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For proj. Research : Teaching beliefs. ESL/EFL video lesson. Writing. Class observation. Generators. Kids. Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience. This weekend, my son undertook his weekly backpack cleanout, dumping wadded papers, overdue permission slips, graded homework, and some ghastly lunch remnants on our living room floor. He handed me the pile of papers he thought I’d want to see, and there, in his wadded homework, my professional and personal life collided. One of his assignments asked him to select the proper meaning of a word in a sentence such as: They could see the school from the glass-bottom boat. a. a place for learning b. a group of fish He’d selected, “a.” This childish impatience—this rush to get the answer before really thinking through the question—appears in our adult world, too. The answer lies in teaching methods that stress patience, critical thinking, and a delayed response based on deep and meaningful contemplation.

I would argue that these are the kind of practices that now most need to be actively engineered by faculty, because they are simply no longer available “in nature,” as it were. 18 essential phrases for understanding life in Japan. How To Speak So Students Listen. It’s common for teachers to bemoan the state of listening in their classroom. “Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself.” “I say it over and over again, and they still don’t get it.” “It’s almost as if they’ve completely tuned me out.” But rarely will they point to themselves as the reason. Rarely will they look inward and analyze their own practice. They assume that students either listen well or they don’t, and that they have little to do about it.

But the truth is, you have a profound effect on listening. Consistency, temperament, likability, clarity, presentation skills, and even tidiness are all important factors. There are also strategies that can improve listening almost instantaneously, which you can find in our archive. But one of the most important factors is how you speak when giving directions. 1. Most teachers talk too much. If you cut the amount of talking you do by a third, and focus only on what your students need to know, then what you say will have greater impact. 2. 3. Teaching Material. 22Nov What’s the deal? In many of the posts in this website I have included an option for teachers to download a pdf. of the lesson so that they can use it with their students – Grammar and Vocabulary worksheets, Activities with Songs and much more. Over time I will include more material – from posts that are already on the website, as well as new material.

What do I have to do? Nothing. You will notice that there is a ‘’ watermark on the worksheets. How do I download the material? On the left-hand side of any page you will see a TEACHERS’ MATERIAL option in the CATEGORIES menu. And if I have any questions? Some of the more advanced material (‘My City’, for example) is full of cultural references. STEP 1: Categories Menu on the Left-Hand side of any Page STEP 2: After choosing the Lesson, click on the TEACHER message STEP 3: The pdf. is yours to print or download.

Posters and Classroom Material Class Vocab Poster Songsheets David Bowie – ‘Heroes’ Ian Brown – ‘FEAR’ Grammar. Copy of EVALUATING AND CREATING MATERIALS AND TASKS FOR CLIL CLASSRO by Laura Suárez on Prezi. ?_r=0&referer= Photo Updated, March 17, 2016 | We have published a companion piece: “8 Compelling Mini-Documentaries to Teach Close Reading and Critical Thinking Skills.” Ever want your students to slow down and notice details when they read — whether they’re perusing a book, a poem, a map or a political cartoon? Young people often want to hurry up and make meaning via a quick skim or a cursory glance when a text can demand patience and focus. Closely reading any text, whether written or visual, requires that students proceed more slowly and methodically, noticing details, making connections and asking questions.

We’ve selected 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used previously in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” Below, we offer ideas from students and teachers who have engaged with these images for ways to use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills. 1. I stumbled across your site while looking for alternate ideas. 2. You can use our “What’s Going On?” 3 destructive things you learned in school without realizing it. It was high school. I was 16, and I was pissed off. My English teacher gave us a creative writing assignment: write anything about being in high school. Anything. So I wrote a story about a school shooting. And not just that — in my story, once police cornered the shooter, instead of blowing his own brains out he began teaching the children himself, executing the ones who misbehaved or didn't follow directions.

Needless to say, I got an F. School convinced me I was a lousy writer. So in the spirit of graduation season, I figured it'd be nice to talk about what school does and does not teach you. 1) You learned that success comes from the approval of others We seem to live in a culture today where people are more concerned with appearing to be something important rather than actually being something important. Our education system is performance-based and not purpose-based. Growing up, everything you're told to do is for no other purpose than to earn the approval of others around you. Phonetizer: an online free tool to help you improve pronunciation. One of the most difficult things about learning a language is its phonetics.

Unlike other languages that have pronunciation rules, the English language has very few pronunciation rules and lots of exceptions. Knowing the International Phonetic Alphabet can help you pronounce words correctly.Phonetizer is a little tool that transcribes English texts into the International Phonetic Alphabet. Phonetizer is very easy to use. It has two panels: in the first one, you write or paste the text and then click “Transcribe” and in the second panel you will get the transcription.

