To be touched by manifold whys

“In fact, a deed, a gesture of rage or love, a poem, a painting, a song, a book are always wrapped in thick wrappers. They have been touched by manifold whys.” - Paulo Freire Your delight and joy has taken root within my body. Yet, we are blessed with the ability to nurture thoughts and feelings, … Continue reading To be touched by manifold whys

Functional Grammar and Writing Workshop: A Hybrid Approach to Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners

I suggest that students must be taught the codes needed to participate fully in the mainstream of American life, not by being forced to attend to hollow, inane, decontextualised sub-skills, but rather within the context of meaningful communicative endeavours; that they must be allowed the resource of the teacher’s expert knowledge, while being helped to … Continue reading Functional Grammar and Writing Workshop: A Hybrid Approach to Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners

What I learned about teaching from my favourite teacher

Today I gave my grades 3/4/5/6 beginner English Language Learners an assessment and, as I often do when I give an assessment, I was thinking about my favourite teacher. My favourite teacher was my university Arabic professor. Her name was Ghada. She was a Palestinian woman from Jerusalem. It was really difficult learning a new … Continue reading What I learned about teaching from my favourite teacher