ESL Handy Phrases for Conversation

The following is a list of handy phrases that every ESL student should master. I received this list from Lingodeer+ level 3 list. Lingodeer+ along with these other apps, are great tools for practicing English. Common Irregular Verbs for Handy Phrases Practice on Irregular Verbs. Verb Past Tense eat ate have had hang hung goContinue reading “ESL Handy Phrases for Conversation”

Week 1.5 Parts of a Mouse, Keyboard and iOS Device

Hello! For a deeper understanding of the technology that we are using throughout the course, check out this guide to learning the parts of a mouse, keyboard and iOS devices (iPads, iPhones). First, check out this quizlet set: Then, you can check out this guide to iOS: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/iphonebasics/getting-started-with-the-iphone/1/ Answer the following questions: Which key isContinue reading “Week 1.5 Parts of a Mouse, Keyboard and iOS Device”

College Counseling Personification Activity #1: I am a College/University!

Follow this five-part series of activities for students interested in applying to college. This is part 1! Personification is the act of giving something that is non-human, human properties, which can be useful when talking about the college you want to attend. Each college, with their location, history, types of students they admit, and theirContinue reading “College Counseling Personification Activity #1: I am a College/University!”

Advanced Work with Adjectives

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the following 16 useful adjectives: Advanced Adjectives Study Link Here is the list of the adjectives for reference: Affluent Cerulean Decrepit Effeminate Endemic Feminine Herculean Luminous Masculine Nefarious Obese Precarious Stingy Torturous Unpalatable Utopian Conversational Dialogue Read the following dialogue, which uses some of the words we haveContinue reading “Advanced Work with Adjectives”

Do you really make an impact?

After already living out most of my college career, it was time for my high school best friend to pick the college of her dreams. She had narrowed it down to two choices. Since I lived in the dorms, I didn’t get to visit her as often as I used to. But now it wasContinue reading “Do you really make an impact?”


   Inside each student is a story. Sometimes it has already been scribbled out in paper, with phrases rambling so long they ask the reader to gasp for air. The words, swollen with raw emotions, strike the reader like a paper cut. Other times the story has gone missing. There are no words on theContinue reading “Finding THE STORY”

Review of Colleges that Change Lives

Bottom Line: Colleges that Change Lives is a refreshing and re-invigorating look at the college guide genre. It suffers from a lack of California options and frank discussions on financial aid. Most books in the college guide genre have money sign logos indicating that a school is a “great value”, fun-fact information boxes and admissionsContinue reading “Review of Colleges that Change Lives”

High school counseling and individualized plans are key to student success

Note: This is my entry to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute Wonkathon contest.    Exactly two years ago, March 2016, I was in the trenches as a high school special education teacher. I would leap from classroom to classroom, borrowing them from the general education teachers during their prep time. I was trying to balanceContinue reading “High school counseling and individualized plans are key to student success”

What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

Lately, there has been a switch from English classes focused on critical readings, mini-lessons and writing workshops to standardized composition courses. My latest visit with my former English teacher left me with a palatable sense that he feels his freedom is gone and he’s now trapped. The times when he would scour first his homeContinue reading “What happens when you let students and teachers be free?”