Jun 27, 2016
Teaching Methodology 88 Views
The following reflection on education is inspired by the work of Paulo Freire, an educator I greatly admire, as a fellow pedagogue and human rights advocate.
This Brazilian educator postulated a different kind of learning experience would be a key factor to liberate the oppressed rural masses from the control of the oppressor's education system. He viewed this system as perpetuating their servile and subservient condition.
According to Freire, the simple truth was that the education of the "oppressed" and the education of the "oppressor" should not be the same, as their experiences of everyday life were not rooted in the same tangible reality.
He believed, as I do, that Education must reflect the reality of the learner, if not, it won't come from a place of significance, it won't be a source of empowerment, and belonging.
In his book, La Pedagogia del Oprimido, (the pedagogy of the oppressed) Freire talks about literacy as the path for people to find their own humanity and be able to ...
Jun 27, 2016
Other 88 Views
We understand the title might not sound right to some. After all, the general belief is that education is extremely important and a must in today's world. So how can anyone even question its importance?
Well, as always, there seems to be many misconceptions about the importance of education. While everyone, ranging from the poor people living on streets to the ultra rich believes that education is a must in the modern world, many seem to be mistaking education for something that simply involves getting good grades.
A very detailed example explaining the current situation
Confused? Let us explain. Assume you're given a book that has a lot of highly complicated and extremely difficult-to-understand information about the planets of our solar system. Though you find it extremely boring, you try reading and understanding the information simply because you're told that you will be made to take a test and based on the results, offered a reward.
So you try your best to learn and remember as ...
I spent years studying the Italian language and leading an Italian social club in Atlanta, Georgia. All along, I was a teacher of English as a second language (ESOL) at various American schools for 21 years. I was later employed in Italy as a teacher of English for Italian students while, in my free time, I wrote articles, poetry, and fiction stories. The purpose of this article is to provide ESOL and TEFL teachers some tips about the challenges that Italian speakers often encounter when learning the English language. Each and every group of people with a unique language background faces its own challenges, but there are specific errors that tend to be made by most Italian learners of English at the beginning and intermediate levels. If not corrected in the early stages, those errors will later be difficult to unlearn.
Until a student reaches an intermediate level of proficiency, it is difficult to explore the literary analysis of English. This is why the first six months focus ...
Jun 27, 2016
Teaching 12 Views
As an education specialist for 30 years, a parent for 29 and a former student for 17 years, one thing I've learned if nothing else, is that we need to walk in someone else's shoes before we can really judge an issue. Here are some ideas (recommendations) from everyone's perspective on ensuring a successful school year for our children.
From a Parent's Perspective:
1. Treat my child like you'd like your own child treated. 2. When I ask questions please don't be so defensive. 3. Talk in an educational language the average parent can understand. 4. Allow me to help in the classroom. 5. Allow me to observe your classroom. 6. Provide me with your classroom expectations. 7. Believe that I know my child better than anyone else. 8. Please don't wait until a few days before report cards to tell me about poor grades or behavior. 9. Don't talk about your political views. Try to stay neutral. 10. Try not to show favoritism.
From a Teacher's Perspective:
1. Please don't make excuses for your ...
In this article instructors learn how to improve students’ reading and writing skills using news stories and the 5 W's of journalism. Students in return write one-page summaries of news stories as a part of their writing assignments.Overview
Reading for EFL students, in general, increases vocabulary, advances writing, and boosts general language proficiency (Nagy & Herman, 1987; Krashen, 1984; Grabe, 1991, respectively). Basically there are two types of reading in teaching EFL, extensive and intensive. Extensive reading involves students reading texts for pleasure and to develop general reading skills. It can be compared with intensive reading, which means reading in detail with definite learning aims and tasks. The significance of reading in the ESL classroom is well known.
Despite the benefits of reading, it is challenging for many students to move from short, intensive passages to longer texts. This is especially true in countries where the grammar-translation method is still ...