by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Mar 7, 2017
Career Development 312 Views
Envision Being Video Recorded
As elementary teachers close their classroom doors with their students inside, they experience this false sense of autonomy that speaks to them within their deep inner voice that whispers whatever they do, whatever they say, or whatever attitude they display through their nonverbal communication, ultimately, they will not be held accountable, because after all, they are the adults, and their classrooms are filled with children, who are easily fooled, easily deceived, and easily influenced. Elementary children lack the social knowledge that comes from experiences over time that adults have acquired for the sake of discerning or perceiving the true, underlying messages and intentions that teachers have which are so easily covered up with a fake smile, or false flattery. Teachers know this, so therefore, hold the potential to be emotionally abusive to their students and think that they can get away with it. But, in reality, they won’t: God will hold them ...
by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Feb 20, 2017
Career Development 310 Views
Resist the Push to Follow the Crowd
The greatest obstacle to effective and successful teaching doesn’t lie outside the profession, but within the profession. Over my almost 30 years of teaching, half as an elementary teacher, and the other half as a university professor, I have been constantly bombarded by other teachers meaning to stifle my voice. I recall during my first elementary teaching job the principal telling me that he admired my resolve at not giving into peer pressure to “follow the crowd.” At the time, I was not exactly sure I knew what he meant. It wasn’t until years later, after many fellow teachers constantly trying to enforce on me THEIR brand of teaching, that I realized what he meant.
Colleagues have often said to me that I was doing “my thing,” however, since accepting God early in my teen years; I have made it a daily practice to ask Him what I should or should not be doing, so that I was being obedient to him (Ps. 37:5-7). God has never let me down, but instead, ...
by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Mar 9, 2017
Career Development 306 Views
Very Little Downtime
Teaching, unlike most professions, has very little downtime. Through their eight hour shift, they are primarily in front of their audience, i.e., students, the entire time. In comparison, another profession that covers information for an audience is a television journalist (I am referring to the profession of researching, writing, and reporting-not the profession of just reading teleprompter scripts someone else has prepared), but instead of being broadcast on the television for their entire shift, they are usually being broadcast for only about 30 minutes. For the remaining seven and a half hours of their workday, they are making their preparations. In comparison, for teachers, these preparations are worked on outside of their eight hour shift-that is, on nights, weekends, and holidays. It’s during these times that teachers are developing curriculum, creating instruction, and grading student work. While they are physically with their students, similar to a ...
May 8, 2017
Teaching 306 Views
According to Lucia Capocchione, play keeps us vital and alive and it gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good. Play is an integral part of childhood and an early childhood education is extraordinarily affected by naturalism. Thus there is no preferred route over fusing recreations and play in the technique for instructing kids. Play can drag the eager personalities into the classroom material in an all the more fascinating route and in addition it helps the children appreciate what they are realizing. Play consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. The pre and primary teachers training makes the trainee teachers aware of the salient features of this method linking play and literacy effectively.
Playing promotes parental empathy for the developmental capabilities of young children. It is also the best method to apply their day to day lesson in their practical lives as they are constantly learning from various problem solving ...
Mar 26, 2017
Teaching Methodology 293 Views
The configuration of today’s work environment calls for people to work more collaboratively than ever before. Similar to how a sports team works together for the common good of the entire team and not just for any one individual. Sports teams typically practice working together on a daily basis that can span over the years. They get to know each other during seasons of individual health, sickness, sadness, happiness, rough times and joyful times. They become very aware of each other’s personality traits along with each person’s strengths and weaknesses. Increasingly, job situations are requiring people to work together more like a sports team; however, most people are not born with a collaborative nature; therefore, it is up to elementary teachers to help build these team-building characteristics and perspectives with their students.
In working with elementary students, it’s best to begin team-building skills in small, incremental steps. A very effective literacy strategy to ...
