Feb 21, 2016
Learning Methodology 2990 Views
Let's face it; learning is complicated. In fact, the more we learn about learning through research, the more complex and nuanced our understanding of the processes involved gets.
The good news is that we have, in fact, learned a great deal in the past few decades about how the brain goes about committing new knowledge and skills to long-term memory. The bad news? Much of this information is sitting in obscure journals on dusty library shelves and sitting on websites only visited by cognitive scientists, psychologists, and neuroscientists.
For many of us in education--those of us who need this information to inform our daily work with students--some of this information may just as well have never been discovered, since so little of it has made its way into mainstream education channels and teacher training institutions. But never fear; in this article, and those to come in the next few weeks, I will tackle all of this complexity and break it down for you in ways that will allow you to ...
Feb 5, 2009
Grammar 2987 Views
Grammar is one of the most essential things you should know when you learn to write proper English. It deals with the forms and structures of words and sentences. You should know the proper usage of such words. The best way to learn English grammar is not by using the dictionary but by using English grammar books.
Jul 24, 2009
E-Learning/CALL 2987 Views
Many people tout the best way to learn a language is through immersion, but it is often difficult to take time to live in another country. Can virtual immersion work? Can foreign language immersion on a computer really work? The concept of immersion for foreign language learning is not a new, but its presentation has definitely changed in recent times.
Apr 25, 2011
Tutoring/Home School 2987 Views
The truth is that every kid is different from the other, and comparing children at school is very unfair. Every child has his/her own capability of understanding things, and just because someone is a little slow at it, does not mean that he/she is not an intelligent kid.
Feb 5, 2010
Study Abroad 2985 Views
Many students are unaware of the numerous awards that are available in Canada that can help them further their studies. Here we will look at some of them a bit further. This can be an excellent opportunity for students and having some knowledge about them can be very fruitful for them down the road.
Nov 20, 2011
Writing 2984 Views
In the article Essay Paper Writing -- Step 1: Organize Thinking to Create Focused Topic Statement by this author, a process is described for organizing one's thinking about a topic in some class assignment directions in order to develop a clear statement about the assignment general topic.
Jun 24, 2012
Career Development 2984 Views
Professional Development for TEFL / TESOL Teachers
Dec 24, 2014
Classroom Materials 2984 Views
A decade ago when I was in graduate school, I could hardly contain my excitement when the time came for taking remedial reading courses. I just couldn't wait to find the answers to questions that had plagued me about why seemingly bright children struggled to learn to read. Imagine my chagrin when I found that the class was preparing me to test, detect learning differences, track reading rates, classify text as to reading level, in short to do everything but successfully teach reading to a non-reader.
Over the past ten years, I have learned about a whole array of classifications for disabilities. There are so many! The impression one could get is that children are becoming more and more broken, and we are developing more and more detailed labels for describing them. What I have not seen, however, is more and more evolved solutions to accompany this highly classified collection of labels. The solutions are what have always interested me!
If we continue to scrutinize the child instead ...
Oct 24, 2012
Other 2983 Views
Just about any teacher or tutor will tell you that children who have sophisticated vocabularies for their age and who have background information about the world are at an advantage when compared to students with more limited vocabularies and background knowledge. This shows up in the classroom, especially in English and history, and it shows up on standardized tests. No amount of test prep for the SHSAT, ISEE, English Language Regents, or SAT can level the playing field for a student who hasn't been exposed to a wide variety of experiences, ideas, and words throughout life. Summertime presents many fabulous opportunities for fun, informal learning.
Oct 5, 2014
Other 2982 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.