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A Task-based approach This article also links to the following activity.Try - Speaking activities - Task-based speaking - planning a night out Present Practice ProduceThe problems with PPPA Task-based approachThe advantages of TBLConclusion Present Practice Produce (PPP) During an initial teacher training course, most teachers become familiar with the PPP paradigm. A PPP lesson would proceed in the following manner. First, the teacher presents an item of language in a clear context to get across its meaning.

Best Presentation Software: A Visual Comparison Guide Have you been looking for a presentation software that will help you stand out from run-of-the-mill PowerPoint presentations? Or an online solution that will help you collaborate with team members and design stunning slide decks in a fraction of the time it takes with traditional tools? If so, we’ve researched some of the best presentation software options out there and visually compared them so that you can choose the ideal one for your specific needs. What is Presentation Software? For the sake of achieving an objective comparison, we should first define the term presentation software. The Top Ten Things I Wish I'd Known as a First-Year Teacher I blame the following for my nearly month-long blogging hiatus: -State standardized testing -Applying to grad school (%**@IFHDJFD#%*#@RE$$W) -Crossfit -Promptly quitting Crossfit three weeks later and taking up running in the morning at 5:15 -Deciding to coach soccer

Google Slides - create and edit presentations online, for free. One account. All of Google. Sign in to continue to Slides Find my account Forgot password? Sign in with a different account Create account 5 Common Back-to-School Mistakes Teachers Regret All Year It was sometime around October when my principal called me into his office & sat me down for a chat. “Do you know what’s happening behind your back?” he asked me. Critical Thinking: Basic Questions & Answers To think well is to impose discipline and restraint on our thinking-by means of intellectual standards — in order to raise our thinking to a level of "perfection" or quality that is not natural or likely in undisciplined, spontaneous thought. The dimension of critical thinking least understood is that of "intellectual standards." Most teachers were not taught how to assess thinking through standards; indeed, often the thinking of teachers themselves is very "undisciplined" and reflects a lack of internalized intellectual standards. Question: Could you give me an example? Paul: Certainly, one of the most important distinctions that teachers need to routinely make, and which takes disciplined thinking to make, is that between reasoning and subjective reaction.

5 Activities to Make Your PowerPoint More Engaging A few days ago on the Teaching English – British Council Facebook page there was a discussion about PowerPoint – Do you love it or hate it? The discussion linked to an article by Rob Lewis who talked about ways PowerPoint could be used in class. In an earlier post he also wrote about the good points and bad points of PowerPoint. I thought that it was an interesting discussion overall and I enjoyed reading other teachers’ opinions. Most people would agree that PowerPoint is just a tool and that the way you use it determines whether it is useful or not. The people who love it, love it because it is easy to use and a convenient way to show pictures in the classroom.

Are Your Students Engaged? Don’t Be So Sure By David Price It might be time we re-thought student engagement. Are we measuring the right things? Are we taking disengagement seriously enough? January is a time for resolutions. How to make a good (or bad) presentation This semester I'm teaching three classes on presentation for undergraduates at my university in Japan. On the second day, I have students share with the class what they think are the elements of a good presentation and what they think are the kinds of things that make for a bad or ineffective presentation. Students may still be quite young, but they have sat through years of classes in school and lectures in college, sat through orientation meetings, and they have seen many kinds of presentations online such as TED talks over the years, so students actually do have quite a bit of experience with various kinds of presentations. I use a slide like this or just write something similiar on the whiteboard. "Think about the best and the worst presentations you have ever seen.

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students Anxiety is a huge barrier to learning and very difficult for educators to identify. “When anxiety is fueling the behavior, it’s the most confusing and complicated to figure out,” Minahan said. That’s because a student isn’t always anxious; it tends to come and go based on events in their lives, so their difficulties aren’t consistent. 9 PowerPoint Mistakes to Avoid for Perfect Presentations The good news is you can prevent your audience from hating your next presentation! Let’s review the most common mistakes people make when preparing and giving a PowerPoint presentation. Knowing these recurrent blunders gives you a leg up, and helps you nail your next important talk. Perhaps the biggest mistake people make in presentations is overloading every slide with text.

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners Kathy Perez has decades of experience as a classroom educator, with training in special education and teaching English language learners. She also has a dynamic style. Sitting through her workshop presentation was like being a student in her classroom. She presents on how to make the classroom engaging and motivating to all students, even the most reluctant learners, while modeling for her audience exactly how she would do it. The experience is a bit jarring because it’s so different from the lectures that dominate big education conferences, but it’s also refreshing and way more fun. Perez says when students are engaged, predicting answers, talking with one another and sharing with the class in ways that follow safe routines and practices, they not only achieve more but they also act out less.

Webinar: Games or Gamification… What’s Right For You? In this week’s webinar, we had our friends from The Game Agency stop by to discuss several game mechanics from their interactive gaming library and identify how to most effectively pair them with your learning objectives to improve learning outcomes. They announced the release of a new game that is being added to the Training Arcade and showed how easy it is to build games in The Training Arcade. You can learn more about implementing a Training Arcade game into your eLearning in another webinar we did not too long ago. 6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns ShareTwittPin Teach The Way The Brain Learns by Ramona Persaud When you’re standing in front of a classroom of students who’re not quite sure they even want to be in your class, much less pay attention to what’s being said, things like neuroscience, research studies, and teaching the way the brain learns are an abstraction. Yet, brain-targeted teaching can engage and excite students because it taps into factors that stimulate the brain, grab the attention, and set the stage for learning. Dr.

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