Savyonne Steindler earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology and Jewish Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MS in TESOL at California State University, Fullerton. She has volunteered teaching EFL and Health Education, spending the most time in Gondar, Ethiopia.

She currently teaches noncredit ESL at Irvine Valley College and Orange Coast College.  Along with Marely Cervantes, she is co-author of “ESL for Parents of Elementary School Children: English Skills to Advocate for Your Child’s Success,” due to be published by Kendall Hunt in Spring 2021. She served in many roles for the CATESOL Orange County Board, including as Coordinator during the 2019-2020 school year.

In this episode we explore better ways to set up breakout rooms. One of the most used features of many online communication platforms is also one that can be used creatively to engage students in several activities. Savy shares with us her approach to breakout rooms and how we can maximize their potential during distance learning classes.

Topics Discussed

  • The technical ins and outs of setting up breakout rooms 
  • Which activities work best for breakout rooms
  • What teachers should do while students are in the rooms
  • What to do after a breakout activity
  • and much more!

Savyonne’s Resources:

ESL for Parents of Elementary School Chidren

Coming soon from Kendall Hunt. This book is expected to release in early 2021, and focuses on helping parents develop English skills to advocate for their child’s success.

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