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Student Spotlight: Golden Thrower | Huangshan City, China

My name is Golden Thrower, MBA, MPA, and I am a student in the MAT@USC TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I recently moved to Huangshan City, China from California for a once-in-a-lifetime journey as an ESL teacher...

Lessons from the End of a Semester in MAT@USC TESOL

The beauty of the online MAT@USC TESOL program is the ability to take what we are learning online, translate it into practice in the classroom, and reflect on it with our professors and classmates. We get to explore what’s challenging us in our classes, and gain input from classmates and professors from around the globe...

A Teacher’s Influence

So far, my summer has been filled with applying for teaching jobs all over the greater Los Angeles area. While this process has been difficult and incredibly time consuming, it has forced me to take time to reflect on the type of teacher that I want to be...

Developing Classroom Strategies

I’ve never taught in a classroom before. I’ve given presentations at middle schools and high schools in previous jobs, but I’ve never actually taught a lesson plan...

Frequent Low- and No- Stakes Tests Improve Learning and Retention

When a student studies and then attempts to retrieve information on infrequent high-stakes tests, it is assumed that learning takes place during the studying and that assessment takes place during the testing...

Falling in Love with the Process not the Outcome

“Fall in love with the process not the outcome”

The above Ise Lyfe quote embodies my thoughts regarding guided practice, otherwise known as student teaching...