Feb 19, 2017
Tutoring/Home School 285 Views
Last year my son, in preparing for a science degree, realised that if he was to achieve his goal, he would need to be reasonably proficient at maths. After a brief attempt to brush up on the recommended syllabus for the university course of his choice, he downed tools, lamenting loudly that he would never be able to do this because “I am just no good at maths”.
Now, as a teenager, I remember struggling with maths throughout high school. These days however, at the tender age of 50, I consider myself mathematically proficient. So, what happened to me between high school and adulthood that resulted in my transformation from maths recalcitrant to someone who is not rendered paralysed and sweaty by anything more complicated than two plus two? Has the passage of time increased my intelligence?
Sadly, I am no more intelligent now than I was in high school. My attitude towards learning, however, has changed. Somewhere along the line, as I worked through my bachelor degree, I realised ...
Mar 5, 2017
Teacher Training 271 Views
When instructional coaches are initially entrusted with the responsibility of supporting the needs of teachers through a teacher-centered, student-centered, or combination of both models, they often feel like a fish out of water. Whether they transition from the role of a classroom teacher to a coach or whether they are hired from outside of the school district, they often find themselves wondering where to start on this adventure we call coaching. Instructional coaches are generally equipped with a specialized knowledge regarding a content area or several content areas, however, their knowledge is not the pre-determining factor as to how successful they will be, but instead their ability to build relationships is the key.
Theodore Roosevelt was once quoted as having said: "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care". The most effective coaches are the ones who not only demonstrate care relative to their position or about their specialized knowledge, but ...
May 28, 2017
Teaching 260 Views
Having retired from public education after about 35 years in the classroom, I encountered withdrawal and so returned as a volunteer, guest presenter, and college supervisor. There are few thrills greater in life than working with excited teachers and engaged students.
I have discovered that good teachers want to get better; great teachers wish to advance strategies and skills; fantastic teachers want to know and be and do terrific things every day in every way to reach and teach every child. Regardless of the above mentioned category, these teachers want to improve so that their lessons engage students and bring them academic success. Yes, there are a few educators who prefer the status quo, drifting along with the current while trying to avoid stress, strain, or cultivating talents. Fortunately, I know little of these folks as I am not invited into their private realms nor do I necessarily want to go.
Inspired teachers light up the room with motivation and creativity. Students here ...
May 18, 2017
TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 236 Views
The International English Language Testing System Test or the IELTS has four parts 1) Speaking Test, 2) Listening test, 3) Reading Test & 4) Writing Test. The test has two different formats as well 1) The Academic test and 2) The general Training Test. Apparently, considering the complicacy of tests, the 'Speaking Test' seems the easiest of all the four parts. But in reality its' not that easy, especially for the candidates from non-English speaking countries. The 'IELTS' Tests are taken with a view to testing the proficiency of a candidate thoroughly in all forms of the English language. Naturally, in the speaking test, the proficiency of a candidate in 'Spoken English' is put to the ultimate test. The test is taken by a certified IELTS Examiner and the candidate has to interact with the examiner on different topics which are issues related to real-life situations. The examiner evaluates the depth and expertise of the candidate in spoken English through the discussion. In the ...
May 11, 2017
Classroom Materials 224 Views
~~ASEAN Now - Weekly Wrap, http://www.thestartv.com/programme/asean-now-weekly-wrap/, is a week’s worth of news that made the headlines across the Southeast Asian region in one quick and easy take.
In this article, I present some ideas that anyone can use to stimulate interest, guide students to understanding, encouraging them to try to listen to news programs in English and foster a more global view of the region and the world. With AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) coming into effect in 2016, the ASEAN nations have entered into higher level of collaboration. This also makes the region the third largest economy in Asia and the seventh largest in the world. So, it is useful for all students to learn English through current events that are happening in ASEAN.
These are some of the reasons an EFL teacher would want to use TV news in their classroom:
• TV News stories are short; usually lasting 3-4 minutes each. Anything longer than 10 minutes is often difficult for language learners to ...