The ESL Nexus

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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
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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
$3.50
7 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students a fun way to extend their learning about Halloween. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this popular American holiday. Please see below for a list of the words. ✓
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Halloween
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
2 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 10 quotations, each overlaid on a different photograph, about Respect and Kindness that you can use as classroom decor, plus 10 general questions that you can use as writing and discussion prompts about the quotes and images. There are 5
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Character Education, Classroom Community
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Posters, Google Apps
$3.25
2 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
The word problems on these task cards, in printable and Google Drive™ versions, are all about a traditional Thanksgiving meal and ask students to find the answers in fraction form and then draw pictures to represent their answers. Students can use
Subjects:
Fractions, Word Problems, Thanksgiving
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Math Centers, Task Cards, Google Apps
CCSS:
3.NF.A.1, 3.NF.A.3a, 3.NF.A.3b
$4.25
2 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students a fun way to supplement their learning about Thanksgiving. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this quintessential American holiday. Please see below for a list of
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Thanksgiving
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
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By The ESL Nexus
Find task cards, word searches, and a crossword puzzle in this bundle of 3 Halloween products! There are print and Google Drive™ versions of all the resources. Each product is based on 20 Halloween-themed vocabulary words (see below for a list of
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Halloween
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$10.00
$8.00
1 rating
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By The ESL Nexus
Use these 3 sets of differentiated task cards to learn or review 20 vocabulary words that symbolize Halloween. Each set is in a separate Google Drive™ file so you can easily choose which version your students should use based on their reading and
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Halloween
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Task Cards, Cultural Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
L.3.6, L.4.6, L.5.6, L.6.6, L.7.6, L.8.6
$3.75
2 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle are an engaging way for your students to learn about Martin Luther King Day. All the puzzles use 20 words related to this important holiday. Please see below for a list of the words. ✓ Please note:
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Martin Luther King Day
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
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By The ESL Nexus
Let your students practice using reading strategies with this digital resource when they read fiction and non-fiction texts. If your students know what reading strategies are but only use them in their English class, then this resource is for you!
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, For All Subject Areas, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.5.10, RL.6.10, RL.7.10, RL.8.10, RI.5.10, RI.6.10, RI.7.10, RI.8.10, RH.6-8.10, RST.6-8.10
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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle for your students to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. All the puzzles use 20 words and phrases related to this lovely holiday. Please see below for a list of the terms. ✓ Please note: This resource is
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Valentine's Day
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
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By The ESL Nexus
Teach your students about American holidays celebrated in January and February with this bundle of 4 resources! There are word searches and crossword puzzles for New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, and Presidents Day. Each
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$13.00
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By The ESL Nexus
This resource has 3 parts: 11 photographs of gourds, printable pages with writing prompts about the gourds, and an online paperless version of the writing prompts about the gourds. There are 4 prompts that let students practice:* Narrative writing,
Subjects:
Writing, Autumn, Products For TpT Sellers
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.3.3, W.3.4, W.3.6, W.3.10, W.4.1, W.4.3, W.4.4, W.4.6, W.4.10, W.5.1...
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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle to help your students learn about Presidents Day. All the puzzles use 20 words and phrases related to this patriotic holiday. Please see below for a list of the terms. ✓ Please note: This
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Presidents' Day
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
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By The ESL Nexus
If you teach about Africa in a world geography class, read African literature in a Language Arts class, or need an activity for Black History Month, these writing prompts are for you! This resource contains 2 types of writing tasks with different
Subjects:
Writing, Black History Month, African History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Cultural Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.5.1, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.10, W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.6.10, W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.4...
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By The ESL Nexus
These 50 quotations by U.S. presidents, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and other famous people will get your students thinking about the meaning of peace and how to achieve it. There are 3 writing prompts that can be used with the quotations and an
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
$5.25
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By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students a fun way to supplement their learning about Veterans Day. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this patriotic American holiday; please see below for a list of the
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
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By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students a fun way to learn about New Year’s Day. All the puzzles use 20 words related to this festive holiday. Please see below for a list of the words. ✓ Please note: This resource is
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, The New Year
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
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By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students a fun way to learn about Columbus Day. All the puzzles use 20 words related to Christopher Columbus and the impact of his voyages. Please see below for a list of the words. The
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
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By The ESL Nexus
Teach your students about American holidays celebrated in October, November and December with this bundle of 5 resources! There are word searches and crossword puzzles for Columbus Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
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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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