Category Archives: TESOL Blog

Are Your EL Expectations High—or Hurried?

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

January brings the beginning of a new year and an opportunity to start fresh. We make resolutions and hold ourselves to high expectations. After a few weeks, however, resolve dwindles. Why? Experts say we need to set achievable goals and … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Use Padlet as an Icebreaker

Brent Warner
Brent Warner

As we settle into January, many of us are starting a new semester with new students, and maybe our old “Find Someone Who” icebreaker is just feeling a little stale. There are lots of ways to mix things up, and … Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Celebrate “Random Acts of Kindness Day”

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Multilingual learners’ (MLLs) well-being, as they return to school at the height of the spread of the Omicron variant, is at risk. Our MLLs spent 17 months of isolation during virtual learning. Many of them returned to school last fall … Continue reading

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Game-Based Learning With Electronic Village Online 2022

Jeff Kuhn
Jeff Kuhn

Hello, Happy New Year, and welcome to another edition of the TESOL Games and Learning Blog. It’s January, and that means it is time once again for the Electronic Village Online (EVO).

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STEM and ELT: How to Build Background and Prior Knowledge in STEM

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

Happy New Year! May 2022 bring you health, joy, and peace. Sir Isaac Newton said it best: “If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” I like to interpret this as meaning he gives credit … Continue reading

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Podcasts as PD for Tired Teachers

Brent Warner
Brent Warner

As we settle into our post-holiday haze this year, many of us are tired. Dog-tired. I wouldn’t begrudge anyone for taking their precious vacation for themselves and telling the little devil on their shoulder shouting to get more work done, … Continue reading

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Navigating the Reading Wars With English Learners

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

If you follow literacy issues, you have probably heard of the Reading Wars. If you haven’t, Jill Barshay’s recent article for the Hechinger Report does the best job I’ve seen yet of explaining the nuts and bolts of this disagreement … Continue reading

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4 Steps to Create a Circle of Mentors

Laura Baecher
Laura Baecher

The end of a calendar year is usually just a midpoint pause for us on academic calendars. We feel the hectic rush to the finish line with grading, and yet the lure of a fresh new year tugs at us … Continue reading

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