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Moving time!

As a teacher, August is always one of my favorite months. There is so much promise & potential that comes with developing hopes and dreams for a new group of students (without yet having to contend with the mountain of phone calls, paper work, and logistics of the first month of school!). Although I’m thrilled […]

Music for Alice: a book in the key of life

Since I teach ESL to adults, I have to consider how I can convey some empathy for what my students have experienced, while also risking that some of the material I present may overwhelm them. Since I can never completely know all my students have been through — once a student burst into tears in […]

Review of The Arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan; illus. by the author Middle School, High School     Levine/Scholastic     128 pp. 10/07      978-0-439-89529-3      $19.99 From a bleak, sunless city haunted by the threat of scaled and serpentine monsters, a man sets forth to seek a new life in a new land, leaving his wife and daughter behind. His steamship voyage […]