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This is a website devoted to bringing a ray of hope and light into the hearts of Developmental English teachers, as well as their long-suffering students. Although aimed specifically at Developmental English teachers, this site also contains resources for Adult Basic Skills tutors and their students, including resources pertaining to learning problems. I have tried to include items which would be of interest to Teaching Assistants working on their own degrees, tutors working with students who need help with the very basics of English, and teachers already in the field who are looking for new ideas or resources.



I have been both a Developmental English teacher and a Literacy volunteer, and so I can truly empathize with the problems these saintly teachers bear on a daily basis. I remember being completely scared stiff before I was about to teach my first class. I had no background in teaching, and while I felt confident about my knowledge of English, I was not so confident in my ability to teach that knowledge to another. I would have loved to have had a resource such as this to help me through that first semester of teaching.


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What I am reading at the minute: 
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman  

In Memoriam: Robert Asprin (1946-2008) On May 22, 2008, Bob passed away quietly in his home in New Orleans, LA. He had been in good spirits and working on several new projects, and was set to be the Guest of Honor at a major science fiction convention that very weekend. He is survived by his mother, his sister, his daughter and his son, and his cat, Princess, not to mention countless friends and fans and numerous legendary fictional characters. He will be greatly missed. (http://www.mythadventures.net/)

Sherrilyn Kenyon's new one telling Acheron's story was amazing -- possibly her best. How will she ever top it???

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DYSLEXIC STUDENTS
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I am a graduate student in juvenile justice, currently working on my thesis.  If anyone out there would like to help by answering a few questions, please feel free.

I am researching dyslexic students and their feelings about school, family, friends and their disability. 

Even if you are out of school, you can tell about your school experiences in the past.

 

Full Name:
E-Mail Address:
1) Please give me as much personal information as you feel comfortable, ie: your age, grade in school, gender, race /ethnic group.
2) Tell me about your feelings in school. How do your teachers treat you? What are your grades like? Do you get in trouble much? If so, why? What kind of trouble?
3) How does your family feel about your school performance?
4) How many friends do you have and how do they feel about your dyslexia?
5) Would you change anything about yourself if you could? Would you change anything about others?
6) Are you involved in activities outside school? What? If not, why?
  

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Check out the Quotables page. Wish I'd said that!

You can access my teaching philosophy here.

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To find out what's happening at home, see:
 
 

Ulster Television

 

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Best of wishes to Alex the Gr8 and the Capitals --- will this be the year they snag the Cup?

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