About & Contacts
I’ve taught English in the South Pacific, Central Asia, and Coastal Connecticut. I have taught everything from Business English for Russian oil executives to Academic English for Afghani high school students. I particularly enjoy discussion lessons, student led activities, and teaching grammar for communication and not as a set of dry rules! I currently do free lance materials writing and work as a part-time nanny/live-in chef to my son. And of course, I blog, fix up our new house, buy stuff online, and make up silly songs. At the moment, I am eagerly anticipating the publication of my first textbook!
About the Site
This site is mainly where I share my lesson plans and activity ideas to try to help other teachers. I also write about teaching issues and stuff I’m thinking about or reading. Feel free to use anything here, but just don’t put them up on your site or pass them off as your own, please. If you have a lesson plan or a resource you want to share, let me know and I’ll put it up or link to it, with full credit given.
For plug-ins I use: Akismet, a spam buster; All in One SEO Pack for keyword and title generation; Broken Link Checker to find broken links (duh!); Do Follow so leave lots of comments; Google Analytics for WordPress to track visitors and site stats; Google XML Sitemaps to help search engines index my page better; Subscribe to Comments so commenters can subscribe…to…comments; WP-PostViews from the maker of Arthemia theme, see the footer for the Most Viewed Posts widget; Yet Another Related Posts Plugin very customizable related-posts link generator; Custom Post Types UI to generate custom post types; Query Multiple Taxonomies to create the nice search widget in the sidebar; Redirection to send people to the right page when I change a post URL; Twitter Tools to generate posts from Tweets and Tweets from posts; WP-DB Manager to manage the database better; Smush It which condenses images to save memory; Super Cache which caches my site pages so that people can load them faster.
Icons are from Icons Etc which is really the best icon source on the web!
Everything else is either Arthemia or WordPress widgets. If you have a specific question about the blog theme or anything else, drop me a line!