I developed these materials (PowerPoint and worksheets) for my high beginning ESOL students when I was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. I worked between chemo rounds and throughout my radiation treatments. I had no hair, I wore hats and wigs to class and when I had the energy I drew my eyebrows on with a pencil and hoped they were even. During radiation, I wore the same 2 shirts to work for weeks. I felt that my students needed a clear explanation and of course this explanation could be beneficial to their lives too.
They say that when you are doing cancer treatment, you should avoid depression by writing poetry, keeping a journal, and reflecting on your accomplishments. Well I didn't’t write poetry or keep a journal but I did enjoy creating PowerPoints for my students.
As Teachers we often forget to take the time to reflect on our accomplishments and remind ourselves why we chose this profession in the first place.
PowerPoint is a fantastic tool for the ELL. Students respect and appreciate your homemade customized lessons. Especially something concretely applicable to their lives like cancer. I got positive responses from my students but not just because I’m a survivor. They really appreciate the fact that you took the time to create something for them.