Oct 5, 2014
Other 2988 Views
Changing what we've done for a long time won't be easy, but it needs to be done. Students are unhappy, and the violence, rebellion, and complaints will only get worse until something is done.
For our biggest problem, I think the most emphasis should be placed on learning English and history. They're not subjects many people enjoy, though personally, I do. But more than just personal preference is why we really need them. English is our language, yet it's being destroyed by text-talk and laziness. Looking through Facebook, I can hardly understand sometimes what my friends are saying. English is a beautiful, complex language, and the third most common language in the world. We use it every day.
History is important because, as my teachers have always told me, we need to learn these tragic events to keep them from happening again. Also, we shouldn't forget how we came about and how everything started. It may not seem important now, but in centuries, I think we'll want to remember.
Oct 5, 2014
Other 3109 Views
Immigration has always posed a serious challenge for countries to deal with conflicts arising when infrastructure and facilities have to be shared between local residents ethnic to countries and immigrants from others who arrive to make a living.
Singapore has always had liberal policies concerning immigration; policies designed to support its growth and economy as an emerging power in South-East Asia and to offset its declining population and birth rate. In recent years, due to growing resentment against inflation, rising inequality and the strain exerted on infrastructure like accommodation and public spaces etc., the government has been forced to bring in new regulations to curb the flow of immigrants into Singapore.
Many thousands from other Asian as well as European countries choose Singapore as a destination to emigrate for many reasons; chief among them are 'because it a country extremely well run', 'personal hygiene and safety are of very high standards', ...
Oct 5, 2014
Teaching 3480 Views
The act of not learning can be most evidently noticed through boredom. When one is bored, one does not learn. Boredom impedes on a students ability to learn because it indicates a lack of motivation to internalize the material. However, a student's boredom does not necessarily reflect poor teaching methods on the educator's part-thought it can-it can also be caused by numerous other factors. External factors such as a social issue or internal factors such as a learning disability are possible reasons for boredom.
Despite such external and internal impediments to learning-which will be later discussed-the teacher can attribute to their student's boredom by executing the "spatula method". This method presents the image of a teacher shoving a spatula down their students' throats; this is a metaphor describing the way in which a teacher may force information upon their students. As discussed in class, it is important to avoid this method in order to ensure critical thinking. And as much ...
Oct 5, 2014
Reading 4672 Views
"I believe the children are our future Teach them well and let them lead the way... " From, The Greatest Love of All, George Benson
Foundations of good reading among children are the same regardless of their gender, background or special learning needs.In other words, all children use the same processes in learning to read. Some children may be slow readers while others may be fast absorbers but all of them can ultimately master the same basic skills for fluency and comprehension. The three main interrelated goals for reading are: fluency, comprehension and motivation. Fluency is one's ability to identify words accurately and read text fluently with good expressions. It is achieved through reading made- easy books about familiar subjects. Children are enhanced in phrasing gaining more meanings through the texts they read. Comprehension is to understand, reflect on and learn from text. This includes: prior knowledge, experiences, language skills and higher-level thinking. The third is ...
Oct 5, 2014
Teaching Methodology 5020 Views
Numerous adults look back fondly on their days as a child. Many of us remember the names of our elementary schools, but few of us remember our teachers. For those of us who do look back, we can often place one specific instructor who made a significant impact on our young, developing minds. So, teachers, here are some tips on how to make an impact on your students!
Incorporate art into the classroom and the curriculum. Hands on projects that rely heavily on imagination are not only out of the box and fun, but take learning to a deeper level. There are thousands upon thousands of crafty ideas for decorating and organizing the classroom.
Some ideas for creative learning include:
- Reader's theater, where a group of students put on a miniature play about a book that they have read in class
- Finger paint illustration, having the students illustrate what they have read in their own way
- Improvisation, getting the children to act out lesson plans on the fly
Any sort of ...
Sep 30, 2014
Lesson Planning 4831 Views
DO ALL TEACHERS HAVE LESSON PLANS?
