Feb 8, 2016 Writing 2452 Views
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Feb 8, 2016 Classroom Management 4770 Views
This is not a new concept, in the early 1900's Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, educator and innovator, established her well-known educational method. As a psychiatrist, with an interest in education she approached this method with the awareness that children will learn what they need to on their own. This makes sense, if you think about it on an instinctual level, in order to survive, learning is essential. And failure is our best teacher.
Our pupils need a space that is set up to enhance their learning, not meet our teaching demands. But what about the demands they place on the teacher to have every child meeting every learning standard by whatever date they deem necessary? I've never met a teacher that agrees with this demand. However, I see classroom teachers scrambling to cram in this ...
Feb 9, 2016 Teaching 3145 Views
Technological changes are taking place in geometric progression. The moral and social environment in which our youth used to live and get educated three-to-four generations before can now hardly be said to have any major similarity with the modern educational, social environment. The youth of today appears to be under a spell of a specific kind of stress resulting specifically from unconsciously trying to find rhythm and co-ordination between their social requirements and the needs of the present-day multi-dimensional education. Different types of experiments taking place in the field of technology have, without us being aware of it, generated ...
Feb 9, 2016 Pronunciation/Phonics 2625 Views
Unique in a mix of sounds and intonation, an accent can be an aural delight to the listener. Often he or she will stare at the speaker quizzically, and in some cases smile and even comment with something such as, "What an interesting accent you have!"
What is really going on in that exchange considering the speaker and listener have their own unique accents? Every person has a specific speech pattern within the first language, based on how and where the language was acquired; and it's usually part of regional, cultural, and personal identity. That is deemed a regional accent or regional dialect. Moreover, when a person takes on an additional language, there's usually a degree of overlay of the first language onto the second, which creates a foreign accent. A close linguistic examination might reveal the person's origins, language experiences, and even socio-economic and educational background. While it does not ...
Feb 9, 2016 TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 2579 Views
As a psychometric assessment, English language proficiency testing customarily consists of either TOEIC or TOEFL.
Professional Career English Assessment - International Business English:
The 'Test of English for International Communication' ("TOEIC") is an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment.
On the other hand, the 'Test of English as a Foreign Language' ("TOEFL") is a standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers wishing to enroll in U.S. universities.
Academic English Assessment for college admissions:
Enhance your TOEFL score with a TOEFL Sample Test
Similarly as with TOEFL, the TOEFL sample test, (Test of English as a Foreign Language), is utilized to gauge English dialect capability.
The utilization of English as the ...
Feb 20, 2016 Learning Methodology 3448 Views
Don't get me wrong, change is good, technology is good, and yes, social media is good. What's not good about these things is the lack of physical- social interaction skills we practice in order to get through the day. The lack of problem-solving skills we practice because our phone does it for us. Not to mention the "havoc" that we reap on our entire sensory system from all the "screen time" that we log.
What Do 21 Century Learners Look Like?
Over the past ten years of my personal experience as a Reading Interventionist, I have seen the classroom dynamic shift. Ten years ago, there was one, maybe two students that needed to be ...
Feb 20, 2016 Writing 3010 Views
Differentiation focuses on what students need to know and be able to do
Just as it focuses on what students already know and are able to do. Differentiation also recognizes that there may be gaps in past learning and so materials and techniques are combined to fill those gaps. Think of this as rebar and cement re-enforcement, not sand and a dab of paste. Differentiation accepts that some students already know what they need to know and be able to do at their current level of education and then creates scaffolding, challenges, and adventures to let that learning soar while also accepting that students learn at different paces and that sometimes "One ...
Feb 21, 2016 Speaking/Listening 2798 Views
These days without the Luxury of friends and acquaintances to play with, I have resorted to downloading the game onto my laptop. Right now I have graduated to playing with the champion having passed the level of playing with the expert and the pro. I usually inflict defeat on the champion just as it does to me. My dream is to very soon ...
Feb 21, 2016 Classroom Management 3603 Views
Many schools are implementing a behavior plan that includes five positive interventions by a teacher before s/he directly reprimands a student. So if Susie does not bring her book, a clear and necessary expectation for learning, I have the idea ...
Feb 21, 2016 Learning Methodology 2990 Views
The good news is that we have, in fact, learned a great deal in the past few decades about how the brain goes about committing new knowledge and skills to long-term memory. The bad news? Much of this information is sitting in obscure journals on dusty library shelves and sitting on websites only visited by cognitive scientists, psychologists, and neuroscientists.
For many of us in education--those of us who need this information to inform our daily work with students--some of this information may just as well have never been discovered, since so little of it has made its way into mainstream education channels and teacher training institutions. But never fear; in this article, and those to come in the next few weeks, I will tackle all of this complexity and break it down for you in ways that will allow you to ...