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Decades ago we diagrammed sentences to help us understand their structure. Not all students like to do this, but mathematical-logical students love it (see Gardner´s 8 types of intelligence.) Diagramming is useful to show if we have complete or
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A murder is described and other information about trials is given to enable your students to act as the witnesses, criminals, lawyers, and judge. Some students will need a lot of help preparing trial questions, and the teacher will most likely need
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A fun way for students to learn important emergency survival facts and to get students talking. Students can play as individuals or as teams that must come to a consensus on what they think the correct answer is. I like to have students or team
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A handout to walk students through making recordings that help them understand how stress and emotion can change the meaning of a sentence.
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Microsoft Publisher is easy to use software that students are not nearly as exposed to as PowerPoint. It can be used to make brochures, timelines, newspapers, and many more printed materials that will be useful to students while they are in school
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It is appropriate to teach some public speaking skills to ESL students in addition to conversation practice. The easiest first speech is a how-to speech since it is usually relatively short and uses visual aids that help keep the speaker focused and
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An extensive alphabetical list of positive adjectives for describing people. There are at least five adjectives for every letter of the alphabet, although the adjectives for the letter “x” all begin with “ex.” I use this as a tool to help
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Ten discussion questions/writing prompts to help connect what happened in Romeo and Juliet’s time to modern life. Discuss the questions in class, assign them for journal writing, or put them on exams as essay questions.
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Expanding students vocabulary is not simply a process of teaching them new words. You also need to teach word roots and affixes (both prefixes and suffixes.) Learning what affixes and roots mean and which affixes and roots can be joined enables
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12 roleplay cards for issues that could arise related to shopping in a grocery store, plus a map of where to place students for the roleplays. Extra students can observe or become other customers in Cashier #2’s line or elsewhere in the store. If
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12 roleplay cards for issues that could arise related to restaurants, plus a map of where to place students for the roleplays. Give all the students their cards privately and circulate to answer any questions. Students should not show their cards to
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A lesson plan on anger and all the resources you need to teach it. Includes an interesting short story, a funny newspaper article, roleplay prompts, a simulation to show how easily serious misunderstandings can occur, and homework assignments.
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Lecture notes on Shakespeare's life, the Middle Ages vs. the Renaissance, and Elizabethan theatre. Great background information to give before having students read any of Shakespeare's works.
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When students first hear an idiom, they may try to picture what the words literally say. But idioms are figurative expressions that do not mean what the students might suspect. When teaching idioms, it can, therefore, be quite instructive to have
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To help students learn to pull the most important events out of story or prepare to write their own stories, story boards are quite useful. Here is a blank story board and a completed example for the book The Lord of the Flies. On the example, I
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To get students to think about the characters in a novel more, a character feelings chart can be helpful. In this file, I have a Lord of the Flies feeling chart exercise set up for the novel’s most important characters and when they feel
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All of my Romeo and Juliet files bundled together at a reduced price. Includes: Lecture Notes on Shakespeare's Life, the Middle Ages vs. the Renaissance, and Elizabethan Theatre; Medieval Speak; Romeo and Juliet Discussion Questions; Romeo and
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When it comes time for students to review everything we´ve learned in a semester in preparation for their final exam, I like to have them work in small groups to create review games. This is the handout I give them to guide them through the process.
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Students roleplay a situation while wearing headbands that identify negative character traits. The other roleplayers must use tact while speaking about the character traits, and everyone tries to guess what their headbands said at the end of the
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Five categories of business terms that are a good starting point for determining what students already know and what they need to learn for doing international business. The five categories are Business Management, Accounting and Finance, Legal,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have three decades of experience mentoring fellow teachers one-on-one, through in-services, as an ESL teacher trainer for Oxford Seminars, and as a conference presenter for TESOL EVO, and VWBPE. Currently, I am developing and delivering online ESL courses at SLESL.net that make use of situational role-playing, games, mysteries, and machinimas.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Flipped classroom, integrated technology, task-based learning, project-based learning, gamification of learning

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Multiple machinima awards, most notably the 2012 MachinEVO award for Best Second Life Animation and the ISTE Awards for Best Film by College Students and Best Acting. For examples of my work, go to: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL02C042E023737F19&feature=mh_lolz .

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.A.: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, American University in Cairo; B.A.: Political Science with a minor in Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley; and A.A.: Public Speaking, Cerritos Community College, Norwalk, CA. Plus 30 units of additional graduate coursework including: UC Riverside courses on teaching online; Ball State University courses on teaching journalism; University of New Mexico courses on incorporating technology into teaching; and Colorado University and CSU San Bernardino courses on reading and writing instruction.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

PROFESSIONAL STRENGTHS: teacher development, online instruction, curriculum design, intercultural issues , writing/editing, and machinima production.

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