Walton Burns

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"I make kids wonder, I make them question. I make them criticize." - Taylor Mali, What Teachers Make
 
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This bundle contains 6 of my Clue by Clue Mystery Activities for the price of 4, plus a free mystery story organizing worksheet. What is a Clue by Clue Mystery? It's a great warm-up, filler, or time killer for early finishers. Students are given
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This unit from an as-yet uncompleted ESL, EFL, English language coursebook teaches English through the theme of mysteries. Students practice reading, writing, speaking, grammar and vocabulary. I find students love mysteries and solving puzzles.
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In this fun murder mystery activity, students have to follow the clues to figure out who killed the rich CEO of a powerful company at his home during a dinner party. This is a printable Word version. There is also a PowerPoint version. What is a
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In this fun mystery activity, students have to follow the clues to figure out how a woman killed her husband without anyone suspecting anything! Also available in PowerPoint form What is a Clue by Clue Mystery? It's a great warm-up, filler, or
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This is a worksheet students can fill in as they read a mystery or suspense story. It's designed to help them solve the mystery by finding all the clues and suspects and then analyzing them. At the same time, it gives them practice in important
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In this fun mystery activity, students have to solve a classic riddle: Why does a woman ride the elevator up to the 15th floor and then walk up to the 20th floor to get to her apartment? Practice critical thinking skills and follow the clues to find
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In this fun mystery activity, students have to guess why a man murdered a woman when police can't find any connection between them. Students use critical thinking skills to follow the clues and find the motive for the mysterious murder! Also
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One of my best-selling Clue by Clue Activities, with a Halloween twist. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In this fun mystery activity, students investigate who stole a bag of candy from a trick or
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Mystery Story cards are an amazing tool to help students successfully outline a mystery story. Each card contains a standard element of the mystery story genre. Students layout their story by laying the cards out in the order they like. The mystery
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In this fun mystery activity, students are given an odd (but true) situation--a robber is put in prison before she even has a chance to be arrested. Students use their critical thinking skills to solve the puzzle. Also available as a PowerPoint
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In this fun mystery activity, students are given an odd (but true) situation--a robber is put in prison before she even has a chance to be arrested. Students use their critical thinking skills to solve the puzzle. Also available in a printable game
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This bundle contains 6 of my Clue by Clue Mystery Activities on PowerPoint for the price of 4, plus a free mystery story organizing worksheet. Inside are ALL my Clue by Clues for PowerPoint. You can also check out thebundle of printable PDF Clue
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One of my best-selling Clue by Clue Activities, with a Halloween twist. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In this fun mystery activity, students investigate who stole a bag of candy from a trick or treater.
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One of my best-selling Clue by Clue Activities, with a Halloween twist. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In this fun logical puzzle mystery game, students investigate who killed a party-goer
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In this fun mystery activity, students have to guess why a man murdered a woman when police can't find any connection between them. Students use critical thinking skills to follow the clues and find the motive for the mysterious murder! Also
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In this fun murder mystery activity, students have to follow the clues to figure out who killed the rich CEO of a powerful company at his home during a dinner party. There is also a printable Word Doc version What is a Clue by Clue Mystery? It's
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In this fun mystery activity, students have to follow the clues to figure out how a woman killed her husband without anyone suspecting anything! This activity can also be found in printable PDF form. What is a Clue by Clue Mystery? It's a great
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In this fun mystery activity, students have to follow the clues to figure out why criminals broke into a store, but took nothing! A great way to teach and practice critical thinking skills! Also available as a printable Word doc. What is a Clue by
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In this fun mystery activity, students have to follow the clues to figure out why criminals broke into a store, but took nothing! A great way to teach and practice critical thinking skills! Also available as a PowerPoint presentation What is a
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Students need to practice critical thinking skills. Mysteries are a great way to do that. While students are solving mysteries, they are collecting and evaluating information, putting information together from different sources, applying logic, and
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Walton Burns is a teacher and award-winning materials writer from Connecticut who began his career in 2001, teaching in the Peace Corps in the South Pacific. Since then, he has taught in Central Asia and in his native country. His students have been a diverse group, including Russian oil executives, Afghan high school students, and Chinese video game champions. As a writer, he has been on the author team of two textbooks and written lesson plans and activities for private language schools. He is currently chair of the Materials Writing Interest Section of the TESOL Association, the international association for English language professionals. For more information, including projects he has worked on, go to his blog at English Advantage and his portfolio site.

Editorial Work

  • Co-author, Hang Out! by Compass Publishing. General ESL textbook for primary school students
  • Author, Inside Writing, a genre-based writing course book for Oxford University Press.
  • Grammar Editor, MasterMind series by Macmillian
  • Extensive materials development and course design for online schools, including Really English/New Horizons.
  • Assessment writing for OUP, Pearson, and SLTI.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I truly believe that communication is the goal of language teaching. Grammar is a toolbox to help students express themselves, not rules that need to be memorized. Vocabulary is a palette for students to work with creatively, not a list of words to be memorized. That's not to say that drilling and grammar banging don't have their place, but I teach for those moments when a student spontaneously expresses him or herself using new language and doesn't even realize it because he or she is so caught up in the conversation.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

  • 3rd place, BESIG and Cambridge University Press Lesson Plan Contest.
  • Winner, One Stop English Lesson Share.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

  • BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
  • MA in International Development from The Heller School, Brandeis University
  • TESOL Core Certificate, TESOL, Inc.
  • 12 Credits toward an MA in TESOL from Adelphi University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

  • Chair of the Materials Writer Interest Section of TESOL, Inc.
  • Freelance materials writer and editor for Pearson, Macmillan, OUP, Compass Publishing, and several international online schools.
  • Frequent Co-Moderator of the EVO: Creating the ePerfect eBook, a Massive Open Online Course on publishing educational materials online.
  • Blog at:English Advantage

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