November 14, 2018

One of the best tools I use for vocabulary development when teaching English as a second language are picture books. This includes older children! 

Picture books, like all books, enrich vocabulary. More than television or listening to speech. One reason is that books ar...

October 31, 2018

Last week I shared the baseball game I used to review a lesson in my class. You can also create a treasure hunt to review a topic.  

A treasure hunt can be held anywhere, depending on the amount of space you have - the whole school, your classroom or the outdoors....

October 24, 2018

I want to share a really fun lesson plan I used a few weeks ago. This was my opening class for a multi-level classroom. I have fluent native English speakers along with weak English speakers and one high level Hebrew speaking student. Every lesson is a challenge, but t...

October 17, 2018

About a month ago we shared a fascinating article with you about how teachers are not being trained to teach reading!

The article rightly points out that all the brain research that has been done regarding reading too often does not match up to how teachers are taught t...

July 25, 2018

Some children - people - enjoy mysteries and figuring out the whodunit part. Others enjoy the thrill of it. Here are the most popular Mystery series I know:

1) A-Z Mysteries - 26 early chapter books of three quirky friends solving mysteries in the alphabetical order....

July 18, 2018

What is the difference between slang and idioms?

Yael

Dear Yael,

It is true that in many ways slang and idioms are similar. Both are expressions that reveal an awareness of the nuances in a language. They make you understood better, conveying a feeling to the listener tha...

July 12, 2018

Last week you mentioned reading newspapers as precursors to professional articles. Could you expand some more on the value of reading professional articles?

Sure!

Professional articles are articles with information regarding ones fields of interest, studies or profession...

July 5, 2018

The other day we got a phone call from a newspaper company trying to sell us a subscription. In my childhood home, I remember my parents enjoying the thick stack of papers full of news when it came and we would sometimes read it too. Nowadays newspapers are on their wa...