Feb 18, 2017
Teacher Training 77 Views
I have been considering the decision of Ofsted to stop grading individual lessons during inspections. The reason is understandable - they did not want to give the impression that the impact of teaching, learning and assessment can be condensed into a snapshot of one lesson. This has triggered many providers to evaluate their procedures for judging the quality of their provision with some implementing non graded observations. But is this 'throwing the baby out with the bath water'?
Many words have been written on the effectiveness as well as the detrimental effects on staff of carrying out graded observations. But what must not be forgotten is that, when the approach and focus is right, observations themselves are an integral part of a staff member's continuous professional development.
How to make sure observations really do contribute to improving teaching, learning and assessment? You must ensure the following apply:
1. All staff know the purpose of observing/being observed - a tool ...
Feb 18, 2017
Young Learners 57 Views
Kids are naturally curious as they inquire about their surroundings and the rest of the world. Few children refuse to admire bugs, even going to the extent of picking them up, petting them, and often trying to sneak them into the mouth for a quick flavor check. Kids wonder at sparkling rainbows, gurgling streams, fluttering birds, and flashing stars. Their curiosity grows as older siblings, friends, family, and parents inspire study and discovery. This curiosity is snuffed when this same group is too quick with explanations, thus extinguishing exploration, or with discouragement when it comes to figuring out answers through experimentation and wonder. Some of this tamping down may be a necessity in a burgeoning classroom of students or with harried, exhausted parents racing to meet urgent needs, but it is sad to watch kids slink into "Just give me the answer" mode for the sake of speedy teaching and learning.
To retain and build curious, inquisitive minds we need curious inquisitive ...
Feb 18, 2017
E-Learning/CALL 52 Views
Are young children well suited to the use of technology? Modern technologies are very powerful because they rely on one of the most powerful genetic biases we do have - the preference for visually presented information. The human brain has a tremendous bias for visually presented information. Television, movies, videos, and most computer programs are very visually oriented and therefore attract and maintain the attention of young children. When young children sit in front of television for hours, they fail to develop other perceptions. But the technologies that benefit young children the greatest are those that are interactive and allow the child to develop their curiosity, problem solving and independent thinking skills.
Technology plays a key role in all aspects of American life which will only increase in the future. As technology has become more easy to use, the usage of it by children has simultaneously increased. Early childhood educators have a responsibility to critically ...
Feb 18, 2017
Teaching 74 Views
Having retired from public education after about 35 years in the classroom, I encountered withdrawal and so returned as a volunteer, guest presenter, and college supervisor. There are few thrills greater in life than working with excited teachers and engaged students.
I have discovered that good teachers want to get better; great teachers wish to advance strategies and skills; fantastic teachers want to know and be and do terrific things every day in every way to reach and teach every child. Regardless of the above mentioned category, these teachers want to improve so that their lessons engage students and bring them academic success. Yes, there are a few educators who prefer the status quo, drifting along with the current while trying to avoid stress, strain, or cultivating talents. Fortunately, I know little of these folks as I am not invited into their private realms nor do I necessarily want to go.
Inspired teachers light up the room with motivation and creativity. Students here ...
Feb 10, 2017
TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 102 Views
Speaking Test in IELTS can be intimidating for many of the candidates. In fact, there are many candidates who speak and understand English well but still they do not manage to make good impression on their examiner. They just do not answer question as they should or they should have if it is not IELTS speaking test for them.
Prepare yourself for the Test
You should know what your examiner may ask you. Yes, you should know that. For instance, the examiner may ask you to give you personal introduction and you are expected to answer the question in an effective way, making use of as many words as possible. Given below are the examples of good and bad personal introduction.
Examiner: Can you introduce yourself?
Answer: I am Navid. I have two brothers and one sister. I completed my graduation this year. (bad answer)
Answer: I am Jaffery and I graduated from (name of the university). Science is my forte and this is what I would like to opt for in future too. I am a sports-person…. (good ...