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By The ESL Nexus
Use these posters in 26 different languages to welcome students back to school at the beginning of the year, parents at your back-to-school open house, or at parent-teacher conferences. Sixteen of the most common languages spoken by students in
Subjects:
World Language, Back to School, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
$5.00
33 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Give your students practice in writing citations correctly for 11 types of resources! Updated for the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook, there are 72 task cards for resources often used when writing a bibliography for school assignments as well as
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Library Skills, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Bibliographies, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8, WHST.6-8.8
$5.25
22 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
Give your students support in writing summaries of fiction and non-fiction texts! The organizational frameworks show what kind of information should be included when writing a summary. The sentence starters offer a variety of writing prompts that
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
RL.4.2, RL.5.2, RL.6.2, RL.7.2, RL.8.2, RL.9-10.2, RL.11-12.2, RI.4.2, RI.5.2, RI.6.2, RI.7.2...
$3.25
30 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
Do you need or want to have a statement of your teaching philosophy? This tool guides you in the creation of a personal statement that explains your beliefs and values about education. There are 2 parts of this resource: * The 1st section has
Subjects:
Professional Development, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Professional Documents, Printables, Posters
$3.25
23 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Two formats for writing compare and contrast paragraphs, compositions, and essays are presented in this product. Several 8.5" x 11" posters and charts that can be displayed on interactive whiteboards or bulletin boards and which can also be
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing, For All Subjects
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Posters
CCSS:
W.3.2, W.3.4, W.3.10, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.10, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.10, W.6.2, W.6.4...
$5.00
21 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
In this back to school activity, or whenever you want to introduce students to the field of archeology, students pretend to be archeologists and conduct a dig in their classroom by analyzing artifacts and recording their observations. This activity
Subjects:
Archaeology, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
W.3.2, W.3.4, W.3.10, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.10, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.10, W.6.2, W.6.4...
$3.25
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3.9
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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 3 checklists to guide students when editing paragraphs! Your students can use them to check their own writing and to peer edit their classmates' work. You can also use them for formative and summative assessment. An 8.5" x 11" poster
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Posters
CCSS:
W.5.5, W.6.5, W.7.5, W.8.5, L.5.1, L.5.2, L.6.1, L.6.2, L.7.1, L.7.2, L.8.1...
$3.25
11 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 3 language arts tasks to introduce your students to Chinese New Year and the Chinese zodiac. You can also use these activities anytime you are teaching about China. There are 2 reading passages which are print-and-go activities and the
Subjects:
Writing, Asian Studies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
W.5.1a, W.5.1b, W.5.1c, W.5.1d, W.3.1a, W.3.1b, W.3.1c, W.3.1d, W.4.1a, W.4.1b, W.4.1c...
$4.25
7 ratings
3.9
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By The ESL Nexus
Ever wonder if a bilingual student has a learning disability because he or she is not doing well in class? Figuring out the difference between a special education need or a second language issue is not easy. This questionnaire is a tool to help
Subjects:
Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Professional Documents, Printables
$5.25
10 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Quick and easy to use, these weekly progress report forms are a great way to maintain frequent contact with parents and guardians and keep them informed of how their children are doing in your class. Both Printable and Google Drive™ versions are
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Printables, For Parents, Google Apps
$3.25
13 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Use this China picture book, organized in ABC format, to teach about Chinese culture, the geography of China, and Chinese history. Each page of this informational text contains 1 letter of the alphabet and a word connected to China that begins with
Subjects:
Grammar, Asian Studies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
RI.3.2, RI.3.8, RI.4.2, RI.4.8, RI.5.8, RI.6.2, RI.8.5, RF.3.4, RF.4.4, RF.5.4, SL.3.2...
$5.25
15 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
If you teach Ancient History, save yourself some preparation time and use a ready-made social studies pre-test at the beginning of the year to find out what your students already know about Prehistory and the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt,
Subjects:
Ancient History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Back to School
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Examinations - Quizzes, Printables
$3.50
12 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
The graphic organizers, posters, checklists, and sentence starters in this money-saving bundle will help all your students develop their skills in writing paragraphs, writing summaries of fiction and non-fictions texts, and organizing index card
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing, For All Subjects
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.4.2, RL.5.2, RL.6.2, RL.7.2, RL.8.2, RL.9-10.2, RL.11-12.2, RI.4.2, RI.5.2, RI.6.2, RI.7.2...
