Our Advent Calendar


My students this semester are all Christian, celebrate Christmas, and want to learn more about how Christmas is celebrated in the United States. This calendar gives me the opportunity to share with them many cultural icons and traditions, also facilitating conversation. The website I used, AdventMyFriend, makes it easy to fill each date with your choice of “gifts,” and gives you some hints as to what you can do to personalize it for your friends, family, or students!

Click on the link to access my calendar, and then click on the dates as the month progresses. https://adventmyfriend.com/20138/62c2a98120/?embed I hope you enjoy it.

Merry Christmas to all!

The Human Body

Body Parts Pic.pngHere is a Nearpod presentation with audio and interactive activities to help your beginning-level ESL students learn the basic parts of human body. It requires minimal computer experience and will give the students practice using a computer mouse, mouse pad, or tablet/iPad. I suggest that this lesson be presented by the teacher first to demonstrate how to advance the slides, use the audio, and complete the interactive activities, and then assigned to the students to use either individually or in pairs as a study tool.

For additional fun practice on the parts of the human body, play this Jeopardy game with your students.

Many thanks to the producer of the Body-Parts presentation and English 101.c0m for the Jeopardy game.




Wisdom from Mr. Rogers

Mr. Rogers

“Often, when you think you are at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else,” Mister Rogers.

I’m so glad he was in my neighborhood.

Today’s Terrific Tweet: Seven Blunders of the World

1.  Wealth without work

2.    Pleasure without conscience

3.  Knowledge without character

4.  Commerce without morality

5.  Science without humanity

6.    Worship without sacrifice

7.  Politics without principle

—Mahatma Gandhi

* Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, India. He led India’s movement for independence from British rule and is one of the most respected spiritual and political leaders of the 20th century. In 1948 he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic who opposed his tolerance for all creeds and religions. Gandhi is honoured by his people as the father of the Indian nation and is called ‘Mahatma’, which means Great Soul.

Great conversation prompts for small groups and/or writing prompts for advanced students. Thank you to http://www.doctorhugo.org/gandhi.html and to @gcouros for bringing this to my attention.

it to my attention on Twitter.