Friday, February 5, 2016

My Introduction & Purpose of this Blog

Hello!  My name is Haley Bashada.  I am currently a senior at California University of Pennsylvania, a state university in Southwestern PA.  In December 2016, I will graduate with a dual degree in Secondary Education in English and Spanish.  From the beginning, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher.  I have had a passion for education and learning for as long as I can remember!  My drive to become a high school teacher comes from the motivation and inspiration that my own teachers provided me with along the way, from kindergarten to now, and I hope that one day I can inspire my students in my own unique way.  My goal is to become a high school English and Spanish teacher, get a Master's Degree, and maybe even a Principal Certification.  Along with that, I have found that I have an interest in the education of English Language Learners, so that may be a path I take; this project may help me to decide!    

Speaking of English Language Learners, or ELLs, they are the reason I started this blog.  I will talk about my interest in ELLs' education in my next post; however, I want to relay the purpose of this blog.  This blog is part of my Honors Thesis project, which serves as a cumulative project to make a contribution to my discipline (education) through this research-based project.  I aim for this blog to be a resource I can use in the future when I am faced with having ELLs in my mainstream classroom, and I hope it can help you out as well!  I have researched strategies that work, and I will provide my interpretations, activity ideas, and more information that may be useful to help ELLs succeed in the mainstream classroom.  Everything I post will be properly cited to give credit to the research I have reviewed.  Please feel free to comment suggestions if you wish, as the education world is always changing and always relies on collaboration.  Thank you for visiting my "Educating ELLs" blog!  

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