Feb 18, 2017
E-Learning/CALL 671 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
Young Learners 707 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
Teacher Training 515 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 19, 2017
Tutoring/Home School 420 Views
Last year my son, in preparing for a science degree, realised that if he was to achieve his goal, he would need to be reasonably proficient at maths. After a brief attempt to brush up on the recommended syllabus for the university course of his choice, he downed tools, lamenting loudly that he would never be able to do this because “I am just no good at maths”.
Now, as a teenager, I remember struggling with maths throughout high school. These days however, at the tender age of 50, I consider myself mathematically proficient. So, what happened to me between high school and adulthood that resulted in my transformation from maths recalcitrant to someone who is not rendered paralysed and sweaty by anything more complicated than two plus two? Has the passage of time increased my intelligence?
Sadly, I am no more intelligent now than I was in high school. My attitude towards learning, however, has changed. Somewhere along the line, as I worked through my bachelor degree, I realised ...
by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Feb 20, 2017
Career Development 480 Views
Resist the Push to Follow the Crowd
The greatest obstacle to effective and successful teaching doesn’t lie outside the profession, but within the profession. Over my almost 30 years of teaching, half as an elementary teacher, and the other half as a university professor, I have been constantly bombarded by other teachers meaning to stifle my voice. I recall during my first elementary teaching job the principal telling me that he admired my resolve at not giving into peer pressure to “follow the crowd.” At the time, I was not exactly sure I knew what he meant. It wasn’t until years later, after many fellow teachers constantly trying to enforce on me THEIR brand of teaching, that I realized what he meant.
Colleagues have often said to me that I was doing “my thing,” however, since accepting God early in my teen years; I have made it a daily practice to ask Him what I should or should not be doing, so that I was being obedient to him (Ps. 37:5-7). God has never let me down, but instead, ...
Candidates often face a lot of difficulty in OET reading sub-test. This happens because they do not pay more attention to some essentials required to pass through it. It should be mentioned here that reading skills required to get through are needed to be developed. In this article, we have talked about what candidates can do to improve their skills to get their desired grade in their OET reading sub-test.
Get yourself acquainted with the basics of reading
Reading for pleasure and reading for profession are two different things. When you read for pleasure, for instance, a novel or a short story book then you may not pay more attention to all minor details. You may not pay more attention to difficult words which you may come across and may not care to look for their meaning. Generally, meaning would be deducted through given contexts. But when you read for profession then it is essential to pay details to all minor and major details. It would be required to understand what the text ...