We Aren’t a Class, We Are a Community! 8 Ways to Get Children Excited about Learning with You! “If you think of learning as a path, you can picture yourself walking beside her rather than either pushing or dragging or carrying her along.” ~ Polly Berrien Berends The first month of school is critical for laying down the foundations for a successful learning journey with children. During the first month of school, we need to make connections with learners and welcome them into our community. We need to show them we look forward to their unique contributions and help those who feel they don’t have anything to offer discover what they can contribute.
ESL for Young Learners - by Marama Carmichael - R.I.C. Publications R.I.C. Publications > Class ideas K-3 > ESL for Young Learners – by Marama Carmichael The teaching of ESL early primary students is an aspect of teaching that is not often considered. Pronunciation Pronunciation Lessons Intonation - Intonation is the rising and falling sounds of the voice when speaking. Intonation (Part 2) - Phrasing - In addition to the intonation of a statement, there is another aspect of speech that indicates meaning -- phrasing. Intonation (Part 3) - Contrast - Once the intonation of new information is established, you'll soon notice that there is a pattern that breaks that flow. When you want to emphasize one thing over another, you reflect this contrast with pitch change.
A Beautiful Beginning: 10+ Tips & Resources for Creating a Safe Classroom Environment “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” Goethe For many of us, the first day of our new classes is right around the corner. For many students starting classes is frightening. Our learners will be meeting new teachers and students.
Some Great Tools for Transcribing Audio and Videon Content May 27, 2015 Transcription softwares can be costly and hard to operate. This is particularly the case with those pro tools employed to transcribe lengthy audio and video recordings. Researchers use them to transcribe their data into textual input for analytical purposes. Examples of such tools are provided in at the end of this post. For teachers and educators looking for simple and easy to use transcription tools, we would suggest the following: automated speech to text apps or audio players designed for transcription works. 1- Automated Speech to Text apps
Manifesto for Conference Presenters Dear presenters, We are your audience. We came from every corner of the globe to watch YOU. Not anyone else. From a comprehensive range of options, YOU were the elected. Show confidence, even when you are shaking inside. Cultivate Relationships Posted by Shelly Terrell on Friday, November 16th 2012 Goal 21: Cultivate Relationships of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” ~ Galileo Classrooms are communities. Educators should be supported in taking the time to implement community building tasks in order for a classroom to be a successful community that learns, collaborates, and works together. 800 FREE Speaking Worksheets Learning to speak a new language is definitely a challenge. It’s very difficult for your students to do if they don’t practice on a regular basis. Luckily, you need to look no further because BusyTeacher.org has the tools to help your students practice their speaking - and want to do it, too! Let’s face it, students aren’t always jumping for joy at the opportunity to speak a language they aren’t 100 percent comfortable with. Students can be hesitant to speak for a wide variety of reasons - fear of mistakes, peer pressure, or lack of self-confidence are some of the main factors.
SoundCloud+QR Codes=A Gallery of Students' Voices - Getting Smart by @JohnHardison1 - Email Share February 15, 2013 - by John Hardison 15 Email Share For a multitude of reasons, teaching in today’s time is nothing short of exciting. One such reason for so much enthusiasm is the availability of educational technology. It seems every day I discover a new technology tool that offers to enhance, structure, or assess a lesson plan. 10+ Getting to Know You Activities for Teens & Adults “It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.” ~ Milton Olson Many of us are beginning new classes with new learners. The first days of class are very important for helping our students begin to build relationships with their peers. Getting to know you activities are fun and help us ensure we have a semester full of lasting memories. For teenagers, it is a great way of preventing problems, such as bullying and cliques as teens find it more difficult to be consistently mean to a friend versus a stranger.
Speaking aids Probably you agree that these little things make a lot of difference and it is with good reason why people spend time, money and energy to get the right small objects to help them put themselves and their loved ones into the right mood. Why use speaking aids Post-it notes Walls Coloured paper Small objects To control turn-taking As metaphors Conclusion Why use speaking aids In contrast, we often expect that our students have the right mood to speak without having anything that would help them to be in the right mood to speak, or any prompt that would help the flow of ideas. These small prompts or small speaking aids get especially important when children get into the age when they want to speak about themselves more than e.g. about the little animals or fairies in a tale.