An effective and fun way to teach English to English language learners is through popular songs. Students are usually highly motivated to learn the lyrics of songs they recognize and like.
As a parent, you are in a highly strategic position to help your child be a better reader. Here are 10 strategies you can use at home and in your everyday interactions with your child to help him read and enjoy reading.
What should you take with you on your medical interpreter assignments? Be fully prepared with these essentials.
Is multitasking an effective time management srategy? Is it good or bad for your brain? What does research say?
One of the greatest gifts we can give our students is to instill in them a strong sense of confidence. In doing this, we enable them to be higher achievers. Confidence breeds success.
The transition from elementary school to middle school can be overwhelming for many students. Here are specific organization strategies to help middle school students be successful.
Writing is painful for many students. Some of the most reluctant writers are English language learners. This approach to using photograph prompts has radically changed my ELL students’ attitude towards writing.
Lack of vocabulary holds English language learners back. Here are 6 effective and easy strategies to enable English language students to leave our classroom with an enriched vocabulary bank every day.
With teacher performance pay, teacher salaries are greatly infuenced by students' standardized test scores. Here are 10 reasons teacher merit pay is ineffective in public education.
Minimizing and simplifying result in increased peace and reduced stress. Here are some easy ways to simplify and minimize.
Most people don’t want to be alone for the holidays. Here are some thoughtful ways you can reach out to people you know or suspect will spend the holidays alone.
Limited vocabulary is one of the greatest obstacles English language learners face when they read. Teaching vocabulary must be intentional and is most effective when essential vocabulary is pre-taught.
With ongoing state budget cuts in public education across the U.S., more school districts are utilizing floating teachers. How should adminstrators decide which teachers will be floaters in their school?
Being a floating teacher can be very challenging. This article is based on my experiences as a floating teacher and offers suggestions on how administrators can better equip floaters for success.
Whether you teach in one or several content areas, lesson plans matter. The quality of your lesson plans will in great part determine how efficiently class time is used and how much content your students learn.
Here are 10 simple and effective strategies to help English language learners of all ages succeed in your classroom.
What drives the workplace bully to harass his coworkers? How does he do it? Why does he get away with it? Here’s an inside look at what’s going on with this highly dysfunctional office scenario.
Wondering what it’s like to work for language agencies as an on-site freelance medical interpreter? Here's an inside look, based on my own experiences as an independent contractor.
Here are 8 tips to freelance medical interpreters who are applying to language agencies for work, including some pitfalls to avoid in the process.
Your rates should take into account many factors, including your experience, training, education, as well as your time and traveling expenses.
The medical interpreter career field is growing rapidly. This article is an introduction to the medical interpreter profession. It answers basic questions about credentials, training, and national certification.
The year 2015 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the timeless classic, The Sound of Music. This article explores the values embodied in this beloved film that contribute to its epic popularity.
In the midst of all the holiday glitter and frenzy, I easily forget what Christmas really celebrates. Here's a poem I wrote to express this.
Every day we cross paths with people who are beaten down and discouraged. Here are some specific ways we can use words to encourage people we encounter on a regular or sporadic basis.
If you are a frustrated artist who has not practiced his craft for a long time, here are some practical steps you can take to begin to rekindle and pursue your artistic passion.
Many of us have been the recipients of others' acts of thoughtfulness. Beyond simply feeling thankful to those who think of us, it's important to let them know that we appreciate them.
There are key elements to watch for during the interview and pointed questions we can ask to help us determine if the job we're interviewing for is a job we really want.
What characteristics should you look for in a good doctor? How can you find a good medical provider?
By observing the characteristics of successful people, we can follow their lead to help us achieve our own goals and dreams.
Here are 7 tips that helped me prepare for and pass the 12 mini-scenarios portion of the NBCMI Oral Exam and obtain my national medical interpreter certification.
On the surface, perfectionism appears to be a noble pursuit. But here's how being a perfectionist works against you, along with steps you can take to break free from it.
Working as an on-site freelance medical interpreter can be highly stressful. Here are 7 ways to keep your stress at bay so you can be at your best on the job.
These tips have drawn more buyers to my posts and helped sell my items on Craigslist more quickly.