I began as a high school teacher of German, Spanish and some regular English; later taught mostly middle school foreign languages; then taught Pre-K through 8th grade ESL. Along the way I also was first a college TA and later a part-time college instructor. I had much masters level training and practice in ESL; attained a Masters in English with a concentration in composition, linguistics and ESL. While teaching ESL, I also incorporated much in the content areas of science and math; tapping into various modalities of learning including the visual arts.
Eclectic--that is, I believe in doing what works. By becoming aware of student group and individual needs, you can address those even better. Overall the kids, or really any students regardless of age, enjoy learning the most when it includes fun, excitement and joy. The busier they stay at learning happily, the more they learn; and being successful at learning builds their confidence and desire to learn even more as they discover: "Yes! I can do it!" -- That's a fact.
I have been praised for having raised the state test scores by administration but for me the greatest praise has been from the students themselves including those whom I had in class long ago who have come running up to me and congratulated me on having been such a teacher who helped them move up in life. I'm now putting a lot of what I learned along the way into the learning packets or units that I try to jam-pack with activities, handouts, etc for yourselves and the kids.
In brief I've had been educated at C of O, SIU-C, SEMO, U of MO at Warrensburg; mostly taught in southeastern and northwestern Missouri; now reside just over the border in Kansas. For me the greatest source of education, though, was in class where the kids taught me in the sense that some would say or indicate "Mr. Emerson, I don't really want to learn or even be here. I can't, learn and you know, you really can't make me." I rose to the occasion by getting them so busy and happily engaged that their attention was diverted and channeled into learning not just from myself but the high interest materials and successful strategies that I developed and used. To say more would be soon be to have writen still another book.
I enjoy teaching languages, photography, writing; and when I get the chance also love to travel. I like it whenever I can drive into the Ozarks and have greatly enjoyed it when able to visit the beautiful hills and lakes of northern Minnesota around Grand Marais and into southern Ontario. I have been through most of the states of the U.S. except in the Northeast, also to Canada and southern Mexico at Cancun, Valladolid and Chichen Itza which has Mayan ruins. My formal foreign language training is for German and Spanish but informally I have learned a lot in many other languages including Indonesian, Chinese, Russian etc; plus enjoy writing computer programs. In short I enjoy life, like to learn and even more so, I love to impart what I know to others and to help colleagues via what's practical, interesting and really works.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Science, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Native Americans, U.S. History, Foreign Language, French, Spanish, Latin, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Other (Foreign Language), Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Computer Science - Technology, Drama, EFL - ESL - ELD, Health, English, Foreign Languages, Geography (University), Linguistics, Mathematics, Medicine, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Portuguese, Gifted and Talented, Arabic, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Professional Development, Instructional Technology, General Science, ESL / ELL / EFL, Short Stories, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, Informational Text, Hebrew