How Mindfulness is Proactive, while Discipline is Reactive

How Mindfulness is Proactive, while Discipline is Reactive How Mindfulness is Proactive, while Discipline is Reactive  3 Tips to Make a Classroom More Mindful How to Speak to Students more Mindfully How to change your student feedback to be more mindful & elicit accountability My colorful teaching journey has given me the awareness that mindfulness is proactive, while discipline is reactive.  My background: I’ve taught Special Education, 3rd and 4th grades, and English to students 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…

Gratitude Lessons with Writing and Speaking Prompts for English Language Learners

How Gratitude Speaking and Writing Prompts Benefit English Language Learners

How Gratitude Speaking and Writing Prompts Increase Student and Teacher Engagement, Connection,  Community, and English Production “Your ability to see beauty and possibility is proportionalto the level at which you embrace gratitude.” —Steve Maraboli How did speaking and writing prompts for my English Language Learners affect academic and mental health results for the students AND the teachers?  Well, after teaching English in Greece and Panama, I was in a transition, changing my country of residence, career, and Read more…

TAPS Guided Mindfulness Meditation Exercise for English Language Learners

How Can Guided Mindfulness Meditation Benefit BOTH Teachers and Students?

Be Calmer and Happier with TAPS: A Mindfulness Exercise for BOTH Teachers and Students “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” – Dalai Lama When I first read this quote, I thought, “Whoa!  How bold!” Then I thought about my own experience of witnessing the power of mindfulness.  When I was a 4th grade teacher, our public school was fortunate to Read more…