$9.75
$7.80
18 ratings
3.9
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By The ESL Nexus
Help your English Language Learners and other students in Grades 5 - 8 learn essential vocabulary words! The words cover commonly-taught English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies topics and come in 3 sizes. The words in this
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Word Walls, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
L.5.4, L.5.6, L.6.4, L.6.6, L.7.4, L.7.6, L.8.4, L.8.6
$5.25
10 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Use these posters in 26 different languages to say "Hello" to your students on the first day of school and to greet parents and the school community at school-wide events. Sixteen of the most common languages spoken by students in American public
Subjects:
World Language, For All Subject Areas, Back to School
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
$5.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills when they use these evaluation forms to assess their performance on projects, curriculum units and courses. These forms will also help your students develop metacognitive awareness of their
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Google Apps
$3.25
7 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Biographies of 80 famous and important African-Americans who were pioneers in their fields are profiled in this resource. Included are 15 ways to use these task cards to help your students develop their writing, speaking and listening skills.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, U.S. History, Black History Month
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
W.5.2, W.5.4, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.7.2, W.7.4, W.8.2, W.8.4, SL.5.2, SL.5.4, L.5.1...
$5.25
12 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
In this classroom-tested lesson plan, students describe themselves, their goals for the school year and for their future by using a website or app for creating online posters. This is a great way for you to get to know your students and for them to
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Instructional Technology, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Internet Activities
CCSS:
W.4.6, W.5.6, W.6.6, W.7.6, W.8.6, W.9-10.6, SL.4.5, SL.5.5, SL.6.5, SL.7.5, SL.8.5...
$3.25
9 ratings
3.9
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By The ESL Nexus
Charts with 10 general questions about European colonies and settlements in the New World are presented for students who are learning about the early history of America. As your students learn about English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Swedish,
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RI.5.7, RI.5.9, W.5.8, W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8
$4.25
3 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Information about opinion writing, persuasive writing, and argumentative writing is presented on 8.5" x 11" posters that show a) the features of each type of writing, b) key words and phrases used in each type of writing, and c) signal words used in
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing, For All Subjects
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers, Posters
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1, W.6.1, W.7.1, W.8.1, WHST.6-8.1
$3.75
6 ratings
3.8
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I specialize in creating low-prep, academically engaging resources for English Language Learners in Mainstream and ESL classes. Over a period of 25 years, I taught English Language Learners of all ages and proficiency levels at universities in Asia, private language programs in the US and finally at a public school in Massachusetts where I began by teaching Grades K - 8 and ended up teaching students in Grades 3 - 8. I taught English Language Development as well as Content-Based ESL that focused on Social Studies (Ancient History, World History, American History, World Geography); I also did push-in and pull-out Math and Science lessons for ELLs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I loved helping adolescent English Language Learners develop their language, critical thinking and technology skills. I had high expectations for my students and I knew that with support, they could all be successful. I worked hard to create an atmosphere where students felt comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions because I believe that fostered their motivation and desire to learn. I embedded technology in my lessons as much as possible, but it was the human connection I made with each individual student that was most important to me as a teacher. I also really enjoyed collaborating with other teachers and helping them provide effective instruction to the English Language Learners in their classes. Some of my most rewarding experiences as an educator came from co-teaching lessons. I shared ideas with other teachers and implemented cross-curricular activities for students whenever possible to enhance their learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

ING Unsung Heroes Award in 2010; interviewed by Voice of America in 2008 about an online journal I founded and published for ELL teacher trainers; Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to India in 2007; nominated for Disney's American Teacher Award in 2001; presented at educational conferences in the US, Canada, and China; published articles about teaching English Language Learners in professional journals and books.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. Brown University (anthropology); M.A. School for International Training (intercultural administration); M.A.T. School for International Training (teaching English to speakers of other languages); numerous courses, workshops and in-service trainings on all aspects of teaching English Language Learners; studied French in an intensive summer program in Quebec; high school exchange student to Sweden for one year.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Other interests include photography, the Old West, cuisine throughout the ages, and collecting postcards. You can follow me on My Blog, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

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