Voices from the iTDi Community 2 – Victor Hugo Victor Hugo Rojas B. is a teacher trainer and educator with more than 26 years of experience. He is associate professor of the Didactics of TEFL at U.N.E. He currently lives and works in Lima, Peru. He is passionate about language teacher training and development, and learning technologies. He believes, fervently so, that teachers must be trained through teaching practice, facing challenges, and creating new methodologies. What are you passionate about, Victor Hugo? I am really an ambitious and critical educator who tries to be outstanding. I am also passionate about integrating technologies in teacher training and teacher development courses. How and why did you become a teacher? I think that I am a born teacher. When I was a child and teenager, I used to play teacher with my brother, sister and cousins. What are you most interested in right now, Victor Hugo? Actually, I am most interested in becoming an online mentor of novice and experienced English teachers worldwide.
Mexican Place Mats Thanks to Darren for sharing this craft idea with us! This craft offers children an opportunity to learn the basic of weaving -- it's a great project for themes other than Mexico as well (just use the colours that go with the season or theme you are doing). You can make a larger version to use as a Mexican blanket or Poncho. Materials: scissors, glue, ruler pencil, one 18" x 12" piece of construction paper. - this larger piece will become the background color for the placemat 16 strips of construction paper in a single color or multiple colors - these strips should be 1 inch wide by 12 inches long Optional: clear contact paper. Instructions: Take the large piece of construction paper and fold it in half across the width. Weave the one inch strips through the loom. Print friendly version of these instructions
Quandary Home Page Quandary is an application for creating Web-based Action Mazes. An Action Maze is a kind of interactive case-study; the user is presented with a situation, and a number of choices as to a course of action to deal with it. On choosing one of the options, the resulting situation is then presented, again with a set of options. Working through this branching tree is like negotiating a maze, hence the name "Action Maze". Action mazes can be used for many purposes, including problem-solving, diagnosis, procedural training, and surveys/questionnaires. Quandary is only available for Windows (although it also works perfectly on Wine under Linux). The Quandary site has now been moved to the University of Victoria.
Not All Bad Ideas Are Created Equal Some say ideas are everything. Others say ideas are cheap. David Lynch says ideas are fish. The upper right zone is the promised land, the intersection of "functional" and "well-structured" ideas where everything from "genius" to "interesting" lies. What the chart doesn’t capture, of course, is that ideas are motile, evolving creatures. McCandless’s chart is a work in progress, an idea itself. [via Information Is Beautiful; top image: Margo Harrison/Shutterstock]
Education World: The Reading Room EducationWorld wants to help you turn your students into the best readers possible. To do that, we have compiled the "Reading Room" a huge list of articles and activities designed to help you teach reading. We start with research-based concepts, ready-to-use tools, and extensions for learning provided by our own "Reading Coach." After that, we have all sorts of useful tools including scripts for reading aloud in the classroom along with other resources. Tying Read Alouds to Standards This list of suggested activities and strategies will help you make every read aloud count, and assure your principal that you are focused on meeting standards. Glimpses Into Read-Aloud Classrooms Merely inviting students to contribute verbally when you read aloud to them isnt enough. Using Micro-Text to Teach Writing In education, micro-texts refer to small, targeted bits of a book, essay, poem, newspaper, online publication, or other text. Making the Most of Guided Reading: Researchers Irene C. Nutrition
EclipseCrossword - the fast, easy, and FREE way to create crossword puzzles in minutes Lexipedia - Where words have meaning Kids Love English: Parts of the House Just yesterday, February 23rd, I started a new online course - "Becoming a Blended Learning Designer" on Canvas Network. I'm really excited about it, for it is a challenge I need to face as an EFL and a Teacher Development Course teacher working with this model. Let the challenge begin.The main aspect of this week 1 reading “Understanding Blended Learning” is, for me, the idea of connectivism, which gives special emphasis on the importance of sharing information, ideas, resources, and networks. In my EFL teaching context, with a Teacher Development Course group, enforcing this concept among my students seems to be fundamental.
Hot Potatoes Home Page Free Visual English Dictionary and Thesaurus | Discover meaning Toddler Art with Items found in Nature - happy hooligans Nature faces: Creating toddler art with items found in nature. Set out, with your kids, on a nature hunt in your yard or neighbourhood, and make art with the garden treasures that you collect along the way! Leaves, flowers, seed pods and twigs can all be used to create these adorably goofy nature faces. There’s something about looking for treasures that turns an ordinary walk around the neighbourhood into something exciting and magical. This morning, we set off with buckets-in-hand to collect an assortment of grasses, flowers, leaves, buds, and maple keys. Back home, I cut some ovals out of cardboard, spread our goodies out on the mat, and the Hooligans got down to work. The older Hooligans had a great grasp on where to glue their eyes, noses and mouths to make their faces, but to make sure the little ones ended up with something that looked like a face, I helped them lightly mark 2 eyes, a nose and a mouth on their cardboard. Aren’t these sweet? [jetpack_subscription_form]
List of Interactive Quizzes The quizzes with a magenta marble are also listed within the section or digital handout to which they apply. The twenty-one quizzes with a green marble and designated "Practice" have been adapted from the instructor's manual and other ancillary materials accompanying Sentence Sense: A Writer's Guide. The seventeen quizzes with a gold marble were written by the English faculty at an estimable midwestern university and are used here with the permission of that department. The ten quizzes with a red marble were prepared by students in Professor Karyn Hollis's Tutor Training course at Villanova University. Clicking on the NUMBER immediately before the quiz's name will take you to the section of the Guide pertaining to the grammatical issue(s) addressed in that quiz. Clicking on the Guide's logo at the top of a quiz-page will bring you back to this page.