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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most
I am an English teacher, so my ears perk up when writers talk about their process. I've found the advice handy for lesson planning, too. That's because both writing and planning deal with craft. In writing, you want your audience to be absorbed. You want them to care about your characters. You want them be delighted by the suspense. John Irving, the author of The Cider House Rules, begins with his last sentence: I write the last line, and then I write the line before that. That is the crux of lesson planning right there -- endings and beginnings. The eight minutes that matter most are the beginning and endings. Here are eight ways to make those eight minutes magical. Beginnings 1. YouTube reaches more 18- to 34-year-olds than any cable channel. 2. If you want to create a safe space for students to take risks, you won't get there with a pry bar. 3. Toss a football around the class before you teach the physics of a Peyton Manning spiral. 4. Endings 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Mysteries VOCABULARY AROUND THE GENRE - Definitions: matching exercises - Drag and drop exercises on Criminals - Crosswords: Crime by Pascal Lapierre , ac-nantes LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER, Roald Dahl SILENT NIGHT, Mary Higgins Clark - Bac 2003: Written Comprehension How to Engage Students in the First few Minutes I have a wonderful friend who is currently a student teacher. I absolutely love chatting to her about her experiences and questions, as she challenges me to reflect on my own practice: to re-evaluate my strategies; to work out what it is I do and why; to tweak what isn’t working. Her questions are always intelligent, thought-provoking and full of exciting curiosity – she is going to make an exceptional teacher.

Why some people find learning a language harder than others Scientists at McGill University in Canada found that if left anterior operculum and the left superior temporal gyrus communicate more with each other at rest, then language learning is easier. "These findings have implications for predicting language learning success and failure," said study author Dr Xiaoqian Chai. For the study, researchers scanned the brains of 15 adult English speakers who were about to begin an intensive 12-week French course, and then tested their language abilities both before and after the course. Participants with stronger connections between the left left anterior operculum and an important region of the brain's language network called the left superior temporal gyrus showed greater improvement in the speaking test.

What's the best, most effective way to take notes? If it feels like you forget new information almost as quickly as you hear it, even if you write it down, that’s because we tend to lose almost 40% of new information within the first 24 hours of first reading or hearing it. If we take notes effectively, however, we can retain and retrieve almost 100% of the information we receive. Learning how to retain information The most effective note-taking skills involve active rather than passive learning.

Drunk, violent, promiscuous... a U.S. view of British youth as seen on the cover of Time Magazine By EMILY ANDREWS Last updated at 10:20 29 March 2008 British youth are violent, drunken and out of control, a leading American magazine concludes today. The front cover of renowned publication Time Magazine depicts a young man in a "hoodie" with mugshots of others across a Union Jack. Its headline reads: "Unhappy, Unloved and Out of Control - An epidemic of violence, crime and drunkenness has made Britain scared of its young." It also pours scorn upon the parenting abilities of the British, claiming they do not spend enough time with their children and cannot cope.

» Teaching English through songs in the digital age – #ELTchat summary 12/01/... This absolutely fantastic summary was contributed by Vicky Saumell on her blog in 4 consective posts which I have merged into one single post. As Viky herself remarks below in her post, it is an amazing collection of resources all shared by you, #ELTchatters! What a fantastic resource this has turned into! And thanks to Vicky for an outstanding job!!! How To Be A Great Teacher, From 12 Great Teachers : NPR Ed Sarah Hagan, a young algebra teacher in rural Oklahoma oil country, stays where she is because her students "deserve better." Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption toggle caption Elissa Nadworny/NPR Sarah Hagan, a young algebra teacher in rural Oklahoma oil country, stays where she is because her students "deserve better."

Collective knowledge construction: four new strategies for learning We all learn through experiences that either confirm or contradict prior understanding thus leading to new knowledge. At the heart of this learning process is a need for learners to both expertly evaluate the implications of the learning experience and identify new questions. It is the role of educators to not only provide a rich environment for this to happen but also to help their students develop the skills to evaluate prior learning experiences and identify potentially beneficial new experiences. In doing so, not only do learners gain experiences crucial for the current project and domain, they also gain the skills necessary to become successful lifelong learners working on new projects in different domains.

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