ABE English, In the Classroom, Uncategorized

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 CeruleanDecrepitEffeminateEndemicFeminineHerculeanLuminousMasculineNefariousObesePrecariousStingyTorturousUnpalatableUtopian Conversational Dialogue Read the following dialogue, which uses some of the words we have learned, and answer the following questions: An Everyday Chat between Two Women on the… Continue reading Advanced Work with Adjectives

College Counseling, Personal Life, Uncategorized

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 was… Continue reading Do you really make an impact?

College Counseling, Uncategorized

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 admissions… Continue reading Review of Colleges that Change Lives

College Counseling, Education Policy, Uncategorized

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 balance… Continue reading High school counseling and individualized plans are key to student success

Education Policy, In the Classroom, Uncategorized

MyOn: A Review

Bottom Line: The children's e-book site MyOn is enjoyable, in the way a bowl of sugary cereal is. There are reasons to be cautious about it.    MyOn promises to spread literacy by offering any kid with an internet connection access to more than 20,000 books. But how does it stack up?    Every review… Continue reading MyOn: A Review

Uncategorized

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 home… Continue reading What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

In the Classroom, Uncategorized

Give it up for flexible seating!

It's sometimes too easy to criticize the state of education and so I want to  mix things up with a positive educational trend: flexible seating. I'm writing on the subject in the hope that it becomes the norm rather than a novelty. The benefits I see to flexible seating come from my experience as a… Continue reading Give it up for flexible seating!

Education Policy, In the Classroom, Uncategorized

Welcome and Introduction!

Hello everyone! If you are reading this, I first want to say thank you for giving me a chance 🙂 For now, this blog will be anonymous and so my job in this post is to make myself sound as credible as possible without giving too much of myself away. I am currently an Instructional… Continue reading Welcome and Introduction!