A thorough review of Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 liquid Hemp Peppermint Pure Castile Soap. I tested the soap by using it to wash my skin, hair, clothing, and dishes. I include ingredients and recommended soap-to-water ratios as listed on the bottle.
Keep it simple but keep it real. Here are six super easy, nutritious and tasty meals with few ingredients. Most can be made in ten minutes or less time.
Analyzing music is an effective and fun way to teach English vocabulary, idioms, and figurative language! English language learners are usually highly motivated to learn the lyrics of music they recognize and like.
As a parent, you are in a strategic position to help your child be a better reader. Here are simple strategies you can use at home and in your everyday interactions with your child to boost literacy.
What should you take with you on your medical interpreter assignments? Be fully prepared with these essentials.
Contrary to popular opinion, research shows that multitasking is not an effective time management strategy and is bad for your health. Here are 7 negative effects of multitasking.
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. Here are 10 simple strategies you can use in the classroom to boost your students' confidence.
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 10 effective and easy strategies to enable ELLs to leave your classroom with an enriched vocabulary bank every day.
I taught for several years in a school district that utilized teacher performance pay. Here are 10 good reasons why teacher merit pay is ineffective in public education.
Minimizing and simplifying have given me the freedom to devote more time and energy to more meaningful pursuits, such as engaging in hobbies and activities I enjoy and spending real time with friends and family. Added benefits have been reduced living expenses and a significant decrease in stress.
Most people don’t want to be alone for the holidays. Here are some thoughtful ways you can reach out to someone you know or suspect will spend the holidays alone.
Pre-teaching key vocabulary from text helps English language learners understand the content they read. Here are 8 strategies I use to front-load essential vocabulary to my students.
With ongoing state budget cuts in public education across the U.S., more school districts are utilizing floating teachers. How should administrators decide which teachers will be floaters?
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 15 effective strategies I use to help my English language learners in class. These strategies can be used to support ELLs in all content-area classes and across all grade levels.
What drives the workplace bully to harass his coworkers? How does he do it and 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 eight tips for 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 2020 marked the fifty-fifth 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 them.
If you are a frustrated artist and have not practiced your craft for a long time, here are some practical steps you can take to begin rekindling and pursuing 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.
Here 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 qualities should you look for in a good doctor? How can you find a good medical provider?
Successful people share certain qualities. In this article, I outline 10 characteristics that successful people—those who live a fulfilling life with a clear sense of purpose—all seem to have in common.
Here are 7 tips that helped me prepare for the 12 mini-scenarios portion of the NBCMI Oral Exam and obtain my national medical interpreter certification.
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 your best on the job.
These tips have drawn more buyers to my posts and helped sell my items on Craigslist more quickly.