I always enjoy being part of this newsletter and seeing the insightful writings of students and professionals around the state! Keep up the great work!
Ana, you have been a strong supporter of The English Pub for several years now. I appreciate your encouragement. This issue, in particular, we couldn't have done it without you! Many thanks.
Grover, I admire your honesty in success and failures. I can't imagine what students are experiencing now. I know when I was in school the most important resource I had was my instructor. Its refreshing to know that as crazy as it has gotten, you are standing up in a humanistic manner and trying hard to connect and keep the learning avenues open to your students.
I have heard from several students that they are not so lucky. Instructors are shutting down and limiting access to the voice of communication to a point of student failure. Bravo Grover!!!!
Thanks for the support. It is not easy being a teacher today, but if it was easy it wouldn’t pay.😁 I just keep in mind that my kids deserve the best, bit they got me, so I have to try really hard. Thank you for reading.
Kay, I very much enjoyed reading the article about your experience participating in the online Echoes & Reflections course that focused on teaching and learning about the Holocaust. Your writing is friendly, personable, and relatable. I also appreciated all the helpful links. I hope your students will benefit from the knowledge and insights you gained in the course. I wish you all the best! - Sherry
Sherry Bard, Dr. Walter has shared so much information that she obtained in taking your course, I shared my interest in also taking some of your courses. I was very intrigued by all that she shared with me and it was obviously very informative for her because she speaks of it often
I am humbled by your compliments to my writing.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me and with the other students in our course. I believe all English and Language Arts teachers can gain insights for their classroom from such a learning experience I enjoyed. I'll look forward to meeting you again in a future webcast!
Grover seems to be a dedicated teacher. I am sure his students will learn from him and have respect for him for his effort to keep them learning. it was a good article.
Thank you for your comments. I try to be a good teacher but there are many days when you feel ineffective.
Wonderful edition, Kay! I enjoyed it all immensely!
Dixie, I'm so pleased you like it! Under the circumstances, it seemed like a Herculean task, but we managed it in the end. We've applied for the Affiliate Newsletter of Excellence Award, so cross your fingers and help us hope!
I enjoyed reading your insightful observations on bilingual education.
Bilingual education is a very important tool not only to help ESL students learn the English language, but also is a tool to build self confidence and self understanding, as ESL students navigate the difficult task of social acceptance in our country.
Profesora Bacon, thank you for including this topic. You are so right. Bilingual education is so important for many reasons including the mental and emotional well-being of ESL students. Confidence and self-understanding creates a foundation for students to succeed despite the many difficulties they face such as social acceptance.
Grover Welch wrote a great article on how children need emotional support more than ever. Especially for children in rough family situations a teacher’s outreach can be crucial.
Thank you, I.am very happy you enjoyed it.
What a neat newsletter. I enjoyed reading about how you still stayed so involved with you students through this struggle. I have heard of so many teachers just giving up. I know it has been a tough time for everyone. Great job!
Thank you for the kind words and welcome to our newsletter! Arkansas ELA teachers work very hard to build literacy skills in our students and our communities, and I believe our successes are worthy of celebration. We are busy growing students into thoughtful global citizens who are well able to take charge of our future and articulate their visions with a kindness and humanity which will build their efforts into reality. I know I speak for all of us when I champion our young scholars and vow that in the face of a viral pandemic, we see that the challenges are even greater but we will step up.
Your own teacher, too, is part of this effort. The contributions she writes for this newsletter are welcome words that enrich the meeting place of our ideas.
We hope you'll visit our website again soon, and keep reading and writing. We are depending on people like you!
Absolutely loved the first article “I’ve got the touch” by Grover Welch. It is so amazing and touching when you can actually see teachers with a passion and love when they engage with their students. Not just in the classroom but even when unexpected situations arise. The compassion you have for those children I’m sure does not get forgotten about because everyone needs to feel loved, cared about, and supported. And you definitely do a great job portraying that.
Thank you for the great feedback. I am glad you enjoyed it.
Disfruté el artículo de Ana Rodríguez-Mesa, que trata de la educación bilingüe. Son buenos nuestros programas de inglés como segunda lengua, pero además es importante que los estudiantes de familias hispanas tomen cursos de español, ya que su experiencia con castellano es familiar y conversacional. Dichos alumnos típicamente tienen lagunas ante la lectura y la redacción, porque no asisten a las escuelas hispanas. Asimismo, estos estudiantes beneficiarían de competir en los concursos de español.
Tiene tanta razón. Beneficié enormemente de mis estudios en español. Aprendí mucho sobre la gramática y la literatura. Hay gran diferencia entre el español conversacional y un conocimiento más profundo de la lengua. Ciertamente, reconozco que yo misma no sé tanto como debería sobre mi lengua materna tanto como el inglés solamente porque no he tenido la misma exposición.