In this second panel you can also select a word or a phrase and click “Speak” for the software to read your selected words or phrases. Wanna have a laugh? 1. 2. 3. Maus I y II by Jorge Pedrero. 5 great writing warm up activities... and what they lead to. I think you might want to download these activities so you can use them later… so here’s a handy PDF file of this blog post! Warm up activities that get learners writing can be fantastic for getting the creative juices flowing while also giving a focused start to your lesson.

A writing task at the start of class can be an effective way of leading into explicit grammar teaching or can just as easily be followed up with speaking activities. What’s more, many such activities are easy to adapt to be suitable for any type of learners, both adults and kids. Indeed, adding an entertaining element to writing activities will make them fun for everyone, as well as making them low pressure tasks which enable learners’ writing to flow freely. Here are five of my favourites. 1. Ok, everyone in the world knows this classic set up: a genie has just granted three wishes to everyone in the class. Where can you take this? 2. You can examine the new adjectives used by the learners. 3. 4. 5.

35 ways to introduce your lesson topic | elt planning. Are you fed up with using the same old methods to introduce your lesson topic? Look no further! Here are 35 ways to kick off your lesson. How many have you tried? Using an anecdote Example topic: idioms You know I play football, right? “can I help you?” And I’m “yeah. She says “They’re £500” And I said “£500???? Here’s some example flashcards I made for teaching idioms. Cuisenaire Rods creation Example topic: Tourist attractions Give each pair of students a bunch of Cuisenaire rods. “Work in pairs. Students then look at each model and guess the attraction. Cuisenaire Rods model Create your own model using rods. (Here is my example of the UK political parties and their share of the vote, for a recent lesson on politics) Musical “Guess the topic” Example topic: family and relationships Think of 3 or 4 songs which in some way reference the theme/topic of your lesson Avril Lavigne – Skater Boi (“he was a boy, she was a girl, can I make it any more obvious?”)

The Hollies – He ain’t heavy (he’s my brother) Between the Lions 5x06 Click, Clack, Moo; the Little Red Hen. Free Online Voice Generator. Free online voice generator. This voice synthesizer tool allows you to enter any text into the box and listen to a computer generated voice speaking the output. Different browsers and operating systems have different voices (typically including male and female voices and foreign accents), so look at the options in the dropdown box to see what voices are available.

Please note, as this is very new technology, the voice generator is currently only compatible with the latest version of Chrome or Safari. Firefox and Internet Explorer are not currently supported. Click the play button to hear this sentence spoken out loud. You can change this text to whatever you want. Mac computers come with several voices included as part of the MacInTalk system. Free online voice generator. This voice synthesizer tool allows you to enter any text into the box and listen to a computer generated voice speaking the output. Click the play button to hear this sentence spoken out loud. Effective Classroom Management to Encourage Listening (and Regulate Blabbermouths) By Robert Montenegro Everyone remembers the one kid in each classroom who loved to hear himself/herself talk (for the purpose of this example we'll call this person something random and totally not steeped in reality or based on a real person: Adrian Spencer).

Simple questions like, "What does the green light represent in The Great Gatsby? " elicit Biden-esque adventures in digression and pedantry. Not only does Adrian Spencer make everyone around him miserable, but he's also not doing himself much of a service because of his inability to sit for five seconds and open his ears. As a teacher, it's important to nip folks like Adrian Spencer in the bud. It's important to encourage participation. This is a big piece of Jessica Lahey's recent column in The New York Times. One strategy comes from JC Clapp, an English teacher at North Seattle Community College: "I deal out playing cards and then students put their card on the table when they make a comment.

Take that, Adrian Spencer. Newyorker. Why is it easy for some people to learn to read, and difficult for others? It’s a tough question with a long history. We know that it’s not just about raw intelligence, nor is it wholly about repetition and dogged persistence. We also know that there are some conditions that, effort aside, can hold a child back. Socioeconomic status, for instance, has been reliably linked to reading achievement. And, regardless of background, children with lower general verbal ability and those who have difficulty with phonetic processing seem to struggle. But what underlies those differences? How do we learn to translate abstract symbols into meaningful sounds in the first place, and why are some children better at it than others? This is the mystery that has animated the work of Fumiko Hoeft, a cognitive neuroscientist and psychiatrist currently at the University of California, San Francisco. What is white matter? Hoeft’s discovery builds on previous research that she conducted on dyslexia.