Amongst teachers, the question of whether or not one should always have a detailed lesson plan is up for debate. Some strongly believe that the possession of a detailed written plan hinders the ability of a teacher to be flexible and really respond to their students’ needs as they arise. They say that lesson plans can result in mechanistic and predictable lessons. Moreover, the more experience one gets in teaching, the less need there is for an actual written document. That is not to say that a teacher does not plan what they are going to teach, but that they feel less need to formally write it down. Experienced or not, however, a teacher should always plan what they are going to teach. There are few who would be confident enough to begin a class without the foggiest idea of what they are actually going to present for the next hour. However, amongst new TEFL teachers, you will find that you do benefit from, and want to have, a formally written ...
Sep 30, 2014
Teacher Training 3146 Views
Qualifications for TEFL jobs, teaching English in Thailand
Teaching English is a popular way to live and work in Thailand, and many are employed here, legally or otherwise, in TEFL jobs. In 2014 the criteria have become more strictly enforced and not everyone qualifies to come and simply teach.
Like most countries, the ministry of education in Thailand maintains specific minimum qualifications to license teachers, Thai or otherwise, before they can step into a classroom. Afterall, they are fussy about who they allow to teach the future generations.
Thais need to have completed a degree and a one-year teaching diploma to qualify for teaching licenses, however provision is made for temporary licences for those undergoing internships or to fulfill demand in certain situation.
For foreigners the temporary licence is a common solution to the demand for ESL teachers, so that anyone with a degree can become an English teacher. But there is a catch; this is a temporary licence that ...
Aug 28, 2014
E-Learning/CALL 8268 Views
Proper use of technology in teaching is valuable to the learning experience, but existing barriers must be addressed and overcome by teachers for the successful realization of a technology-enhanced, learner-centered classroom. The two types of barriers faced by teachers are first-order barriers and second-order barriers (Tsai & Chai, 2012). First-order barriers deal with external factors affecting the teacher such as institutional support and training, as well as adequate access to and time with technology. Second-order barriers focus more on the internal factors affecting teachers to include a teacher’s technology and pedagogical beliefs along with their willingness to change in order to incorporate technology into a learn-centered classroom successfully. Addressing these two barriers through proper planning and administration of technology integration should be a key focus of education in order to ensure success and benefits from technology integration into the classroom ...
If, like me, you like to write, then finding creative ways to teach English should be easy. What helps tremendously in any class is to get your students actively involved in your lessons as much as possible.
Idea # 1: A Different Ending
In a high school ESL class in Bangkok, I wrote a quick story about a student in rural Northern Thailand who had an after school detention for listening to his IPod in class. Having missed his bus, he had to walk home. Taking a shortcut, he passed a large overhanging rock and suddenly noticed a tiger sitting beside the rock. He offered a prayer and promise never to use his IPod in class again if he was allowed to escape with his life. Two young tiger cubs suddenly appeared beside the mother and then scampered away up the hill. The mother followed and Pan, the boy, was able to get away safely and run the rest of the way home.
I had the class read the story aloud (good reading and speaking practice). Then, I have them an assignment to write an alternate ...
Aug 25, 2014
Other 3713 Views
The Common Core... the Miley Cyrus of the education scene. "What's so bad about the common core?" my son asked one day when it sallied into his awareness through a Facebook post. Why on earth would the well-intentioned efforts of the educational establishment garner such a cold-- nay, shall I say, violent-- reception? Thankfully, my local district mailed out a newsletter to clear things up.
The first claim the newsletter makes is this:
the Common Core State Standards set clear, consistent goals that build upon each other at each grade level...
provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn... Note the words clear and consistent. With those, I have no argument. I'm sure they'll be clear and consistent... and less academically rigorous than what we now have in place, which is less academically rigorous than what we had in place previous to those... previous to those... etc.
The newsletter claims Standards do not equal curriculum or lesson plans! so ...