Aug 1, 2013
Teaching 3179 Views
One of the skills of excellent teaching is good questioning technique. I was fortunate to be trained initially as a primary school teacher where you needed to be able to ask relevant questions in a range of subject areas. A year after graduation, I was transferred into the secondary school arena where for almost ten years I taught a variety of subjects including English, Science, Mathematics, History and Geography with even a little Physical Education thrown in. This enhanced my understanding of the need to question in different ways. The remainder of my career was spent teaching Mathematics. Therefore, for that reason and because we all did Maths at school, let me use Mathematics to illustrate these points.
Questioning in different ways can extend students' understanding of the subject.
It can enhance their critical thinking/problem solving skills.
It can teach the vocabulary of the subject studied.
It can develop an understanding of and the use of the language and terminology of ...
Aug 1, 2013
Lesson Planning 8269 Views
Early in my teaching career, I was always looking for something different to stimulate student learning. I found the simple quiz was a great diversion for the students from the normal chalk and talk lesson of that era. Therefore, I created a series of different quizzes that I used in a variety of subjects that I taught in lower high school classes. This is one of those quizzes. It is called the Student's Quiz and I have included the two versions I have used.
Essentially, the individual student or groups of students develop the questions and become the quizmaster.
Here is the procedure for the two versions.
1. Select a topic. This may be one you have just taught or it could be one which needs revision.
2. As homework, the students are instructed to devise five questions each (with answers). These are to be written out neatly.
3. During the next lesson, the teacher asks a student for his/her questions, checks them and the answers and if they are satisfactory, the teacher ...
Jul 26, 2013
Learning Methodology 4123 Views
The complexity of any issue or problem arising from your studies can only be dealt with by formulating questions to delve into this complexity; to clarify each and every factor that bears on the issue or problem.
Only when we become fully aware of these factors and how they impinge on an issue can we, as reasoning individuals, produce judgments that are rational and that stand up to scrutiny.
Reasoned judgments based upon pertinent factors are not merely opinions; rather, they are what we term 'considered opinions' - that is to say they are opinions based upon reason, which is itself based upon the factors we have considered and used to formulate our judgment.
Of course, in our daily lives we are continually forced to make reasoned judgments, based upon our knowledge of the factors that are connected to what we are deciding. Most of the time, our knowledge is limited; we do not have perfect information, or the total amount of information on any given topic, and yet we still make ...
by Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
Jul 26, 2013
Writing 2497 Views
Basically, you use the adjectives. You describe people, places, and events. You describe something - a ring, its shape, its color or carat. You have to be keen and deep of thought.
The purpose of your descriptive details, however, should be to create a dominant mood or point for your readers. Such descriptions should contribute to the overall purpose of the essay or story. Avoid clichés. Avoid details that are irrelevant.
Take note of Walden Pond. How did Thoreau let us feel the meaning of solitude? This is a delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense and imbibes delight through every pore. What about Trees by Joyce Kilmer? A tree that looks at God all day and lifts her leafy arms to pray... And Machleish's Ars Poetica, a poem should be palpable and mute as a globed fruit.
Use your five senses. Use the different literary devices. However, be careful as to what to include and what to leave out. Remember the "Show Don't Tell," concept.
Look at following lines.
"Such solitary ...
by Larry Icabandi Nabiong
Jul 26, 2013
Young Learners 3806 Views
Two weeks before my internship, I was not feeling well; in fact, I was feigning sick. I was blaming my mom, and told her--as always: I was not cut out a teacher; that, I should take another course. Four years, I had been telling myself, that I had to drop the course and take psychology or marketing or what instead. For I knew, then, I would not be a fit to this profession. But, mother knows best; and, here I was, a teacher.
When assigned to second graders, I had not had the faintest idea of what my wards would be like. And there that very moment: I was not ready to meet them, what with their innocent eyes staring at me as if someone from outer space had invaded their little kingdoms; I felt totally awkward. Perspiring. Dunno what to do. Here I was, in the flesh, dealing with kids!
