You read it right, folks! This is our last post of the year. As many of you know from reading our previous posts or following us on Facebook, we are moving our office and in December and January. We will be super busy situating ourselves in our new home AND working on all our holiday/end of the year projects such as new pages to our website, new guides, and some free giveaways. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to get real time alerts of when these things occur. So... yes, this will be our last post of 2013. You can expect us back full force with our weekly Saturday posts in February.
Onto today's post with some really good stuff to share- for both counselors and ESL'ers! Just click on the blue lettering links and we'll take you right to an article, resource, or product you can use. In my last ESL lesson, I tried out a new game called "Guess It!" which is an activity from the book ESL for Beginners Volume Two. This activity is like an ESL version of Charades and my students loved it! In fact, they got so into it, that the activity took over the entire class period and I had to reschedule all the other English activities I had planned for that class. It would have been easy to cut the activity short, giving each student one turn... but they were just having so much fun and getting such awesome practice with the present continuous verb tense that we all played on and on.
In other news, here is a fab article for new ESL teachers from Busyteacher.org. I wish I'd had this when I started teaching ESL back in early 2000 in Mozambique! My own favorite is number two, and I am trying out number five myself this week- I never even thought of having students use all five senses in English language learning- great idea!
And for counseling, I thought I'd leave you all with two great articles on advocacy to wrap up 2013. It is such an important part of our profession and I never realized how much I'd have to advocate for my position, my profession, and myself. But, it is what it is...so here's something to help you out: an article that's great to present at staff meetings any time of year to win over teachers AND an article to share with your administration so they can support you at best practice counseling per national standards. At my school, we presented the first article at our beginning of year staff meeting and it went over smashingly (for those teachers that were still awake after a full day of meetings since school counselors got the last 20 minute block of the day). As for the second article, it is on my list of things to present to my own admin over Winter Break when we all have a moment to breathe and read more than just the parent/student/supervisor memos that are right in front of us!
And, now, a final 2013 thought to leave you with...good for both counselors and ESL'ers...
And PS- The shack in the pic above is NOT our new office...just a funny photo. Here's an actual photo of our office-in-progress:
Happy Holidays and see ya'll back here in February! And in the meantime, don't be a stranger- look for our daily alerts on our Bilingual Learner Facebook Page, our Twitter Page, or our Pinterest Page. We'll be posting brief comments about our Facebook Follower Free-Product-of-Your-Choice Giveaway, our new sessions and teaching guides, and our newest fav resources/reviews added to our website. See ya on the flip side!
That's all, Folks!