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Today Aziza was very hung up on the difference between “no” and “know,” as she was trying to hear the difference in pronunciation. After assuring her that there wasn’t any, she looked at me and asked why we would have a different word sound exactly the same. I had no answer for her.
What exactly is "Blog Guilt" and do I have it? Does "Blog Guilt" show up in all those meaningless blog posts that people make about why they aren't blogging? Is it when I don't blog because I don't know if blogging falls under the grant that I work under? Am I misappropriating tax dollars if I'm blogging on work time--and is worrying about that question a sign of Blog Guilt?
An excellent way to incorporate past tense verbs.
This week we talked about childhood using the grid activity to practice past tense. One question explored the rules parents had for the learners when they were children. I think everyone in the classroom was surprised to discover that in spite of cultural differences, more familial rules were similar than different; they seemed to have a universal quality.
At first I doubted if it would be a topic that would fill up the entire class time, but I was definitely wrong!
The new self-study resources are under development as part of the Learner Web project. Once that project is complete, the goal is to have LW released as open-source learning management software, focused on delivering self-access, self-paced learner-directed resources rather than semester-based, instructor-led online courses.
Metro North has a partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Simply Good Eating program. Every month, a dynamic representative comes to class to teach about an aspect of nutrition. It is always interactive, with fake food, real store ads to examine, food containers, food related prizes to take home and a snack at the end.
We began an ongoing activity in class today that simultaneously focuses on grammar points, discussing certain topics and following concrete directions. Today’s topic was the weather.
The image of one of our students working so diligently to understand the declarations of our new president really made me appreciate the respect she has for her new country. While not abandoning her own culture and language, Aziza strives to be engaged and informed to positively contribute to her community. I’ve had that same experience with most of the students I’ve worked with, which I think contradicts many stereotypes people have about immigrants and refugees.
Tips and tricks for teachers and students who want to use YouTube videos as learning resources, while we wait for our schools' policies to catch up to 21st century realities.

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