Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Benefits of Teaching Dual Literacy

With a bachelor of arts from Hawaii Pacific University, Kristin Kinkel taught ESL (English as a second language) for about three years. During this time, Kristin Kinkel was involved in examining the benefits of teaching dual literacy to native Spanish-speaking children.

Studies show that helping Spanish-speaking children develop into bilingual and biliterate students has many benefits. Research out of York University in Toronto, Ontario, discovered that preschool-aged children who are bilingual have better cognitive flexibility than those who only speak one language. Other research also suggests that, in the long term, the cognitive ability acquired through mastering two languages may prevent dementia. 

Children also benefit culturally and economically from being fluent in two languages. Mastering Spanish can help them to better retain their native culture and maintain relationships with those who share their ethnic background. Furthermore, learning English can help children become immersed in American culture. Additionally, a study out of the University of Florida shows that adults who learned two languages may earn up to $7,000 more a year than their colleagues who only speak English.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Trail Blazers Select Zach Collins in NBA Draft

Kristin Kinkel earned a bachelor of arts from Hawaii Pacific University, where she was a member of the school's cheerleading team. Additionally, Kristin Kinkel organized and led cheerleading camps for Varsity Spirit Corporation and served two years on the Portland Trail Blazers stunt team. 

During the NBA Draft on June 22, 2017, the Trail Blazers added Gonzaga University’s Zach Collins to their roster. Portland owned three first-round picks in the draft, but packaged picks numbers 15 and 20 in a trade to move up and select Collins tenth overall. The move was lauded among analysts and reporters despite the fact that Collins averaged only 10 points per game with limited play time in 2016-17 as a freshman with Gonzaga.

Collins didn't start a single game last season with the school, but he became Gonzaga’s first-ever freshman to be drafted into the NBA. The 7-foot center averaged 10 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 17.3 minutes per game. With plenty of time to grow as a player, he should be a nice fit in Portland's frontcourt alongside Jusuf Nurkic as a three-point-shooting big man with elite shot-blocking ability.