Book Recommendation: “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests, I’m trying to do more to explore how I can become more anti-racist in my teaching. I’m hoping to write more about this topic in future posts, but I wanted to start off with a book recommendation. I recently read the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by …

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Teaching in the Time of Coronavirus: How Should We Talk About It In Class?

The only thing people are talking about right now is coronavirus. And it seems pretty much the same with my students. Many of them want to share the latest news they heard or talk about what it was like when they went grocery shopping and couldn't find any toilet paper or discuss any of the …

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“How to Make Cranberry Sauce”: A Video for ESL Students

Thanksgiving is almost here! I made a short video for my students showing how to make cranberry sauce. You can watch it with your students, too, especially if they like to cook or are interested in American Thanksgiving foods. https://youtu.be/SSO2rU3Z6yk You could even bring in some cranberry sauce for your students to sample after they …

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How to Add a Little History and Culture to Class Every Day

One of my plans for the new year is to start integrating more information related to U.S. culture and history into my classes. At the end of last semester, as I talked with my classes about what they liked and didn’t like, several students mentioned that they liked learning about U.S. history, culture, the news, …

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More Picture Books for ESL Class

I’ve written before about how I use children’s picture books in class with my ESL students, but I've discovered some more great picture books, and I really wanted to share them! You can read my original post to find out how exactly I use the books in class and to see some of my recommendations. …

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