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edutopia Over the summer, teachers reflect on the year and often redesign and perfect their teaching strategies and plans. In essence, they get back to the basics of what they believe is the best way to inspire learning in their students -- in other words, they revisit and refine their philosophy of education. A school district might ask a teacher or principal applying for a job about her or his philosophy of education. In this post, I've decide to share mine, and I am curious to see if any of my beliefs resonate with you. So here they are: 1. Students want and need to learn as much as they need food, clothing, and shelter. 2. Students learn best by doing, and active teaching encourages active learning. How to study How to take notes How to memorize How to express themselves effectively These skills will help them be part of a high-performance learning team. 3. 4. 5. 6. Having access to knowledge resources is as important to a child's education as the actual curriculum content. 7.

Beautiful web-based timeline software Reflections of a Teacher and Learner Making the right choices: ‘Lean On Me’ – On the same page Every word in the song “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers has been written into a grid with some distractors. Starting in the upper left corner, students complete the lyrics choosing one of the words available right next to the last word in any direction and using each square only once. To guide them through the process, the writing worksheet provides students with a few words in each line, including the first ones, which are also capitalised in the grid for easier reference. You may want to model and play the first two lines of the song so that the students can understand the procedure. Students will be practising a number of skills as they make their choices. Sometimes they will have to make decisions concerning subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, word order, or selecting the right preposition. Before listening to the song and checking the lyrics, students are asked to write down and share what they think the last line of the song is, adding an extra purpose to the listening task.

Fine Motor Skills - DIY Cutting Station Hello! If you are new here check out No Time For Flash Cards on Pinterest and join our Facebook community for more great ideas. When I was a director of a large childcare center one of my 3 year old classes had a cutting bucket. Gather your materials. Start by punching a hole in the bowl. Using the cord ( ours is from ) thread it through and make a sturdy knot. Tie the other end to scissors. Add scrap paper and someone to cut and go! What I like about this is that it’s portable. Need more simple but worthwhile ideas like this ?

blog-efl Writing and Public Speaking - Why Every Writer Needs a Website by: Sabrina S Siracusa Why does every writer need a website? The most obvious reason--because every serious business has one! A website acts like your storefront. It tells your potential clients that you are in business.. How to Maximize Body Language Into Your Presentation by: Faizarul Madznan A vital and visible part of your presentation is the use of body language. Writers - Cheap, Easy, Expendable by: R.H. When Jeffrey Eugenides, author of Middlesex, spoke before a Seattle audience, he began by asking, "What do you suppose my least favorite comment is?" Better Thinking Skills Through Writing by: Steve Gillman Better thinking skills come from practice. How to Improve Writing Unity by: Mark Pennington Writing unity refers to how well sentences and paragraphs stay focused on the topic sentences and thesis statement. 5 Tips To Writing Articles That Connect With Readers And Have Them Click Through by: Matthew Robert Payne TIP 1 Educate someone. . . .

Ο ΜΗΧΑΝΟΛΟΓΟΣ Ενεργητική μάθηση και Ομαδοσυνεργατικές πρακτικές στα Τεχνολογικά Μαθήματα Το σχολείο σήμερα, για να προκαλέσει το ενδιαφέρον των μαθητών, δεν μπορεί να λειτουργεί όπως κατά το παρελθόν. Ιδέες και πρακτικές οδηγίες για να αξιοποιήσουμε στοιχεία της ομαδοσυνεργατικής διδασκαλίας στην καθημερινή δουλειά μας. Βήμα – βήμα, ξεκινώντας από απλές διδακτικές πρακτικές, μπορούμε να ενεργοποιήσουμε όλη την τάξη, ιδιαίτερα τους «αδύνατους μαθητές». Εισαγωγή - Η ανάγκη για αλλαγή Ξεκινώντας από τα απλά Ανάθεση Εργασιών Η ομαδοσυνεργατική διδασκαλία Μικροομάδες των 1-2 ατόμων Μικροεργασίες 2-5 ατόμων Αμιγώς ομαδοσυνεργατικά σχήματα Διομαδικές δραστηριότητες Ερωτήματα για την αξιοποίηση των ομαδοσυνεργατικών μεθόδων Μπορούν αδύνατοι ή αδιάφοροι μαθητές να συμμετάσχουν σε ομαδοσυνεργατικές δράσεις; Μήπως οι καλοί μαθητές αδικούνται μέσα σε μια ομάδα αδύνατων μαθητών; Επαρκεί ο χρόνος για ομαδοσυνεργατικές δραστηριότητες; Πως θα γίνεται η αξιολόγηση των μαθητών στο πλαίσιο της ομάδας; Εισαγωγή – Η ανάγκη για αλλαγή