Class participation in the college classroom: How to get the most out of a course. Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer For college students, October is when the excitement wears off and gives way to Nietzschean ressentiment. Don’t worry, this is human, all too human—your professor is probably not a sadist and you are not necessarily a slacker. Pointed resentment at a specific cause (deserved or not) is just part of the natural stress rhythm of a semester. And one of these causes is the minefield of required (or at least expected) class participation. This is because in the seminar-style classroom, student engagement makes or breaks a course—and that’s precisely why it can go so awry.

We all know (or perhaps are) the nonparticipators who become spellbound by their shoes the second the professor asks a question. So how is a student to know what constitutes good participation? Let’s say you’re so shy you simply freak out speaking in front of other students. Here’s an idea. But what if you are your course’s Darrin, or Tracy, or Paris? Why is class like this? ¿Qué hace que un estudiante tenga buenos resultados académicos? Siete investigadores educativos y un nutrido grupo de expertos se dieron cita durante el pasado V Seminario Internacional de Investigación sobre Calidad de la Educación del Icfes para presentar los hallazgos de sus trabajos sobre los factores que inciden sobre los resultados académicos de los estudiantes.

Desde 2009, el Icfes tiene una oficina de investigación que se preocupa por traducir la vasta cantidad de información que recogen en las pruebas estatales en políticas para mejorar la educación. Los seminarios de investigación en los que se socializan experiencias significativas nacionales e internacionales forman parte de ese objetivo. “En el país hace falta hacer investigación educativa. Entonces, ¿qué hace que un estudiante tenga buenos resultados académicos? Los investigadores coinciden en que primero hay que llevar esta pregunta más atrás. Los maestros son claves, pero hace falta formación Discriminación estadística. Ghostbusters and at-issue-ness: The hidden rules of conversation. Still from Ghostbusters The video below shows a scene from the Halloween classic movie Ghostbusters, which helps set up the rivalry between childish parapsychologist Dr. Venkman and uptight bureaucrat Walter Peck. But it's also a great example of one of the hidden rules of conversation—and how utterly obnoxious it is when someone breaks them.

Dr. Ray Stantz: Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here.Walter Peck: They caused an explosion! What's so obnoxious about Venkman's reply? But for linguists, that short answer opens up a whole new round of questions. For instance, if I say "My car broke down," there's really two pieces of information there. I have a car.It broke down. But only the second one is at issue—it's the main point, the important thing I'm trying to communicate. In fact, there are rules we follow to decide what's at-issue and what isn't. 1. It's too bad that this person is the doctor.It's too bad that she's running late. 2. 5.


Disabilities. Five Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher : NPR Ed. When we began our 50 Great Teachers series, we set out to find great teachers and tell their stories. But we'll also be exploring over the coming year questions about what it means for a teacher to be great, and how he or she gets that way. To get us started, we gathered an expert round table of educators who've also done a lot of thinking about teaching. Combined, these teachers are drawing on over 150 years of classroom experience: Ken Bain is president of the Best Teachers Institute and author of What the Best College Teachers Do. What qualities make a great teacher? Renee Moore: The Hebrew word for teach has, among its meanings: to aim or shoot like an arrow, to point like a finger, to flow like water. Ken Bain: ... I think about the way my youngest grandson is learning to ride a bicycle. Eleanor Duckworth: Getting people to think about what they think, and asking them questions about it, is the best way I know how to teach.

How do you know that you're having an impact? CELTA - Different approaches to teaching language -PPP to TBL. Advanced Learning & Teaching 13 Human Motivation Formulas Part 1. Advanced Learning & Teaching 13 Human Motivation Formulas Part 1. Teaching, Learning and the Power of the Human Factor. SmartTALK with 2011 Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer. El Invisible (The Invisible) - Español Latino [Película Completa] De la calle a Harvard. LA HISTORIA DE LA MATEMATICAS. Documental Albert Einstein - History Channel Español HD 720p.

La educación prohibida - Película Completa HD. Entre Maestros - La película - Una experiencia educativa sin precedentes. The complete guide to taking notes effectively at work. School Days. Reading insecurity: The crippling fear that the digital age has left you unable to read deeply and thoughtfully. Xkcd: Horse. Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning? 10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling. 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible. Why such a Website? 58383. The Historical Precursor to ADHD. Promoting Deeper Learning - There's an App for That! - QuirkyTech-nologies for Educators. 10 Common Sayings You're Probably Saying Wrong"

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