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10 Essential Items for a Trip to the Galapagos Islands

While studying abroad in Ecuador, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands! The Galapagos Islands are one of Ecuador’s many beautiful places to visit, and what’s not to love? This archipelago of tiny volcanic islands is located 1000 km (about 600 miles) off of the Pacific coast of Ecuador. It’s completely surrounded by some of the clearest, most beautiful water in the Pacific Ocean, and each island is home to a diverse population of plants and…

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Teacher Thoughts: Why Underclass Children No Longer Have Permission to Fail

Since the beginning of schooling, students have been classified and recognized by their social-class status. Children of underclass statuses, whether by region, race, dialect, or color, have been, and in some cases still are, allowed to fail school. There is a known pattern with children of poverty: they do not learn to read and write, just as their parents and grandparents before them failed to learn as well. Some would argue that this pattern, however, is not due to heredity,…

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Mantras for the New Year

“Learn Grow Teach Go” is somewhat of a life mantra for me, which is why, after launching my site this year, I’ve noticed some wonderful changes about myself. Each time I write a post for “Learn Grow Teach Go” I pause or emphasize a new word in the mantra. When I think of the word “learn,” I ask myself what I have been learning lately that I can share with others. Similarly, “grow” challenges me to keep growing as a…

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A Weekend for Two in Mindo, Ecuador for Less Than $100!

Ecuador is a magical place. From it’s capital, Quito, you can visit pretty much any part of the country in just a day-trip or small weekend excursion via bus. The country has so much rich culture to offer, and the views aren’t half bad either. 😉 From one coast to another, Ecuador is made up of beaches, mountains, and jungles. The hands-down BEST weekend excursion opportunity from Quito is to travel 1.5 hours South to Mindo. Mindo is a quiet…

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20 Pics that Will Make You Want to Travel to Ecuador with Your Best Friend

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was to study abroad for a semester in college. When I signed up to go, there was only one other Spanish major who planned to study abroad in Ecuador that same semester. I didn’t know her well at the time, but, when you travel the world with someone, you quickly become very close. Randi is now one of my dearest friends, and our adventures together in Ecuador were top-notch. Ecuador is a…

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Teacher Thoughts: Making Literature Relevant to Underachieving Students

A hot topic in chapter three of Adolescent Literacy (Beers, et. al) is the definition of “reading.” Today’s adolescents are “Digital Natives,” meaning they have grown up in the age of technology and are accustomed to the language it requires. Yet, with the increase in digital resources, there have been more restrictions on what qualifies as “reading” in the classroom. Underachieving adolescents, however, do not typically show interest in these old-fashioned forms of reading. In my own schooling experience, for…

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Teacher Thoughts: Teaching Writing by Being an Active Writer

Teaching writing is arguably one of the toughest part of secondary English education today. In a world where teenagers type their thoughts, feelings, and stories in 140 characters or fewer, writing pages on pages of research essays or narratives seems like a daunting task to teach, not to mention the decreasing knowledge of grammatical conventions that students are carrying into high school. To fight this battle, secondary educators must understand that they cannot effectively teach writing without showing their students…

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Teacher Thoughts: Preparing Students for Workplace Skills

Literacy has an ever-changing definition. The skills required to be literate change with the times, and in today’s world, the skills required to be literate in the workplace are rapidly changing. Simultaneously, the demand for such skills is increasing. Students must be taught how to be successful in the workplace, and they can be taught these skills in their Language Arts classes, as shown in chapter ten of Adolescent Literacy (Beers, et. al). I’ve enjoyed reading through this book and…

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Teacher Thoughts: Defining Progress

After reading the first chapter of Adolescent Literacy by Kylene Beers, Bob Probst, and Linda Rief, I have been awakened to the flaws in today’s educational philosophies. The most recent and current educational reforms have been centered on measuring progress through standardized testing. The definition of progress in education, however, varies tremendously from most other definitions of progress in life. …

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2017 Liebster Award Nomination

I’ve been blogging for about two months now, and, while some days are full of amazing accomplishments, many other days are filled with an overwhelming sense of inferiority and hopelessness. It’s one of those “the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know” situations. With another full-time job, it’s hard to find the extra time and motivation to devote to learning more about the blogging world. Being nominated for the Liebster Award 2017 was just the…

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