Janet's Abruzzo Edublog Useful links for CELTA Anyone following my blog will know that CELTA took over my life in August last year (2014), and will continue to dominate until the same time this year (2015). I’ve been building this list in my head for a while, and it’s finally time to get it onto the blog. It’s arranged into categories, with subtitles and topics in bold to help you navigate. There’s a lot here, so just use the bits you need as you need them rather than trying to look at all of them – if not, you’ll end up being overwhelmed! A quick way to find what you need it to press CTRL + F (CMD + F on a Mac) and type a key word connected to what you’re struggling with, like ‘TTT’, ‘instructions’ or ‘writing’ – this will take you straight to the relevant section. Please let me know if any of the links are broken so I can update them, and feel free to add suggestions to the comments. Before the course CELTA is a very intensive experience, and it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into. Is the CELTA worth it? Top Reading

Ομαδοσυνεργατική διδασκαλία σε ανομοιογενείς τάξεις Ομαδοσυνεργατική διδασκαλία σε ανομοιογενείς τάξεις Κωνσταντίνος Κλουβάτος Δάσκαλος ειδικής αγωγής - Διδάκτορας Επιστημών της Αγωγής, Σχολικός Σύμβουλος 3ης Περιφέρειας Δημοτ. Εκπ/σης Ν. Κυκλάδων Γεννήθηκε στον Κυνίδαρο Νάξου (1967). Περίληψη Το επιμορφωτικό υλικό απευθύνεται στους εκπαιδευτικούς πρωτοβάθμιας και δευτεροβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης, μπορεί όμως να αξιοποιηθεί και από τους εκπαιδευτικούς προσχολικής αγωγής. Λέξεις κλειδιά: διαφοροποιημένη διδασκαλία, ομαδοσυνεργατική μάθηση, συνεργατική συναρμολόγηση, κοινωνιόγραμμα Abstract This training material is addressed for teachers of primary and secondary education, but could also be used by teachers of preschool education. Keywords: differentiated teaching, cooperative learning, Jigsaw classroom, sociogram 1. Η συνεχώς αυξανόμενη ανομοιογένεια του μαθητικού πληθυσμού και οι απαιτήσεις του σύγχρονου σχολείου θέτουν τον σύγχρονο εκπαιδευτικό μπροστά σε νέες και μεγαλύτερες διδακτικές ευθύνες και προκλήσεις. A΄ θεωρητικό πλαίσιο

The Daily Ptefldactyl 3 Ways to Be Less Boring "Be less boring." That's a low bar for us as teachers. However, improvement is implicit in this command. Face it: some days, trying to be slightly less boring is all we have, while on other days, we feel like we could make the study of prairie grasses fascinating to fifth-grade kids. Here are three ideas that might help you be less boring. 1. We all know what wait time is -- ask a question and then give students time to think before calling on someone. If you're already good at wait time one, try wait time two. Closing my mouth makes class much more interesting for students and me. 2. Teachers have a Pavlovian response to hand raising. I implemented a policy that required students to signal when they don't want me to call on them. In an era of learning walks, instructional rounds, and unannounced observations, this method has another interesting advantage. 3. Your enjoyment of teaching is essential to being less boring. . . . if our focus is on the what rather than the who.