Feb 5, 2015
Lesson Planning 4040 Views
There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are at least 46 ways to check learner comprehension. These fall into one of five general categories of highly experiential learning activities: (1) Paper-Based, (2) Spoken Word-Based, (3) Materials-Based, (4) Games-Based, or (5) Movement-Based. Some of the activities skim the surface of learner comprehension, while others require much deeper thought.
All of these activities can also be used at the close of any training module to check learner comprehension. However, the purpose of these activities is to make sure that the learners leave a training session with a good understanding of the content that was taught. Hopefully, the learners have been given the opportunity to test their new knowledge or skills in application exercises during the training session. The activities identified here are intended to close a module or a training session on a high, content-centered note.
With only a few exceptions, these learning activities are ...
Feb 5, 2015
Other 2818 Views
One method of formal instruction uses the 'classic' approach. A classical education includes a three-part system to lay the foundation in a student's mind.
The Grammar Stage
The grammar stage encompasses the first five years of school, from kindergarten through the end of the fourth grade. During this period, scholars receive basic instruction that lays the groundwork for additional learning that will occur later. During this period, children are typically eager to learn, and their minds are receptive to absorbing information. The grammar stage, therefore, involves rote learning of facts. Students will learn how to read, phonics, grammar, and spelling rules. Children also begin learning foreign languages, mathematics, history, literature, and science fundamentals.
The Logic or Dialectic Stage
By the time students reach the fifth grade, their minds are capable of a different kind of thought process. Scholars are able to use the information they have learned to approach knowledge in a ...
Feb 5, 2015
Other 2660 Views
A child's self-esteem is very important. Every child should possess a healthy self-esteem. But nurturing it may seem a challenging task. "Self-esteem comes from having a sense of belonging, believing that we're capable, and knowing our contributions are valued and worthwhile," says family therapist Jane Nelsen, co-author of the Positive Discipline series. As a parent, your goal is to ensure your children develop a healthy self-esteem by respecting themselves and others around them.
Given below are a few ways to build your child's self-esteem:
• Pay undivided attention
Take some time out and pay undivided attention to your child. This makes your child feel important. Make sure you listen to your child by maintaining eye contact.
• Provide unconditional love
Your child's self-esteem grows when you shower unconditional love on him or her. When your child knows that you are there for him or her no matter what, that boosts your child's self-esteem. So show your love to your children by ...
Feb 5, 2015
Teaching 5015 Views
The A.C.T. Strategy Part 1 of 3
Prison. Juvenile detention centers. The mean streets of the city. All of these things and more are possibilities for kids these days. I know, because I've been there myself. One simple, stupid mistake made when I was a teenager led to four hard years in a correctional facility, and during that time I spent nearly every day feeling like I had completely destroyed my chances of having a life. It's a harsh, empty feeling and one that nobody should have to go through.
I turned my life around, however. It wasn't easy - it never is - but I was finally released from prison after what felt like an eternity. The first months after getting out were rough. Jail doesn't exactly prepare a young person for a role as a model citizen, after all. But today I've moved into a management position at a highly successful company and spend much of my free time as a youth mentor and professional speaker, trying to help at-risk kids avoid the same mistakes I made and start ...
Feb 5, 2015
TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 2876 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 ...
What is the most frequent belief of English student about the neuro-linguistic learning process?
In my experience, the most commonly-held belief of students who I take on is that the brain is a vessel, which, when full up with lots of stuff, will allow them to reach their highest possible level of fluency. The belief is that the mind needs some brain food before the actual doing can be up to standards. Many students pursue this belief without ever questioning what they believe or how it affects their English ability.
I think it is great to view the mind as an ever-expanding pool, which you can fill with vocabulary, grammatical rules, phrases, etc. The ability to develop yourself is only limited by your motivation to do so. Sort of. If you want greater results in English, then you need to work harder than you were previously. That’s logical and it makes perfect sense. If we never take the time to improve our memory with things like word associations, some foreign sounds just seem ...
Jan 19, 2015
Teaching 4242 Views
How do you measure a successful school?
There are many factors that contribute to the achievements a child makes during his educational career. These factors range from the quality of the school's technology to the involvement and interest he receives from his parents and teachers. Of course, teaching formats and styles the school adopts, the child's learning environment as well as the accreditation of the school itself, all play a significant role in his overall success. One very often overlooked component in the measure of a school's success is the student-to-teacher ratio.
Exactly what is the student-to-teacher ratio?
The student-to-teacher ratio is a very basic mathematical calculation. It's the total student enrollment divided by the total number of instructors at the school. The result may be expressed as a ratio and will tell you the average number of students each teacher will have per classroom.
How does this ratio affect my child?
A lower student-to-teacher ratio is ...
Jan 19, 2015
Classroom Management 3855 Views
This article gives 38 effective strategies for classroom management. These strategies may not be what you are used to and may require changes on your part. While there is no perfect method for eliminating all challenging behaviors, these are the strategies that I endorse and believe in as being the most effective for creating a positive classroom climate, based on my own experiences and research.
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 ...
The Art Of Lesson Planning
Some people feel as though lesson plans are a waste of time, or that they restrict their teaching freedom. It is true that sometimes we begin a lesson feeling rather under-prepared, but still manage to teach well. In a similar sense, we sometimes spend ages preparing a lesson, only to find ourselves changing direction halfway through.
However, lesson planning at some level or other is essential, and good teachers take it very seriously. There are a few general principles which we can point to with regard to preparing TESOL/TEFL lesson plans.
Keep them short and simple
Try to limit the length of your plans to no more than 2 A4 pages using 1.5 spacing and 12 point font. Obviously, this will not include any handouts or other practice materials, as these should be kept separately. A long and complicated lesson plan will bore your students and be too difficult to teach in the allotted time.
Start with a warm-up activity
This could reflect something done in a ...
Storyboarding for English As a Second Language classes
One of the important goals for any ESL class, and one that tends to get lost in the shuffle of grammar, writing and vocabulary lessons, is simple language production. One great way to get students to produce language is by the use of storyboards.
Storyboarding started in the movie industry with the creation of cartoons which later developed into moving pictures. Storyboards are used all the time now to set up action sequences for films and commercials. I introduce students to the storyboard concept by giving them very simple examples. I will show a YouTube storyboard video made by 5th and 6th grade students to show the class what I am looking for. These students retell the story.
Students are working from a textbook where there are a number of fairly simple fables and tales that they read each week. We start with the story they just read. I tell them they will retell the story on the storyboard.
Students are divided into teams of ...