Welcome to my blog! 

A place for teachers to come and get inspired so that they can leave ready to Inspire Young Learners! 

Find below great posts that will help you create a positive classroom community, provide easy to use tips and strategies, and give you important information on how best to teach ELL students! 

Make sure to check back often for new articles created with you in mind! 

March 25, 2019

Watch below to see my Sunday Strategy Sessions video sharing all about how to use the Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategy: Numbered Heads Together. 

March 12, 2019

Are you looking for a way to have your students practice academic vocabulary with one another in an engaging and interactive way? Watch or read below about one of my favorite vocabulary strategies for a whole group setting. 


The Inside/Outside Circle is one of...

March 9, 2019

Think-Pair-Share is one of my favorite "go-to" strategies to get students talking and engaged with the lesson. It is so simple to implement and can be used in any subject or age level. 

Here's a breakdown of how Think-Pair-Share works:

(You can also find a FREE handy che...

February 4, 2019

If you are new to working with ELLs, then you might quickly become overwhelmed by the number of acronyms used when referring to students who are learning English. 

Today, I am going to walk you through many different acronyms you may come across in the field of teaching...

January 13, 2019

I can still picture her face today... her name was Elizabeth, the same as mine, and we went to school together from elementary all the way through high school. If you asked me what else I knew about her, I sadly would have to say, nothing. The thing was, this girl Eliz...

October 15, 2018

When learning a new language it is only natural for there to be a silent period the first few months to take in and adapt to the new environment and language. Although we should never push students to speak a new language, I do believe there are easy ways to help Engli...

September 19, 2018

Living in a foreign country has been challenging in so many ways, but at the same time, it has helped me walk in the shoes of second language students and parents. We recently enrolled our 3-year-old daughter in a local preschool here in Panama, and the only language s...

September 13, 2018

Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry is a Christian organization that advocates and takes care of orphans in Panama. Their three main missions are to offer free adoption & family services, provide volunteers for local orphanages and the creation of the first special needs o...

August 26, 2018

If I'm going to be honest, I really hate icebreakers. I can still remember at the start of every year when we had to do two truths and a lie... my palms would begin sweating and I dreaded my turn. Keep in mind that I am a native English speaker, and still hated these a...

July 25, 2018

Have you ever tried talking to someone on the phone in another language? Even if you are pretty fluent in a second language, talking to someone without being able to read their body signals or track with their mouth makes understanding what they are saying that much ha...

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