Every book I read in 2017

Here it is, the second installment of theĀ annual "every book I read this year" list! I read 32 books in 2017, if you count graphic novels, which is more than twice as many as I read in 2016! I'm pleased. Anyway. The rules here are: Books I finished are in bold. Books I skimmed or … Continue reading Every book I read in 2017

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Hey Debate Teachers? We Can Do Better. (Post-CELTA Ideas and Reflections)

Background I recently got my CELTA, the gold standard for entry-level certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language. It was a super intense month of teaching practice, lesson planning, grammar analysis, and teaching theory. I learned a whole lot about teaching, communication, and the English language. I also realized dozens of ways I could … Continue reading Hey Debate Teachers? We Can Do Better. (Post-CELTA Ideas and Reflections)

CSS (Comparative/Superlative Slaps): A High-Energy Elementary ESL Game

This is a high-energy game that gets students to use comparative and superlatives. I've only played it once, with a CELTA teaching practice group, but they had a blast with it. If you're confused or have questions, leave a comment and I'll do my best to clarify. Making the game: Create a list of 5-10 … Continue reading CSS (Comparative/Superlative Slaps): A High-Energy Elementary ESL Game

So you’re a lady who wants to swordfight

Maybe you just saw Wonder Woman. Maybe your recent Lord of the Rings marathon has rekindled your interest in chopping things up with large swords. Maybe you fenced in middle school and would like to reintroduce recreationally stabbing people back into your suburban life. But where do you start? Is what you see on the … Continue reading So you’re a lady who wants to swordfight

Reflections on Reading and Writing the Landscape

Note: "Reading and Writing The Landscape" was a 6 credit class I took through the UNM Honors College in the Spring and Summer of 2016. What follows is the paper I presented at the 2017 Western Regional Honors Conference with Amaris, who taught this class, and Jesse, who took the class along with me. Note … Continue reading Reflections on Reading and Writing the Landscape