classroom brings teachers and students together in a way that was only possible with correspondence schools in years past.   There’s a lot of competition for online […]

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Materials and content allowing students to engage in ‘real’ communication, or simulations of what conversations may sound like, should be a goal for many language curriculums.  Drills that develop into dialogues, that in turn pave the way for roleplays, provide a rich repertoire of practice activities to nudge students toward more meaningful, and consequently, less […]

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When it comes to Halloween class parties I keep it as simple as possible — for the main reason I have to replicate the activities six times a day for a week!  Here are 13+ simple activities you can set up and play again and again.   Candy Jar Guess. Put Halloween candies in a […]

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  “A LARGE voice!”  The admonishment of my use of the word ‘big’ came bellowing from the back of the lecture hall where I was speaking.  I was in Nagoya talking about my experiences teaching English in a Japanese kindergarten.   I stood at the lectern fending off this and other barbs from a group […]

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