If you've ever considered moving to another country, a popular choice to make money while your there is to become an English teacher. I've been teaching English in China for around 6 months now, and I can tell you there are definitely a lot of good things about living and working in China and also a lot of bad.
Read alouds represent an effective form of strategy intervention technique where students are taught "skills [but] within the context of language" (Strickland, 1993). Teachers can start with reading big books aloud as many as three or four times a week for ten minutes. Creating the conditions for interaction has implications for bridging oral and early literacy instruction.
Sep 7, 2010
Teaching 5322 Views
Schools across the nation are experiencing ever-increasing pressure to raise student test scores. In order to meet the growing demands of student achievement, educators at all levels have created and implemented strategic plans that focus on adult controlled variables such as professional development and the purchasing of computer-based learning programs.
Joanne Elliot outlines several activities for using groups to teach children. Activities include cultural charades, word association, and memory momentum.
Dec 19, 2009
Lesson Planning 5315 Views
One of my favourite parts of a vocal or instrumental music class usually happens in the first five minutes. Teaching time allotted for music is often at a premium, so whether the students are coming into your room on rotary or just changing over from another subject in the classroom, getting their attention quickly is important.
by Hamed Ghaemi, PhD Candidate in TEFL Islamic Azad University, Gonabad Branch
May 18, 2011
Teacher Training 5312 Views
There seems no shortage of ideas regarding what defines a “good” teacher in the context of IELTS instruction. Teachers and teaching have become subjects of conversation by a wide range of interested specialists. The literature contains a vast range of ideas, preconceptions and vested interests, each with a point of view to expound. One difficulty encountered in reviewing the literature is the way in which “good teacher,” “good teaching,” and “effective teaching” are often used almost interchangeably. They are, in my estimation, not the same thing. “Good teaching practices” can be employed by nearly anyone. Employing such practices does not, in itself, make one a “good” teacher. The problem with “effective teaching” as a measure is that it is generally related to some measure of “student achievement,” most often some sort of standardized test. Are such scores a valid measure of teacher “goodness”? I do not believe so. A “good” teacher should certainly be effective, and use those methods that seem to him most suited to the task at hand. However, there is another dimension to all this which separates the “good” teacher from the skillful technician.
Jan 8, 2010
Classroom Management 5306 Views
One of the best parts of my job in managing children's extreme behaviour problems is seeing adults in schools becoming increasingly confident in dealing with behaviour and managing kids who they previously felt were unmanageable. Today I went to a school to see a year 5 boy who has had appalling behaviour problems in the past. Less than 6 months ago the school were on the point of permanently excluding him from mainstream school...
Apr 4, 2009
E-Learning/CALL 5301 Views
In our quest to find online educational games and learning activities for preschool kids, we did a detailed study to see how well they fulfill parental expectations and needs. Our findings show significant gaps, indicating challenges and new opportunities for online educational websites for preschoolers.
Should we use textbooks in the ESL classroom?
ESL textbooks are a lucrative business and the choice of available course books is seemingly endless. That being said, the use of textbooks in the classroom remains a contentious issue for many teachers and researchers. As is often the case both sides of the debate have valid points that should be considered. This article will look at some of the positives and negatives of using textbooks in the ESL classroom.
It is believed by many teachers and researchers that textbooks limit the learning and creative potential of students and teachers. Littlejohn, in (Hutchinson & Torres, 1994, p.316) claims that textbooks ‘reduce the teachers’ role to one of managing or overseeing preplanned events’ which can be demoralizing for teachers which then filters through to the students. Scrivener, also talks of textbooks having a negative effect on teachers, claiming that teachers who succumb to the temptation of using textbooks have a tendency to ...
May 25, 2010
Classroom Management 5285 Views
Five main causes of teacher stress and solutions.