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Brigitte Laing

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IB. Psychology. Guerres, conflits. Grenouille : Symbolique & Contes. Region. Critical Thinking. Higher Order Thinking/Questioning/Growth Mindset. Higher Order Thinking/Questioning/Growth Mindset. 10 Ted Talks Every English Student Should Watch | IELTS Advantage. TED is a series of informative, educational, inspiring and sometimes jaw-dropping talks that present ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. Ted has attracted many of the world’s most important thinkers such as Larry Page, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Ken Robinson, and a few winners of the Nobel Prize. There is an emphasis on informing, educating and opening people’s eyes to new ideas, making them perfect for the classroom.

Students love these talks and really appreciate it when you take the time to make a lesson out of them. Teenagers, being the ‘YouTube generation’, also find them highly engaging and motivating. They come with transcriptions in most common languages, allowing students to read what they have listened to in English or their native tongue. This post will list 10 TED talks I have found work particularly well in the classroom.

How Learners Can Use TED at Home TED Talks provide an engaging context from which students can autonomously improve their English at home. Listening Pronunciation Grammar. Skype in the classroom - Skype in the classroom. Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder. IB English Rubrics. Français A. The Theory of Knowledge: A Thematic Introduction. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Theory of Knowledge: WOK. Theory of Knowledge. Region. Accents & dialects. Higher Order Thinking/Questioning/Growth Mindset. GROWTH MINDSET.

Metacognition. Language in Use. Critical Thinking Index Page. Michel Foucault: Free Lectures on Truth, Discourse & The Self. Image by Lucas Barroso Félix, via Wikimedia Commons Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was an enormously influential French philosopher who wrote, among other things, historical analyses of psychiatry, medicine, the prison system, and the function of sexuality in social organizations.

He spent some time during the last years of his life at UC Berkeley, delivering several lectures in English. And happily they were recorded for posterity: These last lectures are also available on YouTube (in audio format). One of Foucault’s more controversial and memorable books was Discipline and Punish (1977), which traced the transition from the 18th century use of public torture and execution to–less than 50 years later–the prevalence of much more subtle uses of power, with a focus on incarceration, rehabilitation, prevention, and surveillance.

Here he is in 1983 commenting on that book (thanks for the link to Seth Paskin). Mark Linsenmayer runs the Partially Examined Life philosophy podcast and blog. Sir Ken Robinson, Creativity, Learning & the Curriculum. Education For Whom and For What? British Accents and Dialects. Wikimedia The United Kingdom is perhaps the most dialect-obsessed country in the world. With near-countless regional Englishes shaped by millennia of history, few nations boast as many varieties of language in such a compact geography. (NOTE: This page uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For information about this notation, please visit my page of IPA Resources.) The below lists several important types of British English. While not a complete account by any means, this page provides an overview of the accents and dialects most often discussed on this site and elsewhere.

Received Pronunciation Received Pronunciation (a term by 19th Century linguist A.J. Features: Non-rhoticity, meaning the r at the ends of words isn’t prounounced (mother sounds like “muhthuh”).Trap-bath split, meaning that certain a words, like bath, can’t, and dance are pronounced with the broad-a in father. Speech Samples: Cockney Cockney is probably the second most famous British accent. Midlands English Geordie. 630 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free. Get FREE AUDIO BOOKS from and also Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer.

Below, you'll find great works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more. Also please see our related collection:800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices. Fiction & Literature. The Lagoon: How Aristotle invented science by Armand Marie Leroi – review. Consider the story of a famous natural scientist.

A young man with a keen eye and an inquiring mind, the son of a doctor, was sent away to study in a city of culture. He took his studies with him on a voyage to islands overseas, whose wealth of animal and plant life immensely enriched his thought. A scholarly jackdaw, he took the lore of fishermen, stockmen and animal breeders, combining it with his own insight to produce a body of work whose influence resounds to this day. It can fairly be said that natural history, science as a whole, would be immeasurably the poorer without it. Not Darwin, but Aristotle – whose life and work are reappraised by Armand Leroi in this magnificent book. At 17, Aristotle was sent away for his education – to Athens, and the Academy of Plato. His first port of call was Assos, in Asia Minor, where the tyrant Hermias had invited him and several other Academicians to adorn his court.

This book is powerful, graceful and charming. New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed | GROWTH MINDSET. Teaching students that intelligence can grow and blossom with effort – rather than being a fixed trait they’re just born with – is gaining traction in progressive education circles. And new research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential. The new research involves larger, more rigorous field trials that provide some of the first evidence that the social psychology strategy can be effective when implemented in schools on a wide scale.

Even a one-time, 30-minute online intervention can spur academic gains for many students, particularly those with poor grades. The premise is that these positive effects can stick over years, leading for example to higher graduation rates; but long-term data is still needed to confirm that. Earlier, well-designed tests of simple and relatively inexpensive growth-mindset interventions had surprisingly shown improvements in students’ grades over weeks or months.