Five Useful Online Resources for New Teachers. The internet is full of amazing sites and tools for English teachers, but it can be overwhelming having to sift through so many sites.
Whether you’re looking for resources from the BBC, grammar games, improving speaking or vocabulary, or ideas for working with younger learners or adults - I’ve included a few of my go-to sites that I regularly use for classes. 1. ELT Pics – A great site full of interesting pictures to help teachers set context, pre-teach vocabulary, use in discussions or handouts. Health Digest - Easy Healthy Juices. 6 Secrets To Becoming A Better Teacher. Your morning starts like this: You wake up and check your email, look through new updates while having your breakfast, and read posts on your favorite blogs while riding the train to your job.
How Students Define Inspiring Teachers and Teaching Excellence. “Just be yourself”.
What does that mean in the context of teaching? When I was in my TESL program many years ago, there was a very outgoing, guitar-playing young man in the course. He was vibrant, fun and obviously musically –talented. Getting to Yes Across Cultures - Harvard Business Review. TeachingEnglish. How to Teach Review Lessons: Success Strategies. For certain classes a study guide may be appropriate.
In this case, provide students with a study guide which summarizes what they have learned and what will be covered in the exams. Include the target structures and key vocabulary from each chapter and any diagrams or maps that they should be familiar with. This does a lot to build student confidence because they have a hard copy of what they should review and what sections of the course you feel are most important.
The study guide should include every type of question students will encounter on the exam, all directions such as “Circle the correct answer”, and any additional material you would like them to review but may not necessarily be on the exam. How To Test Your ESL Students: Best Practices. Beyond the Practice Test: How to Get Your Class Ready for Exams. This may be in the form of placement tests for the new year, public school exams, or those last minute students trying to get their English qualifications before Christmas and the new year.
Of course, it is important for students to take responsibility for their own learning and study, but how can we, as their English language teachers, support them best during this time? Exam and test preparation classes can be stressful and boring, for both students and teachers. How You Can Use Backwards Design in Lesson and Curriculum Planning. It is often introduced briefly in TEFL training courses, but quickly falls by the wayside as the reality of the classroom sets in.
However, more and more modern educators are starting to realise the usefulness and effectiveness of backwards design. This is interesting because it challenges the traditional class planning model by, literally, turning it on its head. But what is ‘backwards design, what benefits does it have, and how can you use it to improve your classes? Put simply, backwards design starts with the outcome in mind. 8 Worst Lesson Planning Mistakes You Can Make. Think of the coursebook as the vehicle, the tool you will use to take your class on this journey that is learning to speak another language.
The lesson plan is the road map that helps you set a course from Point A to Point B, the first being little or no knowledge of a specific language point, the second being learning said language point - reaching a learning goal. But like any road trip, things can go wrong. And if you embark on a road trip with the wrong map…well, you’re just setting yourself up for trouble. 6 Super Easy Steps to Creating a Winning Lesson Plan. Coming up with lesson plans is an ever present task for most teachers, and ESL teachers are no exception.
We have books, standards, and standardized tests to which we often teach. Sometimes, though, we can become so overwhelmed with the material that we fail to make a careful plan for sharing it with our students. However, that can be the exception rather than the rule if you follow these super simple steps for creating a winning lesson plan! When Things Go Wrong: How to Turn a Disaster ESL Lesson into a Triumph.
It happens to even the best teachers: a well thought out, carefully planned lesson goes horribly wrong and you are stuck in the middle of class with confused, frustrated, and disengaged learners.
Students can react to material in different ways than you anticipated and new activities may take less time, be more challenging, or not work out quite the way you expected. Never continue following a lesson plan that is failing. This will only waste everyone’s time and students will not get the most out of their lesson with you.
It is hard to think of new ideas and come up with an alternate plan during a lesson but this is the best course of action. How to Write a Lesson Plan: 5 Secrets of Writing Great Lesson Plans. Planning 2. Aims and concepts Contexts and marker sentences Aims and concepts It is important to have clear and realistic aims for your lessons.
One way to check this is actually to write out what your objectives are. To demonstrate let's take the topic of the use of the prepositions 'for' and 'since' with the present perfect. Planning 1. This article looks at some general lesson planning questions: What should go into an English language lesson? What is a lesson plan? Why is planning important? Do you need to plan if you have a course book? What are the principles of planning? Course planning.
Pre-service teacher training courses typically focus on the detailed planning of a 40 minute or 60 minute lesson and don’t focus attention on how to go about planning a much longer scheme of work. This is also an important area to consider though, because most teachers are involved in teaching courses, which may typically last anywhere between 30 and 120 hours. The aim of this article is to share some of the conclusions of a recent project I was part of, with the hope that it might enable other teachers to plan a little faster too! How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently.
