Aug 25, 2014
Writing 5646 Views
As a relief/substitute teacher, you see many great ideas created by teachers. Here is one such idea. Items one to nine, below, were on a poster with the title, "Writing Checklist" in a Year Three class classroom. What follows each item in the checklist below is what I would explain to my class about each item. (I have reorganised the original checklist into ideas I feel fit together, e.g. presentation).
1. Have I read my writing?
Does my writing have all the ideas I wanted to include?
2. Does my writing make sense?
Is the story in the right sequence? Are there any confusing words or phrases?
3. Have I left out any words?
You can leave out 'little' words because your mind works faster than you can write.
The next four deal with the presentation, particularly punctuation.
4. Do my sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop?
5. Are there 'talking marks' around words that people say?
6. When I read my writing, do I have a comma or a full stop when I pause?
7. Is it ...
Dec 3, 2009
Lesson Planning 5643 Views
This guide is not meant to be the one and only way to develop a lesson plan; however, it is going to provide you with at least some good methods to start with. A general overview highlights the key points of creating a useful and working lesson plan.
Mar 27, 2009
Grammar 5627 Views
English is today's lingua franca; its evolution is driven by the current demands for information and the need for global communication. It has unarguably become an important academic and professional tool. It is recognized as the most important language through which the increasingly mobile international community interacts and learns. However, despite its worldwide use, English is still considered the most difficult European language to learn and read
The lower performing ESL student needs two important things to reach success - a good solid reading program and lots of opportunities for positive reinforcement. Making a remedial reading class work is just like any other class, only the rate of success is sometimes too often slower and not always easily felt amongst the ESL teacher.
One of the questions most often asked by students learning English as a second language is, What's the best way to learn English? The answer to that question is simple.
Jan 31, 2009
Teaching Methodology 5602 Views
This is a short follow-up to a previous article on the viability of virtual worlds as language learning/teaching platforms, in specific Second Life. Focus here is the use of SL (Second Life) as a component of blended learning.
Abstract: How to assist in getting English language learners help by building strategies into your lessons, and using these tools to create vocabulary and increase fluency.
Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners
As in any good building, if you want to begin properly, you need to build a solid foundation that will support it through the construction process. Similarly, if you want a student to build a foundation of knowledge, you need to construct a base of learning that will see that person through to understanding of the material. In both cases, this is where scaffolding comes into the picture. Whether you are using verbal scaffolding to model how to pronounce a new word, to instructional scaffolding to intentionally use graphic organizers to prepare students for the content of a new chapter, or building strategies into a lesson is critical for ELL/ESL students. One solution to a student not being able to pronounce a new word correctly, even after several attempts, ...
Jan 3, 2011
Career Development 5589 Views
Resigning from any job is difficult. Resigning mid contract from a teaching position is very complicated. When a teaching contract is signed, both parties intend for the contract to be continued for an entire academic year. Schools hate to lose teachers mid-year because it disrupts the students’ educational experience and decreases their yearly academic progress. Although this is something that schools do not like, it does happen.
Oct 26, 2013
Learning Methodology 5580 Views
Benjamin Bloom's Levels of Taxonomy was created for educators to plan effective instruction. Using the levels during lesson planning and creating assessments assists the teacher in reaching all modalities of learning.
Using Bloom's Taxonomy's helped me understand how thinking was classified. There were certain areas I wanted to reach when teaching a concept and the classifications or taxonomy helped direct my questioning techniques.
To direct the questioning of my lessons, I created questions from the verbs in the taxonomy classifications. If I wanted high, complex questioning I would use words from the analysis, synthesis and evaluation areas.
I always wanted my students to think deeper, use problem solving skills, discuss with peers and seek further information on the concept to be learned.
In my opinion, the foundational idea would be for students to learn a concept using Bloom Taxonomy's and transfer that knowledge to other concepts.
· Understand-Explain ideas/concepts
One of the greatest hindrances to ESL coaching is Teacher Talk Time (TTT). Teacher Talk Time is the amount of time that a teacher spends talking in the class. Since a tradition English class to English speaking students is often dominated by teacher explanations, many teachers think that this should also be the case in an ESL classroom. However, the opposite is true. The less a teacher talks usually the more effective the teacher will be in an ESL class.