The school principal had entered the room, and I was still hesitant to go inside. She said things about me, which was not audible for she had a squeaky voice. Some children were giggling at the back every ...
Jul 26, 2013
Reading 3308 Views
Are you questioning how to increase the reading speed of the average Joe? Well, take a quick look at my 10 quick tips for Increasing anyone's reading speed:
1. The Early Bird Catches the Bookworm!
First of all, a good habit to get into when trying to identify ways to enhance the reading speed of any reader, is to read early in the day. This will additionally assist with concentration levels.
2. Prioritize Exactly what you Read.
Arrange your reading products into four heaps in rising significance. Review the reading piles, starting with the most vital one. You'll ameliorate your reading rate, and your level of comprehension, by starting with the most pressing material first, when your mind is crisp.
3. Breeze Through a Book to Discover the Most Important Parts.
Discover how to raise the reading speed and understanding of the average reader by analyzing a book's structure. This will help you know which parts of the book to skim through and which parts to study more diligently.
4. When ...
Jul 23, 2013
Teaching 4753 Views
Extrinsic Motivation – What is it?
We all have been there. A student in class is not involved, not giving their best or just plain bored. What do we do? Do we keep plugging away, trying everything that we can to get that student reinvigorated with the current lesson? Or, do we possibly appeal to something that is important in everyone’s life? That all important factor is, or many times can be, extrinsic motivation.
Extrinsic motivation is something that drives people every day and in every field, subject, and workplace imaginable. For example, why did you go to college? Most likely, you did it to get a better job or to get a raise.
Many of our adult, and younger, students have similar motivations that increase their desire to learn English. A student may want to work for an international company, score better on tests in their college English class, or show off their new found ability to their friends and family.
How do we use it?
As such, how do we use ...
Jul 22, 2013
Learning Methodology 4190 Views
Teachers tend to have free reign in their classrooms in their decisions on how to teach their students and as such different learning styles are often apparent in schools. Yet which are the most effective and why are these not being used in every classroom if they benefit the students best? All students learn best in different ways so it is hard to know what methods are best. However, here are some methods that have proved to be the most effective.
· Visual - Visual Learners prefer to use pictures and images in their learning. For these students using drawings to explain things will benefit them when it comes to their revision. Teachers can make games out of colored cards to emphasise different facts and get students involved in their learning rather than simply being spoken to while they sit in silence (in which case the teacher has no way of knowing who is listening to them and if what they are explaining is even being understood.)
· Social -These learners prefer to work in groups ...
Jul 22, 2013
Classroom Materials 2860 Views
Teachers are sometimes tempted into making easy lesson plans because they find it so hard to control a classroom, but by creating more creative and innovative lesson plan students are far more likely to become engaged and be better behaved than if they are bored with the same repetitive teaching techniques. Here are some ideas of how teachers can make their classes more fun and engaging for their students,
· Group Work- Dividing the class into individual groups is a great way of promoting team work within the classroom. This is an essential skill for later life when entering onto the career paths that they choose.
By assigning each group a specific task or topic to research they will also refine their research skills and then when they present it to the class as a group they will be gaining confidence in speaking in front of others as well as learning from their class mates when they give similar presentations.
This is a great way of getting students thinking for themselves and ...
Jul 22, 2013
Study Skills 2675 Views
When there is a need to further enhance the usual learning strategies, there are a lot of options at school. This post will discuss about those techniques that high school and undergraduate students may find very useful.
Sometimes, simple things like this - the need to learn study techniques - is the most relevant and that requires your focused attention. Take for example the different ways of note taking of students at school. It is important because it helps a student recall the class lecture, outdoor experience, and lab formulas. No matter what the teacher shared must be noted. And to make sure not to miss anything relevant, be organized by having a specific notebook for that particular class. Furthermore, adopt the outlining and highlighting techniques for you to review notes easier.
To learn study techniques, your class presence and focused attention is a must. That's where all of your studying starts. Every discussion that the group has in class and every presentation that a ...