How to make ELLs interact in English in the classroom

This is how I got my students to speak less of their native language and more English in the classroom.

via How do I stop my monolingual groups speaking their first language? — English Shinglish


4 Types of Assessment Writing

This post will look at several types of writing that are done for assessment purposes. In particular, we will look this from the four level of writing which are Imitative Intensive Responsive Extensive Imitative Imitative writing is focused strictly on the grammatical aspects of writing. The student simply reproduces what they see. This is a […]

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Teacher Craziness — The Class Jester

An interesting post on how teachers can sometimes try to push their own ideologies into minds of their students.

Have you ever had some teachers with some outlandish ideas? Maybe they want you to do homework or think that we should “take care of personal hygiene.” Some teachers, however, push just a little too hard with their worldviews. The problem is when some teachers decide to tell us a little too much information […]

via Teacher Craziness — The Class Jester

How to Create a Positive Classroom Experience for ELLs

English language learners (ELLs) are a special and unique population of students with individual needs. Every ELL is different; different native languages, backgrounds, and cultures. Most importantly it’s essential to note early on that every ELL learns English at their own rate and performs at their own language level. There is a common misconception that […]

via 10 Simple Things You Can Do to Guarantee a Positive School Year with Your English Language Learners — The ESL Lady

Depression Is Not The End But Makes You Stronger

This sounds insane, right? Depression makes you stronger! How in the world does this make any sense? I must be out of my mind.

I know how it feels when someone says “everything happens for good”. It sucks.

It sucks.

If I had read this title 3 years ago, I’d have felt the same way. But if you could hold up your head for the next ten minutes and even if one person feels better after reading this, no one would be happier than me.

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5 Ways To Build Your Reading List

In my opinion, reading is and always be the best way to spend leisure time. One great thing about the process of reading is that no two people read the same book. Everyone has a different taste in different things in life and it applies to books as well. Recently, I suggested my friend the classic The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde that I absolutely adore. To my surprise, he found it over hyped. That’s when I understood that everyone needs to build their own reading list with respect to their taste in books. This article gives you an insight on how to build your reading list. Check it out!

The Social Book Mark

Time and time again, I see people asking on Social Media, “What is everybody reading right now?” It’s interesting to see this question posed because I am curious as to where the people who answer the question got their book suggestions from. Everyone must have their own, favorite way to find a new title.

In the age of the internet, access to best seller lists, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, just to name a few, have allowed us to look forward to something new and exciting. Apps like GoodReads have also made it a lot easier not just to keep track of the titles and authors we want to read, but become critics by allowing the reader to rate a book on a 5 point scale, write reviews, and even comment on each other’s profiles. With all of this going on, it’s fathoming to see how certain books are still…

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Character Arcs & Creating Interesting New Characters In The Middle Of Your Story

Character Arcs & Creating Interesting New Characters In The Middle Of Your Story

What separates a good character from a great character?

It’s all in the way a character is detailed and developed. Well-rounded, believable characters, who have the readers rooting for them, go on to make memorable characters.

A story could have many characters, but only a few leave a lasting impact on your audience. So it’s worth spending all your time to make them the pillars of your story and write good character arcs for them that resonate with and sometimes even drive your story forward.

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Fill in the Blanks – Fun Reading and Writing Exercise for Fourth Graders

This is a guest post written by Natalie Thrash from

Mad Libs are fun but they’re even better when your fourth grader gets to make the story himself. Help him take a favorite story and turn it into a hilarious new experience. Just don’t to tell him he’s actually working on his language skills at the same time. Continue reading “Fill in the Blanks – Fun Reading and Writing Exercise for Fourth Graders”