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15 inspiring quotes chosen by teachers, for teachers

15 inspiring quotes chosen by teachers, for teachers
“Motivation, creativity and freedom are my most powerful educational tools,” says Cyprus teacher Evanthia Poyiatzi. To sharpen your motivation, creativity and freedom this week, read (and share!) the 15 inspiring ideas and quotes below — handpicked for you by Evanthia and her fellow TED-Ed Innovative Educators: Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. “For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.” — Plutarch “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou “Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai “We are what we believe we are.” — C.S. “We must take sides. “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich “I have not failed.

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Can you Guess the Word? Part One We’re six weeks into our new ‘Guess the Word’ campaign here at Oxford Dictionaries, and it’s time to take a look back at the videos that have kept you guessing! Each of the video definitions below illustrate the meaning of one useful, commonplace word. Simply watch a video and see if you can guess which word the scenario describes. To check your answer, follow the link beneath the video to the word’s dictionary entry page, where lexicographer extraordinaire Susie Dent will guide you through each of the examples in the supplementary definition video. We Need to Teach Kids How to Be Skeptical of the Internet The internet is a beautiful escape, the world's most wide-reaching communication device, the biggest business ever conceived, and a leveler of who has the tools to create art. But it’s also a perfectly-honed propaganda machine that bounces back our biases so often it’s become a hazard to the future. According to a year-long study from Stanford researchers, the inability of young students to tell “fake news” from real news is alternately “dismaying,” “bleak,” and a “threat to democracy.” If the children are the future, the future looks bleak. Stanford came to these conclusions after having more than 7,800 middle school, high school, and college-age students evaluate articles, tweets, and comments. The results were depressing.

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A great website for listening practice - DreamreaderDreamreader I hope you are all enjoying the lessons on dreamreader.net. I know many of you use them to help your learners improve their reading skill or to practice for an English examination like the TOEFL. I have written recently about how to use the materials in writing and speaking classes. I have also heard from teachers who are using the audio for listening practice. How to create stop-motion animation at home Stop-motion animation is a visual storytelling form that conjures up the illusion of movement by combining art, motion and metaphor to convey an idea. It’s also really fun to create, as 100+ first-time animators recently discovered during a workshop led by the TED-Ed Animation team. Ready to create your own stop-motion animation at home? Here are a few suggestions from TED-Ed Animators to help you get started: Start with the basics.

How to boost your students’ vocabulary whilst creating a positive learning environment Introduction The validity of Stephen Krashen’s Affective-filter hypothesis as a theory has been discounted by many a scholar, mainly due to its unfalsifiability. However, it is undeniable that a positive and enjoyable learning environment in which the students feel safe, respected, validated, liked and listened to by their teacher and peers, benefits language acquisition in many ways, both in terms of motivation and in reducing learner anxiety – the number-one inhibitor of language learning according to much research. Claudio Sanchez Predictions For What Will Happen In Education In 2017 : NPR Ed NPR Ed's Claudio Sanchez gives us his top five education predictions for 2017. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption toggle caption

Teach Past Simple Tense With Michael Rosen Rap Rate this post: [Total: 11 Average: 2.1] I have already shared many materials to teach the past simple tense here. You can find activities to teach irregular verbs, a great post on teaching questions in the past simple tense and a post on teaching negative in the past simple tense. Ten Issues Capturing the Minds of Educators This Year - 2 clicks Every year there are some topics and conversations that grab readers’ attention more than others. In 2016, MindShift readers engaged most often and deeply with stories about the tricky job of motivating learners, especially when circumstances like poverty, learning differences and trauma complicate classroom dynamics. Educators are looking for ways to reach all facets of the complicated learners that sit in their classrooms, diving deeply into research about self-control, mindfulness programs and teaching strategies to give students structures for their thinking. And, since educating a child is a partnership between schools, families and communities, many classroom teachers and parents alike are increasingly concerned about the role parents play in nurturing and supporting students. Motivating students is a perennially difficult aspect of teaching, so it’s no wonder that there is robust interest in the neuroscience behind motivation. Katrina Schwartz

Grammar Auction: Turn grammar review into a game – tekhnologic This is not a new activity and you can find several descriptions of a grammar auction online. You may find these descriptions Grammar Auctions useful: Clare Lavery describes a Grammar Auction for teachingenglish.org.uk. Bjorn Norstrom describes a Grammar Auction for Dave’s ESL café’s idea cookbook. Alex Case suggests some variations on Grammar Auctions for TEFL.net. What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting) : NPR Ed Annelise Capossela for NPR Erika Christakis' new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: Play. That's because, she writes, "the distinction between early education and official school seems to be disappearing." If kindergarten is the new first grade, Christakis argues, preschool is quickly becoming the new kindergarten. And that is "a real threat to our society's future."

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges Amidst the discussions about content standards, curriculum and teaching strategies, it’s easy to lose sight of the big goals behind education, like giving students tools to deepen their quantitative and qualitative understanding of the world. Teaching for understanding has always been a challenge, which is why Harvard’s Project Zero has been trying to figure out how great teachers do it. Some teachers discuss metacognition with students, but they often simplify the concept by describing only one of its parts — thinking about thinking.

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