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Aaannnd again

Never one to quit, I have spent the last several years bouncing from one position to the next as my school has changed things around. It left me no time for writing and no time to…yes, I am going to say it…stop and think. Since Education Reform has clearly become a huge thing, that has … Continue reading


Pay no attention to the Great and Powerful Ed Reform behind the curtain…it’s not as magical as we’ve been led to believe

There have been several articles from a variety of sources in the past month about how ‘the newest things’ in education, which have been held up as the perfect solution for the last few years, are starting to fray around the edges and some are even crashing in on themselves. The New Orleans school system … Continue reading


The alphabet soup of working with students whose first language is not English…or what ESL, ELL, ESOL, EAP, EAL, EFL, ELT, ESOL, TESL, TEFL, and TESOL mean

These labels are an alphabet soup of confusing mixed messages that makes the debate about how to best educate children who are learning or speaking English as a second language confusing and difficult to follow. Is a child labeled ESL or ELL? Do we have a certification in TESL or TESOL? Or does it matter … Continue reading