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Science, health and medical journals, full text articles and books. A discussion about re-inventing our profession. This very interesting article is by Andy Gaskins, Assistant Director of Studies at St Giles London Central.

A discussion about re-inventing our profession

He asks a great question: Is Demand High only something that you can do spontaneously on the spot in class … or can you prepare for it? Preparing to Demand High Is Demand High teaching always a spontaneous response to student production, or can it be, at least partially, prepared in advance? Using Twitter for professional development – Lizzie Pinard. Twitter!

Using Twitter for professional development – Lizzie Pinard

Image via google images search licensed for commercial use with modification. Teacher Network. Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners. Enter most schools and you will hear about literacy instruction or the "literacy block.

Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

" However, literacy is not a subject -- it is something much bigger. Paulo Freire encouraged a broader definition of literacy to include the ability to understand both "the word and the world. " Literacy includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and analyzing a wide range of texts that include both print and non-print texts. Imagery and Language This post will describe some ways in which teachers can use photography to support literacy standards. YouTube, as well as websites such as,, and, have an incredible assortment of guides on how to do almost anything, from cutting up onions to making paper airplanes. I think that’s because, as we read, we picture the characters and events in a certain way and we are always disappointed when the big screen doesn’t live up to our big imaginations.

On the other hand, if you see the movie before reading the book, most people would say they like both. While these are crucial concepts, others are equally important.

«Dinner» no significa «cena» en inglés – La pluma de Rosetta. Sí, yo también había vivido toda mi vida engañada hasta que una encantadora familia inglesa de Waterlooville me invitó una mañana de domingo a cenar a su casa… a la 1 de la tarde.

«Dinner» no significa «cena» en inglés – La pluma de Rosetta

«Dinner» es una palabra adoptada por el inglés a finales del siglo XIV proveniente del vocablo del francés antiguo «disner» del siglo XI que originalmente significaba «desayuno» y, más tarde, «almuerzo». Avoid randomness: Three other ways of grouping students. – On the same page. A few weeks ago I wrote this summary about what an ideal cooperative language classroom would look like and the strengths of adopting such a model.

Avoid randomness: Three other ways of grouping students. – On the same page

Even if you’re already working within a cooperative learning framework, however, there are times when we may want to change the types of interactions for specific tasks and offer the students more opportunities to communicate with other peers. This applies to other settings, too, where we often need to group students yet randomness does not just seem to be the most effective way to go about it if we want to make sure the students will be working in a rich, diverse environment that enhances learning. Using cartoons and comic strips. Cartoons are powerful teaching tools and can: Tell a complex story in a few imagesProvide comment and provoke thought on events and issues in the newsGive an example of vocabulary related to current trends and fadsProvide easily identifiable characters to form the basis for sketchesShow culture in action with the ways that men or women are behaving and are expected to behaveComment on and illustrate a whole range of issues like racism, teenage relationships, sexism, ageism, family relationships.

Using cartoons and comic strips

Action Plan for Teachers. Feedback and Error Correction – Is It Your Job? Error correction performed by the teacher followed by a feedback is a usual part of most traditional and even non-traditional school approaches.

Feedback and Error Correction – Is It Your Job?

However, if we think about it, our ultimate goal is to teach the students how to become independent learners and be able to check their own work. Lack of awareness about the necessity of doing this has become one of my teaching challenges. Most students I encounter as a teacher believe that their work is done once they have accomplished the assignment’s requirements. They tend to submit their papers and worksheets immediately after finishing an exercise. My question of whether they have checked their work is usually encountered with complete astonishment. I have developed several techniques that encourage self-check, provide the necessary tools for self-editing and proofreading and develop critical thinking and independence. Below I provide the main aspects of the approach and some examples. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A New Fantastic Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for iPad Apps. March 21, 2014 Today while I was browsing through my Twitter feeds I came across this fabulous Bloom's Taxonomy wheel of apps shared by Anthony.

If you still recall, some previous versions of this wheel have already been featured here in Bloom's Taxonomy for Teachers section . As you can see, the wheel outlines a wide variety of verbs and activities related to each thinking level of Blooms taxonomy coupled with iPad apps that go with it. These apps are supposed to help teachers and students better cultivate these different thinking levels in their use of iPad apps.

And because the the visual is not hyperlinked, I went ahead and provided the links for each of these apps in the lists below. Enjoy. » Teaching English through songs in the digital age – #ELTchat summary 12/01/2011. Mobile. What do a newspaper, a roadmap, and a webpage have in common? They are all great materials for the ESL classroom. Not only that, they are ...