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  • I don’t know about you, but one thing I like to do in the summer is clean out and straighten up. It’s a time to recycle all those papers and forms you know longer need and put everything back in its pla

  • Dr. Mooney wrote a new post 3 years ago

    At some point during the summer, most teachers begin to think about the next school year. They consider a different organizational setup for their classroom or their daily schedule. They look for new, more

  • Dr. Mooney wrote a new post 3 years ago

    Today marks the middle of June.

    You may have been out of school close to month already, or your last day is later on this week. Regardless of how much summer break you have left, it is important to use

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    Dear Dr. Mooney, Our school year wrapped up just a week ago, but I’m already thinking about August. Isn’t that crazy?!  Don’t get me wrong. I definitely need a break, particularly with as challenging a year

  • Dr. Mooney wrote a new post 3 years ago

    Many teachers strive to construct lessons that follow the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model developed by Jane Echevarría, MaryEllen Vogt, and Deborah Short. As the name suggests, it was

  • Dr. Mooney wrote a new post 3 years, 1 month ago

    Immigrants have lately been in the news cycle once again, particularly those at the southern U.S. border. But, as you know, one problem with any news source is that they don’t always tell the whole s

  • Dr. Mooney wrote a new post 3 years, 1 month ago

    English is such a crazy language!

    Have you ever heard someone say that? 

    Perhaps you’ve even thought it yourself when a student asked you why “said” isn’t spelled “sed” or why the first letter of “k

  • Dr. Mooney wrote a new post 3 years, 1 month ago

    Last fall, we discussed five important aspects of culture, specifically those that are often invisible. It’s easy to see how people from various cultural backgrounds may behave differently, but it’s more dif

  • Dr. Mooney wrote a new post 3 years, 1 month ago

    Two years ago this week, the Dear Dr. Mooney community was launched. Now that’s worth celebrating!

    But here’s another:  Dr. Mooney published her 100th article last week as well.

    No other achi

  • Dr. Mooney wrote a new post 3 years, 1 month ago

    Whether you’re new to your role as an educator, or you have been in the classroom for a long time, we all need to reflect on our practice. What’s the purpose of reflecting, and how can we make sure it is use

  • Let’s take this single article and accomplish two goals together. How about it?

    First, many of you asked for infographics to further explain concepts related to English Learners. It’s a fair request, and I

  • Because you are a member of the Dear Dr. Mooney community, you know I took a break in March. Like was probably true for many of you, the rest was a long time in coming. But the time off was well worth

  • Did you take some time off – or will you – for Spring Break?  

    I hope you did. Everybody needs a break from time to time.

    That is exactly what is happening here at Dear Dr. Mooney for the next few

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    In my teacher preparation program, I studied about how children learn to speak their native language and how phonemes are an important part of sound symbol correspondences when learning to

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