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We rely on acronyms and other mnemonic devices to rote-memorize a sequence that otherwise makes no sense. Why is East… Read more Acronyms: when a crutch is too much.
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We parent the best we can. I had lived in the US for exactly 5 years by the time my… Read more What This Russian Mom Did Not Know about the US Schools.
Does your district allow the use of electronic dictionaries during the end-of-course assessments? Right now is a good time to… Read more The First Weeks of School: Bilingual Dictionaries
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ESL Resources for Secondary English Learners. “It’s good for ALL students” “YOU know better what’s good for your students.” The… Read more Standing upon the Shoulders of Giants
“If we don’t have engaged kids, what do we have?” ~ Carol Salva Last week, I was Carol Salva’s guest… Read more Joy of Learning: Engaging Students in Every Classroom
Houston, we have a problem! During the summer break before my son’s freshman year, we were visiting family back in… Read more Building Fundamental Skills