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Fostering Classroom Community via ‘The Special Person’ Interview

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / May 23, 2022 /

I teamed up with Bryce Hedstrom (brycehedstrom.com) at the Voces Digital “Weekly Wednesday Webinar” to give a presentation entitled: Fostering Classroom Community and Understanding via ‘The Special Person’ Interview. Link to the video recording: here Link to my presentation: here I really enjoy the activities presented in this webinar. They are great ideas how to…

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Americans in Dresden: Top 10 Highlights

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / April 25, 2022 / Comments Off on Americans in Dresden: Top 10 Highlights

I was doing research for something I was working on when I came across some intriguing articles about how Dresden, Germany was, at one time, both a home to a sizable American expat community and a European destination for American travelers. I was unaware of this, and it piqued my curiosity. So, I deviated from…

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Stuttgart Oral History Project

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / April 2, 2022 / Comments Off on Stuttgart Oral History Project

I thought I would pass this along.  I recently participated in the Stuttgart Oral History Project through the Missouri Humanities organization.  It was a great experience, and I am glad that I was able to share my story. I am connected to both St. Louis in Stuttgart. I grew up (and still reside) in the…

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Food, History and Terms

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / March 25, 2022 / Comments Off on Food, History and Terms

Missouri Humanities is a terrific organization with many great programs that explore people, stories, places, and events throughout Missouri’s rich and diverse history while also focusing on the future. Check it out here:  https://mohumanities.org/ I recently attended an event called “Think-N-Drink” through the Missouri Humanities organization. This is a series of events to engage Missourians in…

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Numbers Brain Breaks

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / February 28, 2022 / Comments Off on Numbers Brain Breaks

I came across these brain breaks on Bryce Hedstrom’s blog. With his permission, I am sharing them here as resource for language teachers. (I should mention that I did the German version of these puzzles.) These brain breaks are fun, quick and my students enjoyed doing them. They reinforce numbers in the target language and…

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What does Emotion have to do with Learning?

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / February 15, 2022 / Comments Off on What does Emotion have to do with Learning?

One of the aspects of education that I truly enjoy is collaboration. Through meaningful and effective collaboration, we have the chance to grow not only in our profession, but also as a person. We further and deepen our knowledge and understanding of our field, and we broaden our (personal) perspectives and thinking. When meaningful collaboration…

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A (non-hyphenated) American history book for us all?

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / January 5, 2022 / Comments Off on A (non-hyphenated) American history book for us all?

Do not let the title of Lynne Breen’s book How German Ingenuity Inspired America: More Fun, More Beauty, More Freedom mislead you. Yes, it is a definitive book on the influence and impact that Germans and German-Americans have the fabric of America. Yes, it wonderfully details and illustrates the accomplishments and achievements of this immigrant…

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Yesteryears with Eric Carle and the German connection

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / December 29, 2021 /

I read constantly across all genres and topics, both fiction and non-fiction. In short, I enjoy reading. I enjoy discovering something new, and I especially enjoy learning about new places and people. With this in mind, I thought I would share a note with you about an article I read in German Life. (See note…

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A few links as a starting point

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / November 27, 2021 / Comments Off on A few links as a starting point

Recently, after sharing a bit about some inspiring educators in a post, I had some inquiries about what other educators and resources that I find useful.Below you will find links to some worth-while blogs, other websites, and their resources. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but my hope is that it offers a…

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A bit about a few educators that I met along the way.

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / November 11, 2021 / Comments Off on A bit about a few educators that I met along the way.

As I wrote in a previous entry, I do not know where I would be today without fellow educators, who shared their insights, talents and personal stories of struggles and successes. So, I thought I would take a moment to share a bit about just a few of those educators that I met along the…

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