Apr 4, 2015 Other 2820 Views
Mar 13, 2015 English Language Learning (ELL) 5579 Views
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, ...
Mar 13, 2015 Classroom Management 4313 Views
In this article, we will discuss ways in which the design of educational spaces have gone wrong from an acoustic point of view - and some possible solutions for noise control.
Noise Control Problems
Although noise control problems could be due to student discipline issues, those are not the only reasons for high noise levels. There are 2 main acoustic problems in the classrooms. They are:
These 2 problems directly interfere with speech - the most ...
Mar 13, 2015 E-Learning/CALL 2580 Views
This can make for a great opportunity for students to get the expertise and confidence they will need. The reason why every student should "own" their own tablet will enhance how much they use it outside the classroom. There are at least three ways in which tablets are used: as an enhanced way of communicating between the ...
Mar 13, 2015 Other 2539 Views
From a Parent's Perspective:
1. Treat my child like you'd like your own child treated. 2. When I ask questions please don't be so defensive. 3. Talk in an educational language the average parent can understand. 4. Allow me to help in the classroom. 5. Allow me to observe your classroom. 6. Provide me with your classroom expectations. 7. Believe that I know my child better than anyone else. 8. Please don't wait until a few days before report cards to tell me about poor grades or behavior. 9. Don't talk about your political views. Try to stay neutral. 10. Try not to show favoritism.
From a Teacher's Perspective:
1. Please don't make excuses for your ...
Mar 13, 2015 Pronunciation/Phonics 2819 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 14, 2015 Learning Methodology 3014 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 14, 2015 Study Skills 2756 Views
Please find below some of the homework tips:
Plan a day schedule:
If the kids, spend their whole day in the studies, then they feel bored and stressed and could not focus on the studies. So, the parents should plan a day schedule which includes enjoyment like playing hours, studies hours and development activities.
Provides friendly environment:
Kids are quick learner. They always follow their parents, teachers and elders. At home, kids always enact their teachers and teaches their parents, which aid them in memorizing the concept and also makes them enjoy. So, parents should actively participate with their children and also ...
Feb 14, 2015 Classroom Management 6281 Views
If you cannot get a student to follow rules, complete work, or be kind to other students after you have consistently implemented the strategies in this article, talk to your school team (administrators, guidance counselor, etc.) to determine what else can be done to help this student. The school team may need to meet with the child's parents and additional strategies may need to be put in place like an individualized behavior plan and/or support from professionals like the guidance counselor, school psychologist, or principal.
38 Effective Strategies For Classroom Management:
1. Say hello to ...
Feb 14, 2015 English Language Learning (ELL) 4632 Views
Advanced courses often have more diversity, with students from a variety of countries. They often have higher levels of literacy, and they aspire to much more academically. Advanced students are usually more autonomous (self-governing) learners.
Some advanced learners are accustomed to learning grammar as it's integrated into a communication-focused curriculum. If they've learned early levels of English through a grammar-translation approach, they have probably gained listening and speaking skills along the way. If that's the case, they are highly aware of the need for a continued focus on listening and speaking. Also, they might have a concern for accent reduction if people have difficulty understanding them. Advanced students are particularly interested in the natural flow in speaking fluency.
A primary difference in the advanced student and the lower-level student is that the advanced student can recognize the difference in issues related to the sound ...