My background includes teaching English as a second language K-12 and secondary Spanish and French. During my 20+ years of teaching, I was always looking for fun ways to keep the interest of my students and to make learning stick. Years ago I began creating my own materials and had some of them published by J. Weston Walch and Teacher's Discovery. My husband, Keith, continues to help me by drawing humorous cartoons for many of my projects. I am now retired from teaching and am devoting some of my time to refining the ideas that worked well for me and posting them here on TpT. A teacher friend told me about TpT. Thanks, Brenda!
I'm a firm believer in Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. I focus on using teaching methods that target different ways of learning. The survey activity, for example, targets interpersonal, bodily-kinesthetic and linguistic intelligences. I also love using music and visuals to help students learn. For example, the song "Yakety Yak" is a great tune for practicing the different vowel "a" sounds: . . .Take out the papers and the trash. . .Yakety Yak. . . Don't talk back!"
In my 6th year of retirement, I received a note from my former school that students in the top 15% of the senior class were asked to chose their favorite educator from K-12. I was chosen as a favorite educator by a student who came to this country with no English. I was her ESL teacher in 5th and 6th grade. At the dinner I attended, students gave short speeches about their favorite teachers. It was so rewarding to see the progress she had made despite the language barrier.
BA degree/Spanish & French majors South Dakota State University, MA degree/French, Middlebury College (School Abroad Paris, France), English as a Second Language Licensure Program, Hamline Univ. Graduate School of Education
My mother also taught English and French. She was not trained as an ESL teacher, but did teach English to Japanese Americans at a Japanese Internment Camp in Colorado during World War II.