Of course ALL things ESL/ESOL (insert acronym here) are my passion. Which combined with my oftentimes inability to say no led to board member status within Virginia’s affiliate of TESOL in 2015. I think this was one of the *best* decisions I have made. The networking alone have been a Godsend along with meeting Dr. Ayanna Cooper. She coopergraciously agreed to be VATESOL’s keynote speaker at our 2017 conference and was beyond inspiring! To that end I share her recent post focused on “helping students reach their full potential by engaging them in authentic, antiracist, inclusive school communities.” 

Often, school communities and workplaces pride themselves for being diverse. I don’t doubt that such pride is valid. We are diverse in many ways. However, lately, diversity has become equated with inclusion—and this is concerning. Diversity does not mean or assure inclusivity. Black History Month, celebrated in February, is an annual remembrance of how the…

via Diversity ≠ Inclusion: Avoiding Segregative Practices With ELs — TESOL Blog

Diversity ≠ Inclusion —from TESOL Blog

Posted in Technology, TESOL


😁 It has been too long since I have updated my blog. A few things have kept me away:

  • 👦 9-year old “expert”,  👧 3-year old spunky girl, and 👶 infant
  • VATESOL board member while also working on website 💻 & social media outreach.
  • (AND the full-time gig! Proudest #schoolmomma moment – 3 ESL seniors graduated 2017 😊)

Lots to follow in the field from DACA, border concerns, to ESSA. For the sake of professionalism (😏) if you have not already, check out the 6 Principles by TESOL International. It’s good information for ALL teachers as ALL teachers are language teachers.

Posted in Technology

Lesson Bragging!!!

Don’t you just love it when an idea pays off??? We won’t discuss how it has taken over a year to actually come up with the idea and implement it, yet it only took a few minutes of prep…

I desperately wanted my students to get in some speaking and writing practice. Then I remembered my tortuous days in college and how we would use VoiceThread. {Insert lightbult moment here.} Below is a sample of our thread follow-up of a field trip. Once Tyger transcribes his thread, he will have an expository piece to edit and submit. We could get really techie and attempt voice notes in Google Docs!


Posted in Reading, Secondary

“Every student knows how to take notes!” FALSE!

Admittedly, secondary is not my favorite. I will be positive and add yet to that statement. My students are great; I guess it’s the newness. I do not dislike being at the middle or high school. I just feel much more at ease in the elementary schools!

Now with that out there – I fully expected students to have been given notes, received a study guide or gotten some form of knowledge frozen on paper from the teacher. {BZZZZZ! Wrong}  Continue reading ““Every student knows how to take notes!” FALSE!”

Posted in TESOL

ESL Endorsement in VA

downloadIf you have ever considered adding on an endorsement for ESL, I’ve checked into a few colleges in Virginia. Those links are below. Personally, I am partial to George Mason University in Manassas because that is where I did my coursework. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is just as amazing and close to Richmond. Oddly enough the two happen to rivals on the basketball court I learned.

Continue reading “ESL Endorsement in VA”

Posted in Technology, TESOL

He/ She doesn’t speak English!!

First: Breathe, no need to panic. IT.WILL.BE.OKAY.

Second: You likely started teaching to teach, right? This new student will absorb your teaching like a sponge, even if you do not see it readily. He or she should be a breath of fresh air – a student who actually WANTS to learn!

Third: Above all, DO NOT SAY you can’t hold their hand or don’t have time for him or her. They will read this from you, even if you try and hide it. Please do not be this person as a model for education in the US.

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Posted in Elementary, Science, Technology


I am going to be adventurous and try creating Thinglinks with my Kindergarten thru 4th graders about Spring. I can’t believe it is here already. If you are not familiar with a Thinglink, you can add notes and other tags directly to the image. Hover your mouse over the cherry blossoms image below. It’s pretty cool. I did not identify the location of the image as a talking point.

Click the link below for the website via my example.

My Spring


Posted in TESOL

Virginia Teachers!!

For other states, check into your state’s TESOL affiliation. Just recently with the new ESSA legislation it was so helpful and reassuring to have a voice and be involved on the ESL end. TESOL also is worthwhile for general education teachers who have ESL students.