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It’s a resource for curious minds and a platform for passionate voices. It’s an island of educational insight—diligently researched and carefully curated—in a sea of endless, often repetitive information. Education ain’t what it used to be, kiddo. We’re here to discuss everything from DIY learning, digital literacy, and self-designed careers to the latest and most relevant findings in educational psychology—without the dense academic jargon that often weighs it down. Peruse features, guides, and e-books on creativity, critical thinking, growth mindset, game-based learning, educational technology, and more. Welcome to InformED. Who is Behind InformED? InformED is a blog by Open Colleges, an online education provider based in Sydney, Australia. Drop us a line: How To Make Learning Relevant To Your Students (And Why It's Crucial To Their Success) - InformED.

We’ve all heard our students ask the question, “When will I ever use this in the real world?”

How To Make Learning Relevant To Your Students (And Why It's Crucial To Their Success) - InformED

And honestly, it’s a great question–one that we should all spend more time thinking about. Research shows that relevant learning means effective learning, and that alone should be enough to get us rethinking our lesson plans. The old drill-and-kill method is neurologically useless, as it turns out. Relevant, meaningful activities that both engage students emotionally and connect with what they already know are what help build neural connections and long-term memory storage. “Long lists of vocabulary words that don’t have personal relevance or don’t resonate with a topic about which the student has been engaged are likely to be blocked by the brain’s affective (or emotional) filters,” writes neurologist and former educator Judy Willis.

Another article interviewed 36 undergraduate students about aspects of the teaching and learning environment which motivated or demotivated their study. 1. 2. 3. YLT – Linking, Developing and Supporting Early Years, Primary and Secondary English Language Teaching Professionals Worldwide. ETp home. Conver-Stations - Instructional Strategies. Education - Teachers - Apple.

Brilliant or Insane - Education on the Edge. Oxford Professional Development. [4051] Smart Ways to Use Pop Culture to Connect with Students. Bite-sized Professional Development. Home. Call for Contributions- New Ways in Teaching With Music. TESOL Press seeks contributors for a book on how to use music in the ESL/EFL classroom.

Call for Contributions- New Ways in Teaching With Music

Deadline: June 30, 2016 If you would like your contribution to be considered, please follow the guidelines below and make your timely submission to co-editors Jean Arnold and Emily Herrick at Scope and Purpose New Ways in Teaching with Music (NWTM) will be a collection of activities and exercises contributed by teachers who have used them in their teaching in ESL and EFL higher-ed or IEP classrooms around the world. Music is a new focal area for the popular New Ways series, and TESOL Press is seeking to publish successful, fresh, and innovative methods of using music to enhance English language learning in the following areas: Listening Speaking Reading Vocabulary Writing Grammar Cultural Exploration CALL Audience.

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Archive. Lewis Lansford, Author at Cambridge ConversationsCambridge Conversations. K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work. Home - Cambridge English Digital Framework for Teachers. Spanish. The FLTMAG - A magazine on technology integration in the world language classroom. Empowering Online Teachers. Classroom Management Techniques by Jim Scrivener, CUP « IH Journal. Reviewed by Lou McLaughlin Classroom Management Techniques successfully provides concrete solutions for everyday difficulties encountered by language teachers worldwide.

Classroom Management Techniques by Jim Scrivener, CUP « IH Journal

It is divided into seven chapters, each based on a specific topic and subsequently cross-referenced throughout the book, making it extremely user-friendly. The aim of each chapter is clearly stated and is accompanied by an introduction which provides useful background information from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint. The main body is comprised of practical techniques for the classroom, detailing how these can become part of any teacher’s repertoire.

The end of each chapter has a reflection section in the form of questions which aims to help the reader personalize the theory and techniques. The first three chapters deal with three specific areas of classroom management: the classroom, the learner, and the teacher, while the remaining chapters deal with issues surrounding the lesson itself. Edspeakers - Edspeakers Home Page. For teachers by teachers. TeacherTube. Great for educators, fair for authors. Teacher Training Videos - Free online technology and ict tutorials for use in education. Ditch That Textbook. TeachingEnglish. TEACHERS - lesson plans, teacher resources, teaching jobs, and teacher chat. Theconversation. An article we wrote last week for The Conversation on Seven “great” teaching methods not backed up by evidence prompted a large amount of comment and discussion.


One of the main questions has been, ok so what does make for great teaching? It was this question that our recent evidence review for the Sutton Trust set out to address, alongside how teachers can improve their teaching and so bring about better learning for their students. Defining effective teaching is not straightforward. But it must surely be something like: “effective teaching is that which leads to high achievement by students in terms of valued outcomes”. Many current ways of assessing children, particularly those used in high-stakes exams or in existing research studies, do not fully reflect the range of important outcomes that a child’s education is trying to achieve. Six good practices The research we reviewed suggests there are six common components that are signatures of good-quality teaching:

The Learning Revolution. Take Control Of The Noisy Class. Oxford Teachers' Academy Teaching English to Teenagers - Participant Code Card. Classroom 2.0. The C Group - Home. Teacher Training Videos - Free online technology and ict tutorials for use in education. Cambridge English Teacher. How to Teach English Online. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages in Spain. Internet TESL Journal (For ESL/EFL Teachers) Home - Macmillan ELT. Professionaldevelopmentoxford.