Successful Group Work helps students develop important employability and life-skills with thirteen effective, easily implemented teamwork activities created by Patrice Palmer, a veteran teacher and course designer.
I worked on this book as an editor, book designer, cover designer, and publisher.
Publisher: Alphabet Publishing
Skills: content editing, editing, book design, cover design
Classroom Community Builders is a collection of flexible community-building exercises for the classroom. Community-building classroom exercises directly affect student success, especially when combined with class content. The over 70 activities in this book help your students succeed while teaching teamwork skills and increasing their understanding.
Publisher: Alphabet Publishing
Skills: Writing, Editing, Book Design, Cover Design.
On the Board is an ebook containing 200 simple and successful do-now activities. Each do-now involves writing a proverb, quotation, brain-teaser, or joke on the board and setting students to interpret, analyze, and solve the do-now. One of the top most downloaded books on Smashwords in the categories of education and brainteasers.
Thirty One Mysteries to Solve Clue by Clue is a collection of short mysteries that encourage students to talk, while also practicing critical thinking skills and close reading. Each mystery consists of a situation and 4-10 photocopiable cards.
Students read or listen to a puzzle or mystery to solve. Then they are given the first clue card. They start discussing it, sharing theories and defending their ideas. They get a second clue card. More discussion and thinking. Finally, after they have all the clues, they can try to solve the mystery!
Skills: Authoring, revising, working with a publisher’s requirements.
Hang Out is a series of fun textbooks for learners in primary school, going from level A1 to B1. I authored units for the first three books in the series. For each unit, I wrote a series of vocabulary recognition and practice activities tailored to younger students–lots of songs and chants and sticker activities and drawing. I also worked on reading comprehension activities, building basic reading skills such as recognizing organization patterns and linking sentences to paragraphs.
Each unit also featured a cartoon and lots of commissioned illustrations. One of the most fun projects I’ve worked on.
Publisher: Compass Publishing Skills:Adapting directions, readings, and dialogues to low level English speakers. Designing creative tasks that were both fun for primary school children and cognitively appropriate. Choosing illustrations that helped students comprehend the readings.
Inside Writingis an academic English textbook that teaches writing using the genre-approach to writing. Each unit required writing a model text in a different genre, from a short narrative to a PSA to a cause and effect essay, that used words from the Academic Word List, exercises to draw student attention to the features of that genre, vocabulary exercises, grammar exercises, a guided group writing exercise, and a final writing exercise for the student.
ELS is an intensive academic English language program with month-long sessions. At the end of each, students are given a final exam on the unit just studied. My role was to write vocabulary and grammar items matched to the content of each session, strictly correlated to the syllabus and textbook of each level.
Skills: Test item writing, including multiple-choice grammar and vocabulary questions, listening scripts, and reading texts.
As grammar editor, I was asked by Macmillan to review the grammar lessons and exercises of the second edition of Mastermind, levels 1 and 2.
My task was to go through every grammar lesson and exercise in the Student Books and Work Books to check for clarity of explanations and use of sample texts to illustrate the grammar point. I also looked for consistency between explanations and exercises and from exercise to exercise.
I was hired by the ELTJam team to work on a project for Reallyenglish and New Horizons language schools. The assignment involved creating a series of speaking lesson plans to review grammar and vocabulary lessons students would do online as self-study via Adobe Connect, as well as a series of complementary face-to-face lessons. I created or curated all visual content and handouts, as well as writing extensive teacher’s notes to guide instructors in teaching the lesson with a minimum of preparation.
Skills: Writing scripted lesson plans, writing for online delivery as well as face-to-face modules, creating PowerPoint slides, writing handouts and printables, creating teacher notes, finding artwork