by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Mar 12, 2017
Teaching Methodology 408 Views
In the fall of 1961, I started Kindergarten, and I was horrified to discover that I was uniquely different from the rest of my 12 classmates-I found out that I was adopted! I was having a conversation-I loved to talk-with another boy about where babies came from, and we agreed that they came from our moms’ tummies; however, he was fast to point out that I, in fact, did NOT come from my mom’s tummy, but instead from some other mom, because I was adopted. I was not sure what that meant, but I remember not liking his tone when he said this, and as a reaction, became very angry, which means, I most likely started yelling, “No, I’m not!”
Later that afternoon when the bus dropped me off from school at our family farm, I recall telling my mom about this terrible lie that a boy from school said about me being adopted, to which she responded that I was, and told me the story behind my adoption. This news was very upsetting to me, and to complicate matters, I had an older sister ...
"When all think alike, then no one is thinking." - Walter Lippman
The development of technology plays a highly vibrant part in media evolution from outmoded to contemporary technology presentations for its messages to reach every individual consumers. As a result, the media does changes which are evidently observed among its genre such as films that manifest complex structures to impress audience. Furthermore, it can be perceived that from films' posters to their end credits, are unseen factors which tend to be highly pedagogical for English language acquisition when imaginatively and seriously handled by language educators. This inventive awareness anchors with the theory of audio- visual literacy which supports the said material for the enhancement of learners' linguistic and communicative competence. This concept fetches us to a solid idea that every film's features do not only function as purely entertainment but are possibly noteworthy in language achievement. In other words, ...
Oct 12, 2016
Study Abroad 397 Views
In the present age, the available streams of education are vast. There are thousands of courses offered by reputed universities and enrolling for one of them can help you to elevate your skills and your demand in the market. With blooming technology these days, it has become easier for students to determine their business careers with the help of experts. Many education directory websites have been established and surfing these portals can help you to understand how opportunities are just waiting for you. Taking online courses offered by universities has become a common practice and there are plenty of benefits hidden to it.
The first big benefit of finding courses through school directory websites is the number of alternatives made available for prospective students. You have a plethora of listed institutions that offer online courses and you have the right to choose one as per your preferences and choices. Some of these institutions may mention certain eligibility criteria, which ...
by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Mar 7, 2017
Career Development 394 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 393 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, ...
Academic institutions of learning are now turned into international communities with diverse students of varied and complex cultures. As a result, instructors must strive to put in structures to accommodate all the cultural diversities of students in his/her class. This is very important because educational institutions must be communities where cultural hybridism is encouraged to serve as a pilot community of peace and unity. However, instructors must be assisted with practical steps in knowing how to handle a class of students with varied cultures. This would prevent any form of culture abuse that may stir anger, chaos and mar the unity that should be the hallmark of every academic institution.
The instructor must provide a learning context that is friendly to all cultures. To be able to do this, the instructor must take time to study the different cultures of the students in his/her class. S/he must research and know more about the cultures of the students so that s/he wouldn't ...
by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Mar 9, 2017
Career Development 388 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 11, 2017
Classroom Materials 383 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 ...
by Kalpesh Madhukantbhai Chhaya
May 28, 2017
Other 379 Views
Education is the primary agent of transformation towards sustainable development, increasing people's capacities to transform their visions for society into reality. Education not only provides scientific and technical skills, it also provides the motivation, and social support for pursuing and applying them. For this reason, society must be deeply concerned that much of current education falls far short of what is required. When we say this, it reflects the very necessities across the cultures that allow everyone become responsible towards quality enhancement.
Improving the quality and revelation of education and reorienting its goals to recognize the importance of sustainable development must be among society's highest priorities. It is not that we talk only about environment but also about every component of life.
We therefore need to clarify the concept of education for sustainable development. It was a major challenge for educators during the last decade. The meanings of ...
Jun 21, 2017
Teaching 376 Views
Elementary schools that still schedule students into self-contained classrooms could be depriving their students of a better education. Teachers in self-contained classrooms are not always the most qualified people to teach all four core subjects (literacy, social studies, math and science). In addition, teachers in self-contained classes are generally not confident in teaching all four subjects. Schools should seek other ways to schedule their teachers that better support both teacher and student achievement.
Before the school starts to develop a different model for its students, the administration should investigate the certification of all teachers. This will allow the administration to stay in compliance with all federal and state laws before giving teaching assignments. In-addition, the administration should talk with teachers to find out which subjects they are qualified to teach or would feel comfortable teaching.
This information will give administration the background ...