Feb 20, 2016
Writing 3010 Views
For the purpose of this article, integrating writing and differentiation into your classroom, I have designed techniques that meet most writing needs most of the time. Teaching writing and differentiation fluctuate with the student and the assignment, the moment and the timing, but the information that follows provides some insight for you.
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 20, 2016
Learning Methodology 3448 Views
Meeting the needs of all the children in your class seems like a daunting task. Because it is. However, classrooms in the 21st century are demanding this style. In fact, our whole society is demanding it. With the viral spread of technology and social media, the change in our language and ways of communicating is changing the way our education system must look.
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 9, 2016
TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 2579 Views
The action of utilizing English language assessments for a professional or academic career path is as simple as two acronyms.
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 9, 2016
Pronunciation/Phonics 2625 Views
Speak to me only with thine eyes and I will hear every word you say.
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
Teaching 3145 Views
There have been lots of changes in the social and the technological environment the world over and India has not remained untouched and aloof from such changes since Independence. Such changes have also brought with them their macro-effects directly on our society broadly, and micro-effects on each family and individual, especially the youth.
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 8, 2016
Classroom Management 4770 Views
The 21st century classroom should be an environment of student-centered spaces. Good-bye desks! Good-bye front of the room where the teacher stands and the students watch. Hello, change!
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 8, 2016
Writing 2452 Views
Most states require the successful completion of some type of writing assessment to receive a standard high school diploma. Often the exam is given to juniors and I have found that most students pass on the first go-round especially when they are well prepared by their teachers who require some sort of writing every day in every subject. Whether the course is history, math, or music, when students write in a variety of genres with a variety of formats, they improve. Good writing builds confidence as students learn to study their words and sentences to create full impact and to clarify their thinking with strong, descriptive word choices and sentence structure. Reflective writing is a perfect partner to any assignment, project, or creation. It is hard to bluff understanding when writing is an integral part of the final assessment. Mom may have constructed the bookshelves or Dad may have designed the science experiment leaving young son or daughter out of the loop of comprehension. But ...
Jan 26, 2016
Teaching Methodology 4455 Views
The elements involved have to be well-known to better appreciate the scope of this emerging philosophy:
Actors: teachers, students and parents. Each one of them will see things differently, and knowing how to make them buy your new proposition will be the key to your success.
Processes: lesson preparation, outside of classroom time, inside of classroom time, evaluation.
It's an alternative to the traditional teacher/lecture centered approach. In a flipped strategy classroom contents are multimedia based and are accessed through some LMS outside of school. Classroom time is used to deepen that home-acquired knowledge using other strategies, as project based learning, collaborative tasks, etc.
For teachers it is a great way to improve lessons' structure. Resources can be mapped from the syllabus and new activities can be implemented for classroom time. For students it can be challenging, after all you are taking them out of their classical school environment. But they are also ...
Jan 26, 2016
TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 2876 Views
IELTS - International English Language Testing System
IELTS is one of the most popular English language tests. More than two million students take this exam every year. It is one of the pioneers which has been implementing four-skills English language exam for about 25 years ago. It still sets the standard for English language testing today.
International English Language Testing System is owned jointly. The owners are British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment, IELTS Australia. Tests regularly take place at more than 1000 exam centres and locations in over 140 countries.Taking this test brings you an opportunity to live, study and work around the world. It is accepted by more than 9000 organisations worldwide.
All countries that require English for immigration procedures, accept IELTS only. Government, NGOs, academic and employment institutions recognize it as well. This testing system is made to help students to their English in their new life abroad.
There are Academic ...
Abstract: How to assist in getting English language learners help by building strategies into your lessons, and using these tools to create vocabulary and increase fluency.
Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners
As in any good building, if you want to begin properly, you need to build a solid foundation that will support it through the construction process. Similarly, if you want a student to build a foundation of knowledge, you need to construct a base of learning that will see that person through to understanding of the material. In both cases, this is where scaffolding comes into the picture. Whether you are using verbal scaffolding to model how to pronounce a new word, to instructional scaffolding to intentionally use graphic organizers to prepare students for the content of a new chapter, or building strategies into a lesson is critical for ELL/ESL students. One solution to a student not being able to pronounce a new word correctly, even after several attempts, ...