Engaging language learning contains a balance between all four domains of language learning: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. These mindful listening strategies appeal to English Language Learners of all multiple intelligences, for kids AND adults! Language activities (and free ESL resources) support IELTS prep and mindful teaching. Join us ESL teachers, sharing lesson ideas with speaking and listening strategies. #esl #listening #mindfullistening #mindfulness #listeningtips #ielts

6 Mindful Listening Tips for Language Learners

Does a mindful, well-balanced approach to teaching appeal to you? Are you interested in improving your foreign language listening skills?  My adult English Language Learners are very open about what they want to learn, and where they need help. To support their English language learning needs, I created Daily Interaction Dialogues, resources for English Language Learners that contain scripts for everyday social situations, along with vocabulary and reading comprehension questions and answers.  Lately while using Read more…

Curious about learning and teaching short, simple mindfulness practices? These mindfulness quotes help introduce mindfulness basics for students and teachers. Enjoy wisdom, freedom, and change in your life with present moment awareness practices, instead of the same ruminating thoughts (and stress). Enjoy powerful facts and affirmations to bring motivation for overall mental health and healthy relationships for children and adults! #mindfulness #mindfulnessquotes #quotes #mindfulnessforkids

10 Mindfulness Quotes for Teachers

  Curious about how to teach or begin a mindfulness practice? These 10 Mindfulness Quotes for Teachers help introduce mindfulness basics with definitions, the benefits, and attitudes of mindfulness to support you in the classroom–and your mental peace wherever you are. Enjoy mindfulness resources, including ideas for short, simple mindfulness practices.  Why Mindfulness? When I first read this quote, I thought, “Whoa! How bold!” Then I thought about my own experience of witnessing the power Read more…

Interested in making your classroom more mindful by making small changes in language? Simple language shifts in feedback can result in a student’s change from defensive to mindful and accountable. Here are a few tips to informally add mindfulness into your teaching, which decreases the need for discipline. These techniques and activities are appropriate for kids and adults, bringing ease to classroom management. #mindfulness #mindfulnessforkids #discipline #classroommanagement #communication

How Mindfulness is Proactive, while Discipline is Reactive

Are you interested in making your classroom more mindful by making small changes in the language you use? Simple language shifts in feedback can result in a change from defensive to mindful and accountable. Here are a few tips to informally add mindfulness into your teaching, which decreases the need for discipline. My colorful teaching journey has given me the awareness that mindfulness is proactive, while discipline is reactive.  My background: I’ve taught Special Education, Read more…

A balance between all four domains of language learning--Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening--provides the most effective, engaging language learning! We are collaborative, innovative international English teachers, sharing balanced lessons we've used while teaching English in multiple countries. We honor Mindfulness and Multiple Intelligences. These English language learning strategies can be adjusted to serve English Language Learners of all ages. #esl #english #englishlessons #languagelearning

How to Balance the 4 Domains of Language Learning: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening 

   How to Balance the 4 Domains of Language Learning: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening  A balance between all four domains of language learning— Reading, Writing, Speaking, & Listening— provides the most effective, engaging language learning! On this episode of The Arsenio Buck Show (a high-energy ESL  Podcast,on which I’m grateful to be a regular guest), Arsenio and I discuss examples of balanced activities I’ve used while teaching English in the U.S., Greece, and Panama. Read more…

“How can I improve my English speaking?” In this episode of the high-energy ESL podcast, Arsenio and I discuss my Top 10 Ways to Improve Speaking a Foreign Language. We are both international English teachers, providing free resources for English Language Learners and teachers of ELL, ESOL, ESL, EFL, and communication. #esl #english #englishlessons #speakingstrategies #communication

10 Ways to Improve Speaking a Foreign Language 

10 Ways to Improve Speaking a Foreign Language  On a daily basis, both Arsenio and I receive questions from English Language Learners who want to know, “How can I improve my English speaking?” So, in this episode, Arsenio and I discuss my Top 10 Ways to Improve Speaking a Foreign Language.    I’m grateful to be a regular guest on The Arsenio Buck Show, a high-energy ESL Podcast!  Arsenio interviews English teachers and English language Read more…

Attitudes of Mindfulness include Non-Judging, Patience, Beginner’s Mind, Trust, Non-Striving, Acceptance, Letting Go, and more! Awareness of these attitudes brings calm. Choosing one of these attitudes as an intention can be a simple positive mindset reframe. #AttitudesofMindfulness #MindfulnessforBeginners #MindfulnessInspiration #Mindfulness #BenefitsofMindfulness #MindfulnessExercises

11 Attitudes of Mindfulness: How 11 Words Cause Calm

     11 Attitudes of Mindfulness:  How 11 Words Cause Calm   What are the Attitudes of Mindfulness?  As a student of Mindfulness training, I was constantly reminded of the “Attitudes of Mindfulness” clearly posted in the Mindfulness classrooms.  These attitudes were continually referenced during classes. We were often invited to choose an Attitude of Mindfulness as an intention for the class session (or longer). Then, these attitude references made it easy to reflect during Read more…

5 Simple Ways to Implement Silent Retreat Mindfulness into your Everyday Life. Silent Retreats provide the space to focus inward with mindfulness practices such as yoga, mindful sits, body scans, mindful walking, and mindful eating. #mindfulness #silentretreat #mindfulnessexercises #mindfulnessforkids #mindfulnessintheclassroom #mindfulnesstechniques

Silent Retreat Mindfulness

What is a Silent Retreat? 5 Ways to  Implement Silent Retreat Mindfulness into  your Everyday Life Are you interested in recharging?  Would you like to focus on yourself?  A Silent Retreat could be your answer.  Silent retreats provide the space to focus inward and release the distractions of the outside world.  As part of my mindfulness studies, I took a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class in the style of Jon Kabat-Zinn. (Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Read more…

Daily Interaction Dialogues: Calling 9-1-1 Improving Speech for English Language Learners

Daily Interaction Dialogues: Improving Speech for English Language Learners

Daily Interaction Dialogues were created because my English Language Learners constantly request more speaking practice, especially examples of what to say in their everyday interactions. They want to be able to communicate with English speakers on the phone and in natural settings like talking to their neighbors, asking for help in a grocery store, and calling 911. This is how I get English Language Learners to share their areas of need, which turn into Daily Read more…

Daily Interaction Dialogues Improving Speech for English Language Learners

Top 10 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Teach Character

  Top 10 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Teach Character Are you looking for a way to teach good character through stories?  Get started with these Top 10 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Teach Character, along with possible themes and life lessons.  Currently, schools and libraries are gearing up for Read Across America, an international celebration of reading started by the National Education Association in 1998, and held annually on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  Many schools Read more…

TAPS Guided Mindfulness Meditation Exercise for English Language Learners

Mindfulness Exercises for Children: Short, Simple  Mindful Minutes

  Mindfulness Exercises for Children: Short, Simple   Mindful Minutes The Need for Mindfulness Exercises for Children Right before the start of the school year, I was speaking with my friend Kerry, a brilliant, innovative educator, who was once my Cooperating Teacher while I was student teaching.  Kerry was talking about the logistics of teaching thirty sixth graders in her classroom.  She said she wished she had a Mindfulness practice for her students.  However, it could Read more…