Are you a first year teacher? Have you taught in the past and are returning to the classroom? Do you crave knowledge about specific tips and tricks that will help your school year run smoothly? You might be brand new to the education scene or have a few years of teaching under your belt. Either way you can learn from teachers, professors, and educators with years of experience in the field of education.
When I first starting teaching ESL in the 60’s, the Israeli Board of Education was using short story books (“This Wide World”, “New Horizons”) as high school ESL textbooks. Each story was followed by comprehension questions, but no language exercises – teachers were expected to write their own!
Not long ago, a (non ESL) teacher/friend noticed the term ‘graded material’ in an article and asked me: What? Are ESL teachers expected to grade (mark) their material as well as their students? Graded material, as any ESL teacher knows, is material...
Teachers are always trying to figure out different ways to come up with an assignment to make their students imagine. A great way to add a different twist to the imagination assignment is to bring in a Kinetic Picture. There is such an array of décor items that anything can be made up.
For many of our students, the classroom is the focal point of their English exposure. It is the base of where, when, why and how they speak English. The physical appearance of the classroom in itself is very important. And because of its importance, I am often amazed at how many English classrooms in Japan lack stimulating visual English materials.
Do we - English language teachers - get more varied resources satisfying the needs of niche learning groups?
Children love folktales and fables. With their simple characters and settings, as well as an enticing conflict early in the story, folktales immediately grab a reader’s attention.
As a higher education administrator, you need to stay up to date on all of the latest in technological innovations: it is a guarantee that your students are, and your faculty probably is as well! Although Power Point presentations aren't new and you've been using them for a long time, there are ways to make them work better.
In support of growing environmental concerns, the federal government and many states are funding green schools. Many of these eco-friendly schools are experimenting with everything from solar and wind energy sources, recycled building materials, and natural lighting to using green products and pesticides, implementing energy efficient technology and incorporating environmental issues in curriculum.
Preparing a classroom each fall can be exciting, but also a little overwhelming. If you are a new teacher or have been teaching for several years, new ideas are always helpful. One of the main subjects teachers always want ideas on is classroom organization.