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…

How Readers Theaters Teach ALL Multiple Intelligences

Readers Theaters

The Best Cooperative Learning Projects for English Language Learners: Readers Theaters I watched some of my quietest, most hesitant English Language Learners come alive onstage through the process of Readers Theaters.  They expressed their reading comprehension with detailed artwork and captions on their scripts, became engaged and diligent about practicing their lines with careful pronunciation and powerful expression, and students from many different countries worked together as a team.  Why are Readers Theaters Valuable? Readers Read more…