Recently, I wrote about the concerns some teachers had about technology in the classroom as revealed by a Pew Research study, especially the concern that many new technologies serve to distract more than teach. However, this was not their only concern. 71% listed distraction as a concern but another 58% said that new technologies were making it more difficult for students to learn to write well.
My wife teaches at a major university where students are required to write in APA format. She frequently complains about the deplorable grammar students employ as they get tired or draw too close to an important deadline. Their prose begins to take on the qualities of their texting, which be sheer practice has become their default writing style. Even though this may be a university problem, it is easy to see how this trend would extend to the lower grades as well.
48% of teachers said technology actually lowers the quality of homework. It should come as no surprise that students prefer ...
If you're a student who has an iPad and are interested in some apps that you can use to stay organized throughout your school year, pay close attention here.
There are literally hundreds of back-to-school apps available for the iPad. Choosing the best apps to stay organized can be overwhelming. But don't worry.
We've found five powerful applications that can help you learn faster, keep track of your assignments and stay on top of your class. Download them ASAP to your iPad and you're ready to rock at school.
1. Graphic Calculator App - Quick Graph +
Graphic calculators can be expensive and a pain to carry with you whenever you have classes. There's always a chance of you forgetting your calculator and being forced to share it with a friend. Well... you can say goodbye to that with the QuickGraph + iPad Application.
This application transforms your iPad into a powerful graphic calculator with key features such as an equation library, multiple co-ordinate system support, and independent ...
If you have ever been in a classroom environment, you will know that there are times when it is a nightmare. The students won't be listening, they will be chatting over you and if you have younger students, then there could even be screaming.
On those days, teachers are more likely to go home and feel like pulling their hair out, rather than having a sense of helping people and achievement. They will probably feel like giving up. If the teacher is new, then this could break them.
The key to reducing days like this is having complete control over the classroom environment. Some more experienced teachers will say that this comes with making the students know that you are in charge and screaming at the students, but there are other ways. There are teachers out there who have complete control and they haven't raised their voice once.
Those teachers will say that the key to their lesson plan is complete engagement. The students are so focused on their lesson, that they don't have time to ...
A decade ago when I was in graduate school, I could hardly contain my excitement when the time came for taking remedial reading courses. I just couldn't wait to find the answers to questions that had plagued me about why seemingly bright children struggled to learn to read. Imagine my chagrin when I found that the class was preparing me to test, detect learning differences, track reading rates, classify text as to reading level, in short to do everything but successfully teach reading to a non-reader.
Over the past ten years, I have learned about a whole array of classifications for disabilities. There are so many! The impression one could get is that children are becoming more and more broken, and we are developing more and more detailed labels for describing them. What I have not seen, however, is more and more evolved solutions to accompany this highly classified collection of labels. The solutions are what have always interested me!
If we continue to scrutinize the child instead ...
Why are so many EFL Textbooks so bland, boring, and culturally tone-deaf? Allow me to ask a more polite question.
How can English teachers working abroad and international English textbook publishers both respect local cultures and create more engaging English classroom lessons? The challenge may be more complicated than you might suspect.
A long, informative, and detailed exchange on a TESOL list serve recently focused on the peculiar sensitivities of Saudi Arabian students. An experienced American English teacher reported that his Saudi students expressed anger over a paragraph in their writing book. The imported American English language textbook, which has collected considerable critical praise, contained a paragraph celebrating friendships across many countries and religions - including an unpopular democratic rival nation of the Saudi kingdom. Working in a closed, theocratic society where women are banned from driving evidently raises many delicate problems for English teachers, ...
Materials and activities take an important part of most English teaching programs. They are relevant issues of the educational process and teachers rely on a whole range of activities to support a good teaching performance. From textbooks to videos, audio CDs or any sort of support materials, we always need them to guide our students in any context. Although there is a great set of English language teaching materials commercially available, many teachers continue to design their own to be used in their classrooms. Most of us spend time selecting, adapting, working on materials for our classes. For most of us, designing or adapting our own teaching materials enables us to take into account our particular learning environment to overcome the lack of “fit” of the course book.
Commercial hits and average texts are found in the market, most of them covering multiple aspects and ensuring to foster multiple skills and to become the best tool to accomplish the educational goal in a hundred ...
The way you organise your room (where the boards, screens, desks, your table are) can go a long way to setting up an environment for learning and good discipline. Even if it is not your permanent room, you may be able to negotiate with the "owner" changes to the room that will be more to your liking. At worst, you might rearrange the room for each lesson with the help of a group of students at the start and end of the lesson. Keep the following in mind:
1. You must have clear, easy access to your boards and your table.
2. Arrange the students' desks to suit your teaching style or rearrange them to suit your different teaching strategies.
3. Make sure there is easy access to all desks for all students and for you.
4. Movement around your room should be quick and easy.
5. All desks must have clear uninterrupted views of boards, screens and monitors.
6. You will need desks that allow you to separate 'troublemakers' or those who are easily distracted.
7. The position of the teacher's ...
Project Based Learning: A Newspaper Project for High School Students
The purpose of this project is to provide students with different perspectives of learning English as a Second/Foreign language. Moreover, I believe that High School students will be interested in producing a newspaper since this is not a regular traditional classroom activity. For these reasons, teaching English through projects may motivate them and accelerate their language acquisition.
The use of projects in ESL/EFL classrooms is enhanced when students are predisposed to the idea of participating in the project and getting directly involved in the process making. To contribute to the success of the final outcome, the Newspaper issue, the students have to be engaged into the project from the initial stage to the final stage.
Working in collaboration means they are engaged in more communicative tasks and to be more independent learners rather than traditional teacher-oriented activity. By using pair or group work, ...