Friday, November 14, 2008

New Print- Raven

I've decided to start offering this one as a print. It's one of my favorites.

Teaching Adult ESL

Even if I'm going into the class feeling tired or depressed or unwell or distracted, I come out feeling revived and accomplished.

Teaching ESL to adults is real teaching. You have students who are- the all important word here- MOTIVATED. They have a driving need to learn- it's called survival. And it's not just the language you're teaching- it's the culture and community, it's really the whole person you're addressing so the class becomes tightknit and like family.

And there's no grades. The most I've ever had to do is decide pass or repeat a level. Tests are given at certain points and that's it. I've taught in all different programs too- Adult ed, private international schools, private tutoring, college programs... never any grades.

I love the freedom. So many resources and approaches to teaching ESL. Grammar books, games, computers, realia,....I've compiled tons of material to use. I can be as creative as I want- as long as they are learning.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Why do I get several watchers on an item but no bids? Aargh, so frustrating to think someone will bid and then, nothing.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Abstract Art

Maybe I should just stick to doing abstracts. Keep focused on something! I feel my art is all over the place and I'm not improving.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Goodnight Moon

I was reading this fine book to my little cousin the other night. One of my favorites. What is it about it that gives the warm fuzzies? The simplicity, the repetition, the cozy little house.
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