Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer and ESL and Gen Ed Collaboration!

During the school year, when I thought about this month of June, I assumed I'd be so productive: I'd blog twice a week, work on new products for TPT every day, plan my classroom set up and make materials for the first month of school. Instead...


Oh well. Instead, I've gone to visit family, spent time at the pool, gone to concerts and parties and watched movies and spent good time with people I love. And now I'm getting ready to head on an extravagant three week vacation, where I'll get to see... (first person to name all of these locations in the comments gets a free download from my TPT store of your choosing!)

Should be quite the adventure! While I'm gone, I'll have some guests on the blog sharing about how ESL and classroom teachers can better support one another and collaborate well together. I'll be throwing my two cents into the ring on the topic as well at some point, so keep an eye on this space.

How are you enjoying your summer?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Lovin!

Sorry for my absence this past few weeks... I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted! I haven't been totally silent, though. I've still been fairly active on twitter and I've had the opportunity to guest post on a few blogs, including HoJo's Teaching Adventures, where I shared about using sentence frames with ELLs and CounselorUp, where I shared about working with refugee students! If you haven't checked out their sites yet, you should.

Once I made it through the craziness that was the end of the school year (why do we always pack so many events into May?!), I had the additional project of packing up my entire classroom and moving it into my not-so-large apartment because I decided to move schools for next year!

This is what my living room looks like now. And no, that's not all of it.
I'll be teaching a SIFE class at a middle school much closer to my house. I'm still getting used to the idea of a middle school (and would appreciate any suggestions or pointers anyone has!), but I'm so excited about the new opportunity. 

Meanwhile, I've been enjoying a pretty laid back week, resting and cooking and cleaning. I'm planning on working on some new TPT products geared towards the classroom I'll have next year, so keep an eye out for that!