Aug 10, 2015
E-Learning/CALL 6540 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 ...
Aug 10, 2015
Classroom Management 3822 Views
All teachers have discipline issues at times. Kids are kids and they simply are more interested in each other than they are in your class. Think of discipline issues as challenges and tackle them immediately before they become chronic problems. How? Ask yourself these questions over a cup of coffee and a piece of cheesecake.
Question 1: "Which of my non-negotiables is being broken in this situation?" Your non-negotiables are the behaviors that must be present in students before you can do your job. Often teachers don't really take time to think about what these are and to share them with students. But even if you haven't overtly thought about them you definitely know when they aren't in place.
For example: It drives you up the wall when students continue to talk while you are trying to instruct. Your non-negotiable is: Students must be quiet and listening when I speak.
Question 2: "What is my first course of action to improve this situation?" Brainstorm. Write down as many ...
Aug 3, 2015
Classroom Materials 3539 Views
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 ...
When teaching ESL in China you will be inundated with job offers. Your contracted work, usually a training center, university or public school, is your bread and butter, providing consistent checks, housing and visa assistance to keep you legal. You will be hunted after, especially in smaller cities outside of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, etc. Not a week goes by that I am not approached on the bus, in the street or through a friend of a friend for more job offers.
These jobs will often come in the form of ESL private tutoring. I have worked with children as young as four to university students preparing for a life in the United States. Before starting your side career ask yourself these five questions.
1. ARE YOU CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO FILL ONE OR TWO HOURS IN A ONE ON ONE SETTING?
You just got in Beijing two weeks ago, your killing it with Old McDonald song and you’ve been hearing about the foreigners making the big bucks doing the one on one. Before applying, ask yourself, are you ...
Jul 14, 2015
Tutoring/Home School 3100 Views
As a parent, can you cast your mind back far enough to remember what school was like for you? Chances are you were told to be quiet, learn random facts off by heart so that you could stand up and regurgitate them and compete with 30 other children for the teacher's attention. You probably had to sit in rows of desks facing a blackboard and listen to a teacher ramble on for 45 minutes before being expected to complete a worksheet that every other child in the class was also doing.
If this style of education seems archaic, it is. But the scary thing is that things have not changed.
There are, of course, a scattering of innovative teachers in the system who push struggling students, extend advanced students and find time to be with the 'under-the-radar' students. These teachers differentiate learning, give quality feedback, use innovative ICT and content delivery techniques such as flip learning and generally understand that no student is the same. The sad truth is that these teachers ...
Jul 8, 2015
Career Development 7436 Views
It's Not Just About Salary
When you are looking to teach abroad, there are a variety of factors to consider beyond just the basic salary including legal overtime opportunities, whether or not you own your working visa, airfare, housing, taxes, healthcare, number of teaching hours, sick days, and vacation.
For example, Job A might have the highest salary of any other offers, but you could be stuck at school for 50 hours per week, with 30-35 teaching hours, which will leave you exhausted and burnt out in short order.
Job B might have one of the lowest salaries, but it has a low number of working hours as well as lots of vacation. If there are plenty of legal overtime opportunities, it could actually be a better deal than Job A.
Or, Job C might have a low salary and a high amount of teaching hours, but it could be an excellent move for your career and a company in which you can advance in, in which case you should consider turning down a higher salary or low teaching hours job that has ...
Concepts such as 'social body', 'social mind', 'material interdependency', 'object of analysis', 'objects of analysis', and 'social structure' are quite difficult to understand not because the difficulty in comprehending the deeper meaning but the way the words are coined to name the concept. 'Body', 'mind', 'material', 'object', 'objects', and 'structure' have certain meanings on their own. Confusion arises when they are combined with other words to give different meanings which are incompatible with the meanings of the individual words.
What is material interdependency? Interdependence means that depend on each other or consisting of parts that depend on each other. 'That' refers to either thing or person. 'Material' is connected with the physical world rather than with the mind or spirit. Therefore, when the concept 'material interdependency' is used in social science the interdependency of persons or actors is to be excluded. How then the interdependency of two physical things is ...
Jun 28, 2015
Other 2763 Views
For many many months, we have seen several articles about the new Common Core curriculum. While some tout its rigor, others feel that it has been "rolled out" too quickly. After 28 years of teaching, I can tell you that the rigor of the Common Core or the speed with which it has been presented is neither the solution nor the problem. Rather, I would like to speak about the Uncommon Core. This is my term for the core that has been lost in recent years. The Core of THE FAMILY was something that many of us had in common in the past; however, it has now been eaten up by the internet, cell phones, X-box, overworked students, and litigious individuals who rather blame educators than work with them.
In a world where the divorce rate has skyrocketed, bullying appears in many forms, and teen suicide continues to rise, do we really need to focus on a new educational curriculum with such ardor? Curriculums come and go, and those that stay, whether good bad or indifferent, somehow we adjust. What ...
Jun 28, 2015
Other 2781 Views
How exactly are we supposed to handle a school employee who isn't doing the job?
Before answering the question, let me ask you to recognize the distinction between underperforming employees and those who might be misbehaving. There's a big difference. Here, I will be talking only of employees who are falling short on their performance, not those who might be breaking school rules, school committee policies, or the law.
In my decision-making, students always come first. They deserve the best instruction and support systems the district can provide. At the same time, I recognize that schools are staffed by human beings, and not by machines that can be easily replaced if a defective part is discovered. Decisions about an employee's career must be made with the utmost care, professionalism, and fairness.
That doesn't mean you should go easy on underperformers. Not at all. Good administrators must face the issues of underperformance head-on. Other employees expect it. Unions expect ...
Jun 28, 2015
Lesson Planning 4118 Views
Jobs are increasingly hard to get nowadays, you might have students that have gone through the expected route of getting an education, graduated with a degree and now have to deal with the frustration of not being able to secure their dream job. Several pieces of research from various channels shows that an increasing number of students are not getting job offers upon graduation.
So what is the solution if graduates are not able to get jobs upon graduation, the old formula seems to work less efficiently than it used to in the past which included getting an education, then get a job, rise through the ranks and finally retire with a sizeable pension.
How do we train and equip students going through these changes. We need to rethink the way that children are being trained today and what the expectation or end goal of getting an Education is. For one the focus needs to change from getting a job to rather being able to earn a living. Earning a living means getting paid or earning wages in ...