Katherine Bilsborough: Lesson plans – less is more
You can travel without a list of course but you will avoid a few problems if you spend a bit of time planning – not a whole week though. That would be silly. A few minutes should be enough.
Writing a lesson plan will ensure that you are prepared for your class and will make it run more smoothly. It is important to break the material up into several sections and choose activities suitable for each. Knowing approximately how much time an activity will take is important, but after the first lesson you may need to adjust things accordingly. It is best to be flexible seeing as different classes will respond to material differently. If at any point students struggle, you will have to dedicate more time to instruction or drilling before moving on to practice activities. For the purposes of this example let’s assume that an English class is forty-five minutes long.
How to Be a Better Online Teacher
hether you’ve taught online a lot or a little, chances are you didn’t enjoy it as much as teaching in person. Maybe you didn’t experience that fizz after a particularly invigorating face-to-face class. Indeed, according to a 2017 Educause survey, only 9 percent of academics prefer to teach “in a completely online environment.”
Planning lessons and courses self-study booklet
It forms part of a series of self-study booklets, in which teachers will find useful theory and practice for teaching English effectively, including short case studies and professional development activities to do individually and with colleagues. Featuring a range of engaging and accessible activities, the booklets help teachers to: identify areas for developmentfind a variety of ways to improve their teaching knowledge develop the skills they need in and out of the classroom.
How to Use Mindfulness to Work With Difficult Emotions: A Six Step Process
By Melissa O’Brien There are moments in life that are hard, painful, scary and difficult to endure. There are times when we feel anger, anxiety, grief, embarrassment, stress, remorse or other unpleasant emotions. In these trying times we often want to escape the pain, drown it out or push it away somehow. We may begin a mental struggle with the pain trying to mentally talk our way out of it, or we distract ourselves with activities or drown it out with food or drink or something stronger.
For more remote teaching articles: As many of us are heading into uncharted territory with the recent outbreak of Covid-19 (novel coronavirus), ReadTheory is here to offer your students an opportunity to continue learning while not in school. Social distancing, as well as government-forced school closings, are pushing education online. This is a time when we can accept the challenge of being educators in the 21st century and shift our instruction to online platforms while coming together as a community.
Creative Methods of Assessment in Online Learning - Center for Teaching and Learning
Typically when students and instructors hear the word assessment, they think of a long, arduous exam (or a long, repetitive night of grading!). However, an assessment can be any task or activity that evaluates students’ progress toward your course’s learning outcomes. Traditional examples include papers, projects, reflective journals, group work, quizzes, and much more.
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?
19 Successful Online English Teachers Share Their Tips and Resources for Planning Online Lessons
Thanks to everyone who contributed! I receive A LOT of emails from online teachers (and online teachers to be) about planning; namely, what they should include in their lessons and what resources they should use. As there are many areas of English and different teaching methods, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. What I do and what I use might not work for you and your learners.
Plenary session by Joy Egbert
About the session Engagement principles and practice in classroom learning, language and technology A still-common issue with technology use in language learning is an overly-strong focus on the digital tools and a relatively weak emphasis on actual learning. This technocentric approach may arise, in part, from a lack of clear theoretical grounding for classroom technology use.
The Art of Control
Executive function — our ability to remember and use what we know, defeat our unproductive impulses, and switch gears and adjust to new demands — is increasingly understood as a key element not just of learning but of lifelong success. Researchers at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University describe executive function as an air traffic control system for the mind — helping us manage streams of information, revise plans, stay organized, filter out distractions, cope with stress, and make healthy decisions. Children learn these skills first from their parents, through reliable routines, meaningful and responsive interactions, and play that focuses attention and stirs the beginnings of self-control. But when home is not stable, or in situations of neglect or abuse, executive function skills may be impaired, or may not develop at all, limiting a child’s success in elementary school and later life. Imaginary Play Support it by:
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Teaching Online by Nicky Hockly and Lindsay Clandfield
To celebrate the launch of their new book, Teaching Online, Nicky Hockly and Lindsay Clandfield share their 5 favourite activities for teaching English online. We find that EFL teachers are increasingly expected to offer elements of their courses online, but very often are not sure where to start, or how to teach online. That´s why we wrote Teaching Online – to provide teachers with exactly this sort of guidance. The book has advice about online tools to use, what part(s) of your course you could offer online, and above all, a great set of activities you can use to teach online. By teaching online, we mean that you and your students are doing the activity 100% online and at a distance from each other (not in a computer room together, or using a connected IWB in class!). Here are some of our favourite online teaching activities, and you can find more on our respective blogs (links at the end).
Here are a few suggestions for activities using realia and to consider why we may want to bring things into the class. Why use realia in class? The main advantage of using real objects in the classroom is to make the learning experience more memorable for the learner.