I loved this year for the most part. There were a lot of things that made me not like it on a global level, and I think many of us feel the same way, but on a personal I think it was a great year. Here are some of my favourite things of 2015 Finding … Continue reading Why I Loved 2015
Storytelling with Instagram
There is no question or doubt that social media is impacting students’ communication in and out of the classroom. However, it’s up to us to make sure that this impact has positive implications. As an English teacher, I love using tools that my students use to show them a different way of using it. Not … Continue reading Storytelling with Instagram
Strategies to Help Struggling Writers
This post was originally published on Edutopia. It's the day that my first-year college students are sharing the outlines/rough drafts of their final essays with their peers. As I walk around the classroom, a few students put their hands up for me to take a look at their work and give feedback. I look at … Continue reading Strategies to Help Struggling Writers
Blogging as a self-reflective tool is overrated!
Blogging in the beginning was a reflective tool, one to share thoughts and ideas while teaching, outside the classroom, or in a conversation. Many see blogging in this way, as a self-reflective tool. Instinctually, blogging is a self-centred act. It usually centres around the self and attempts to amplify the voice of the writer. Here's … Continue reading Blogging as a self-reflective tool is overrated!
Strategies for Reading Non-Fiction with ELL
Being an English Language Learner in a mainstream classroom can be a very overwhelming experience for the student. Often, my English Language Learners need extra help when it comes to reading non-fiction articles in the class. Modifying the reading assignment is the first step, but there are times when it’s hard to modify an assignment … Continue reading Strategies for Reading Non-Fiction with ELL
Blogging Tips 101: A beginner’s guide
Blogging to me is an art form, it cannot be prescribed. There is no right or wrong formula when it comes to blogging, and that is the first step that a beginner blogger should realize to maintain its aesthetic feel of authenticity, subjectivity, and stream of consciousness. However, there are a few things that I … Continue reading Blogging Tips 101: A beginner’s guide
What Do Teachers Do After Saying Goodbye to the Classroom?
This interview was originally published on Medium's Bright: Rusul Alrubail, The Writing Project, Toronto The art of the essay Not all exits from the classroom are expected, or desired. Rusul Alrubail, 29, was an English composition and literature teacher at Toronto’s Seneca College for five years when she and her contract faculty colleagues were abruptly … Continue reading What Do Teachers Do After Saying Goodbye to the Classroom?
Ways To Help Students Develop Digital Portfolios
This post was originally published on Education Week for Larry Ferlazzo's EdWeek Teacher blog: Digital portfolios can be a very useful tool to enhance students' social and cultural learning in an English Language classroom. Teachers can use digital portfolios as a platform for students to show their work. More importantly, students can use them as … Continue reading Ways To Help Students Develop Digital Portfolios
Empowering English Language Learners with Digital Stories
My latest post is on Teaching Tolerance. Last year, I took a big risk by including blogging as part of the curriculum for my first-year college English course. Around half of my students were English language learners (ELLs), and I wasn’t sure that they would be comfortable with this medium. (Read about blogging in my … Continue reading Empowering English Language Learners with Digital Stories
Blogging and the Immigrant Experience
Here's my debut for Teaching Tolerance: Blogging and the Immigrant Experience. When I teach my adult English language learners, I often tell them my story of arriving to Canada and learning a new language at the age of 11. They feel very inspired and motivated that one day they will be able to communicate easily … Continue reading Blogging and the Immigrant Experience