By Maria Popova “In disputes upon moral or scientific points,” Arthur Martine counseled in his magnificent 1866 guide to the art of conversation, “let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.” Of course, this isn’t what happens most of the time when we argue, both online and off, but especially when we deploy the artillery of our righteousness from behind the comfortable shield of the keyboard. That form of “criticism” — which is really a menace of reacting rather than responding — is worthy of Mark Twain’s memorable remark that “the critic’s symbol should be the tumble-bug: he deposits his egg in somebody else’s dung, otherwise he could not hatch it.”
How to Listen Between the Lines: Anna Deavere Smith on the Art of Listening in a Culture of Speaking. By Maria Popova “Some people use language as a mask. And some want to create designed language that appears to reveal them but does not.” In his exquisite taxonomy of the nine kinds of silence, Paul Goodman included “the silence of listening to another speak, catching the drift and helping him be clear.” 5 Things Cool Teachers Do. 5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices.
I remember how, as a new teacher, I would attend a professional development and feel inundated with new strategies. The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers - Advice. Four Ways to Give Good Feedback. When effectively administered, feedback is a powerful way to build knowledge and skills, increase skills, increase motivation, and develop reflective habits of mind in students and employees. Too often, however, the feedback we give (and get) is ineffectual or even counterproductive. Here, four ways to offer feedback that really makes a difference, drawn from research in psychology and cognitive science: 27 Tips For Mentoring New Teachers. Innovations in Teacher Prep and Support: Resource Roundup. New Teachers: Resource Roundup. The Roles of Educational Stakeholders and Influencing Factors.
Substantial research indicates a paradigm shift of the global society from the industrial age to the transforming information age (Watson and Reigeluth, 2008) which is an eon in which political, economical, social, and cultural patterns reflect decentralization in the flow of information (Toffler, 1984; Reigeluth, 1993; Senge, et al. 2000). According to Watson and Reigeluth, education in the United States is undergoing a systemic perceptual change, as a result of society's dissatisfaction with individual learner's achievement in the education arena. In education, most systemic transformation efforts involve stakeholders that are critical to achieving the desired changes, as asserted by Watson and Reigeluth. School Board Members. Wiki - OUTLINE FOR WEEK TWO. The Roles of Educational Stakeholders and Influencing Factors.
Universal Design for Learning Guidelines - Version 1.0. In this document, curriculum (or curricula) is defined broadly to include four basic components: 1. Track 1: Part 3 - Curriculum as Practice. Wiki - OUTLINE FOR WEEK ONE. Wiki - Portfolio. Wiki - Syllabus. Wiki - Week Four. Wiki - Week Three. Wiki - Week Two. Wiki - Week One. Coursera. The Journey to Excellence home - THE JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE. Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms.
Interactive Lesson – Iterative Simple Division. This clip shows a teacher in Zambia of 2nd grade students using an interactive method to review simple division problems. The students have previously been taught division, so this activity is a way to engage them and review. The activity proposes a division problem with one known number, in this case a 2, and two unknowns. The class works together through the problem, proposing numbers to fit the two unknowns to make the division statement true.
The teacher allows the students to propose incorrect numbers and work out why they are wrong, and at one point brings in sticks to help demonstrate why one combination of numbers cannot work. Though the process takes more time then waiting for someone to come up with the right answer, or even giving the right answer away, it involves the whole class and ideally emulates the process each learner might go through if given the problem individually. Thinking Classroom. Response: Ways To Observe Teachers Without Demoralizing Them - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo.
Centre for the use of Research & Evidence in Education (CUREE) Webinars. For teachers looking at learning once class is over. Classroom Confidence Starts With You: 5 Tips to a Student-Centered Classroom. (7) Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion. AMAZING technique to improve Empathic Listening - Dr. Stephen R. Covey - Indian Talking Stick. (7) Facebook. Professional Attributes - Coaching and Mentoring.
Understanding by Design Framework. Madeline Hunter Direct Instruction Lesson Plan Format. EdSe 3204 - General Instructional Methods Spring 2005: Dr. Helen Mongan-Rallis |Syllabus|Schedule|Assignments l SpEd| Lesson Topic:__________________ Grade level_________________ Materials/Equipment Needed: NICK'S SITE. New Teacher 1st Year How to Execute a Turnaround. Teacher mentors abroad. Teacher mentors. Mentoring teachers.