May 16, 2014
Teaching 3735 Views
Work smarter, not harder! How, you ask, with all of the added demands and expectations of differentiation that the educational world is now placing upon teachers? In this article, I offer one simple solution to help educators work smarter with the time that they have: open-ended question asking.
The open-ended question format is a natural answer for how to differentiate in the classroom! Instead of giving students the question all the time, give them the answer and have them become the teacher! I use this type of question in several ways. Sometimes it is a part of my launch for a workshop session, other times it is a part of the partner work that I expect my students to complete, and yet other times I use this type of question as an "exit" ticket for an informal formative assessment check.
In math class for example, you might ask the following:
"The answer is 10. What is the question?"
Imagine the power of working with this type of problem in your classroom, ...
The advantages of TESOL for the teachers of English language are numerous. What makes the course a multi-benefit program? The course itself is a mega bonus to the teachers and apart from that the coaches who impart the knowledge to the enrolled candidates are highly knowledgeable. They have the experience of teaching the non-English speakers. With practical knowledge of teaching English to a multi-national class, they are in the best position to train the others for the same. Whether it is teaching tactics or classroom activities they keep the training sessions inclusive of entire strategies concerning English language teaching. The course accompanies sufficient resources which are delivered to the candidates through a proper support system.
Provision of Practical and Relevant Methods and Tactics
TESOL course is designed to prepare the teachers for teaching non-speakers with accurate technicalities and skills that are of main use in a class room. The experience and dedication of the ...
Apr 28, 2014
Grammar 3622 Views
The grammar is the nuts and bolts of a language. It is the foundational stone to get the grip of a language and master it.
So, a sound knowledge and clarity in comprehending English grammar is mandatory for every English language teacher. Just like the nuts and bolts need to be used for the smooth functioning of an engine, similarly sound knowledge of English grammar is a must.
An English teacher could inspire confidence in a classroom scenario when she has comprehended the English grammar. She will be able to re-structure and apply it under different tenses without altering the meaning of the sentences or use the sentences differently to highlight the different meaning implied.
It is only through the understanding of grammar one comes to know the use of 'will' and 'shall' and tenses and its usage which are the fine points of grammar that in turn reflect the language proficiency of a teacher.
When the teacher is thorough in her grammatical skills, she could ensure the students grasp ...
Apr 28, 2014
Teaching 8286 Views
The term "scaffolding" is often heard in educational circles as a method of instruction in which the teacher models the learning strategy or task and then gradually shifts the responsibility to the students. The teacher first determines the students' zone of proximal development and then incrementally improves the learner's ability to become independent with the task at hand.
We usually think about scaffolds with regard to construction where a very organized structure is put up beside a building under construction in order to support workers as they perform their required tasks. In education we are using scaffolding to support students to construct meaning or the ability to independently complete an objective.
Within the field of education, the scaffold provides clear structure and precisely stated expectations, along with models and direct instruction. For example, it begins with "I do--you watch" which in reading might seem like a teacher reading aloud ...
Apr 28, 2014
Classroom Management 3964 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 ...
Apr 28, 2014
Classroom Management 4247 Views
You've been in school for a few months now, and the work is beginning to pile up. Between lesson plans, grading, report cards, parent-teacher conferences, and your personal life, it's easy to lose yourself in the never-ending "to do" list. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are some easy actions you can take to ease your stress and busy schedule:
To do this well, you'll need to be honest and realistic with yourself. Look at your commitments and daily schedule. Decide which activities, committees, and tasks are non-negotiable, and then take a hard look at everything else. Ask yourself questions such as: do you really have to grade every homework assignment? Or can you spot check occasionally and still have a pulse on where your students are? At home, can you cut out a TV show or two to give yourself extra free time (or simply to have time to sleep?). Decide what's important to you and be sure that these activities are part of your "non-negotiable" list. Even ...
To be able to speak English or any other foreign language has become a prerequisite for vast numbers of people throughout the world, and many ways exist for improving your second language without it costing an arm and a leg.
Firstly, it is important to fall in love with the end result rather than concentrate on the difficulties you are going to face trying to get there. Let me give you two examples.
When I was a young lad, and even so today, though time constraints these days have their impact, I used to enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles. When choosing a jigsaw, I never considered how long it would take me to complete, how difficult it was going to be to assemble all the pieces in the correct positions, the possibility of it being in the way for some time, the constant risk that someone passing by could knock it off the table, sending the pieces crashing to the floor, or that there may be a piece or two missing. I fell in love with the finished product, the picture on the lid of the box, and ...
Mar 23, 2014
Classroom Management 5255 Views
Effective classroom management strategies can ensure a pleasant teaching environment for the entire year. Conversely, poor classroom management may lead to a difficult class and a year that drags on. These tips will get you well on your way to creating a positive environment in your classroom.
Post class rules
Students need to know what is expected of them from the very beginning. It is also useful to have visuals of the rules so that you can redirect small misbehavior problems by pointing at the appropriate rule poster. Since I have very little artistic talent I had my students create the posters for me. We went over the rules the first day of class and I had students each create a poster for two rules. We displayed all the posters for the first week. I later had the students vote on a single poster for each rule to leave up.
Students may occasionally break a rule. It is important that you have established a procedure for dealing with infractions. The consequences ...
Mar 23, 2014
Writing 11042 Views
When people speak or write, they try to find the best way to describe what they are referring to. Using details to explain things makes the topic more interesting, as well as easier to picture and understand. Sometimes, it gets a little confusing trying to think of descriptive words and to remember how they work. In these moments, you may find that you need a little help.
There are websites that explain how and when to use descriptive words and give many examples of great word choices. Words used to describe other things are called adjectives and adverbs. While both add description, they work a little differently. A quality website that instructs on the proper use of descriptive words will use numerous models to show the differences in how the words are used.
Adjectives describe pronouns and nouns, such as people, places, things, and ideas. Questions that can help you remember adjectives include: which one? How many? What kind? These are questions that can be answered with: that... ; ...
Mar 23, 2014
Study Skills 3189 Views
Learning how to study effectively will boost your motivation to study. This way you will enjoy studying like never before. Here are some tips on how to study effectively:
Have a positive attitude
The approach you give to your studies matters a lot. A negative attitude will demoralize you whereas a positive one will highly motivate you. Most people fail in studies because they look at it as a mandatory task and hence do not enjoy it. Take studying to be something you enjoy doing. This can be possible if you understand the reasons for your study. Take it as a personal responsibility that will change your future and mold you into someone great. Due to this you will appreciate that you are not studying for your friends, parents or relatives but for yourself.
Develop a realistic study plan
Good planning is key to the success of any activity. Have a personal study plan on how you want to achieve your study objectives. Develop a very realistic and highly effective study plan, which you can ...