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While I may agree with some of the Ms. Canning-Wilson's "commandments" to be used in the classroom, I certainly don't agree with keeping the teacher's personal life out of the classroom. On the first day of class, I show students pictures of my children, grandchildren and even the cat and dog. Suddenly, the "floodgates" of ideas and speech seem to open! Students share their own pictures or draw family trees, and posters. From this simple beginning, students share their culture through food, realia, pictures and lots of conversation. Learning English has become a fun experience! And isn't that what we truly want for our students?
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