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Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey
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Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles 7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing October 24th, 2013 | High school NOW THAT Pinterest has been around awhile, it’s hard to believe not everyone is on the bandwagon. Are you? For homeschoolers, Pinterest is so much more than a place to gather recipes and decorating ideas . . . it’s a smorgasbord of teaching tips! Some time ago, I posted 8 writing ideas from Pinterest. 1. Part of preparing teens for college is teaching good note taking skills during high school. 2. If your teen plans to go to college, it’s a given that the various applications will contain essay questions. 3. How can you encourage your high schooler when he feels stuck? 4. Ideally, students should thoroughly edit and revise their essays before submitting a final draft. 5. You don’t have to be a little kid to enjoy playing with words! 6. Do you have an artistic teen? 7. 119 Journal Prompts for Teens This post offers 119 writing prompts that will especially appeal to teens. Your Turn: What’s your favorite high school writing activity from Pinterest?

Tools to Motivate Your Students Motivational Tools Motivating students to listen and learn and remain on task is not an easy thing to do. All teachers, of course, hope to present lessons so engaging and exciting that students intrinsically want to behave and learn, but in the real classroom, you’ll often find that you also need a little something extrinsic to motivate reluctant or restless learners. At those times, you might consider the use of a reward system. Implementing reward systems can be tricky, however, and they require careful thought. The first step in developing a successful reward system is to determine your goals. The concept of rewards involves using an extrinsic incentive (the reward) to encourage certain actions and behaviors from students. The three programs below are designed to address individual student behavior. Red Tickets: This system encourages class participation and offers everyone an opportunity to get a little something special. Path to Incentives: This path can take any shape you’d like.

Nik's Learning Technology Blog Beautiful Word Clouds Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine My Favorite Websites for Teaching English Poem Hunter will provide you with the poems from any number of poets. I use it all the time. Whenever I need to find a poem it is the first place I look. It has short bios on a ton of well known poets along with online texts of their writings. is a website that allows students to make cooler versions of power points. Purdue Owl is a great resource with a wide variety of writing tips. 6 + 1 Writing Traits is a well known writing, teaching and assessment framework. Writing Fix and English Companion are websites that have a ton of resources for teaching writing and reading. Finally, Grammar Bytes has a wealth of grammar activities to help reinforce grammar rules with yours students.

Tech Tools for Teachers By Nik Peachey Tech expert Nik Peachey presents an invaluable series on using technology in the classroom. If you’re already tech-savvy, this series will give you a whole host of new ideas and suggestions; if you’re not yet comfortable with using new technology in your teaching, Nik’s help and advice will get you started in no time. There’s an ancient Chinese proverb which is sometimes also referred to as a curse, but it’s one that I like because it is very relevant to us as teachers today: “May you live in interesting times.” As educationalists, we do live in very interesting times and that can be either a curse or a blessing depending on how you feel about the role of technology in education and the degree to which you are willing to engage with it. Personally, I feel that it’s a blessing and that we are very lucky to be living in times that offer us the opportunity to radically change and improve the way we educate our students. Each instalment will give you: Getting Started Nik Peachey

Videos Digital literacies 5: Remix in the classroom | e-Moderation Station “Remix? What’s that got to do with English language teachers? Our job to teach language, not mess around with digital stuff…” Giving regular workshops about digital literacies, this is a reaction that I often get when we talk about remix literacy, arguably one of the more complex of the literacies. But let’s back up here. What is remix literacy? Cast your mind back to 1977 (if you’re old enough). This is remix. Understanding remix often means understanding the cultural norms or themes that are being teased out, played with or subverted. Remix in the classroom An example of an image meme that became fairly well-known and has had a considerable shelf life is ‘Keep calm and carry on’, usually accompanied by the image of the crown of the Queen of England (for the background to this meme see here). Keep calm and evade the policeKeep calm and call BatmanKeep calm and fake a British accentKeep calm and …arrghhhh Remix: an image meme lesson Nicky Hockly The Consultants-E May 2013

Digital literacies 4: Teens & social networks | e-Moderation Station Photo by Nico Cavallotto A few years back my daughter (then aged 14) told me she was going out. To meet a friend at lunchtime. I asked who. A Facebook friend she didn’t know. I’m not the only parent who’s experienced this. But we need to keep things in perspective. Although digital literacies are now present (on paper at least) in educational curricula around the world, I don’t see much evidence of it being operationalised in the classroom, at least not in the state schools where I live. As English language teachers, we are very well placed to help develop our students’ (and our own) digital literacies through the medium of English. How? Activity: Online scenarios – Teens & social networks 1. 2. Pros: keep in touch with friendsmeet new peopleshare links, photos, videos, newspractise English… Cons: people post too oftenpeople post photos or videos of you without permissionmalicious gossip or bullyingmisunderstandings can easily ariseunknown friends may not be who they seemspam and viruses…

On Purpose (pt. 1): Help High School Students Appreciate Rich Literature - By Sabrina Justison on 17 February 2014 / High School Language Arts / 0 Comment Teenagers don't automatically love good books. Some of them need help to learn to read for more than basic comprehension. Last summer I taught a workshop called "Helping High School Students Relate to Classic Literature." It is often difficult to share our love for books with our high school students as we homeschool during the teen years. As readers, we can choose to develop a degree of relationship with the characters in the story, the experiences they have, and the author who created them. For some readers this is obvious, but for those reluctant readers it needs to be taught. “You know, you're not going to naturally be drawn to every book you read. Reading "tough books" requires our children to work. * Tell your kids about the first time you encountered the story. * What was your first reaction to the book? * Allow your children to reach conclusions for themselves. Related Posts: No Related Posts

Try this: Why it's a dog's life in China | Education | Guardian Weekly Dogs can unite or divide a classroom. Some people love them while others can definitely live without them, which is why this article from the Guardian website about keeping dogs as pets in China caught my eye. It is a great article to build a lesson around as it's a topic which students can easily relate to and because it explores a number of controversial issues about which students are likely to have an opinion. Better still, there is also an audio version of this article available so you can combine reading and listening practice. Find more audio content on the Guardian's new Audio Edition. Before reading Image: The photograph accompanying the article (above) is quite strong. Headline: Part of the headline "Sold for £1m – or stolen and sold as meat" could also be used to get students predicting what they think the article may be about. Prompts: Lead into the topic by asking students what strange things they have eaten or if there is any animal they would never eat. Comprehension skills

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