Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash It was the second quarter of the 2006-2007 school year. I was about to start my second student teaching experience at Moline High School in Moline Illinois. As I reflect on those years, I've recognize now that always been intrigued with language and culture, mainly because of my own journey… Continue reading The relationships between cooperative learning and oracy development for Language Learners
A few days ago, my wife Amanda and I discussed the power of having a positive mindset, the impact on our life and the importance to nurture and maintain a positive attitude. Everyone experiences setbacks in life and when that happens is hard to keep a positive outlook. Things can look gloomy and dark for… Continue reading A Positive Mindset: The Superpower to Personal and Professional Improvement
I was a junior in High school when I was no longer identified as an English Learner. My ESL class that was no longer needed opened up a spot in my schedule. “You can take an elective class” my counselor said. After a quick review of the available courses, I opted for creative writing with… Continue reading A Value Worth Celebrating: Bilingualism Through Fair and Equitable Programing
Long are the days from when I was a middle school newcomer and my goal as a student was to learn English, graduate from the bilingual program and assimilate to a new culture. As a parent of emerging bilingual kids, I’m thankful to all the teachers and leaders who embrace the dual language movement.
A few days ago, I participated in a twitter chat where the topic discussed was “Inner Strength”. The first questions of the conversation were simple yet powerful reflection prompts that motivated me to write this post. The moderators asked, “What is inner strength?” And “ How can inner strength help you in your life?” This… Continue reading What is Inner Strength? & What can it do for our life?