The term modern foreign language (MFL) is used to distinguish between foreign languages that are currently in use such as French and German and dead classic languages such as Latin, Classical Chinese, Attic Greek, and Sanskrit.
One of the most popular methods to teach MFLs is the language lab. A language lab is an audio-visual or audio installation that is used to aid language teaching. Students get to learn through audio, video, flash-based games, and the Internet. A standard language lab features several student terminals that have PCs with headsets that have microphones attached and a teacher’s master console. The teacher is able to control the entire system. The teacher is able to track learners’ work and to alter materials to fit students’ individual requirements. Students are able to record their own voice for future playback and to interact with teachers and other students.
There has been a shift away from the PC-based, software-only language labs that are located in a single ...
Taking a few minutes out of our busy school day just to stop and be still can be hugely beneficial. Yet stopping feels counter-intuitive when we are rushing around - teaching, preparing for the next class during our break time, playground duty, catching up with parents, meetings after school and so on. It can be hard to find time for a quick coffee, let alone actually stop for a minute!
However, when we get into the habit of stopping for a few deep breaths, we can actually become more efficient, more focused and more energised. The hard part is remembering to stop.
As I sat down to write today my cat clambered onto me. She couldn't fit on my knees because my laptop was there, so she climbed onto my chest and rested her chin on my shoulder. I continued to type, trying to peer at the screen over the top of her, feeling frustrated because I just wanted to get on with my writing. She started to purr and I realised how I was rushing through the day just trying to tick things off my to-do ...
Numerous adults look back fondly on their days as a child. Many of us remember the names of our elementary schools, but few of us remember our teachers. For those of us who do look back, we can often place one specific instructor who made a significant impact on our young, developing minds. So, teachers, here are some tips on how to make an impact on your students!
Incorporate art into the classroom and the curriculum. Hands on projects that rely heavily on imagination are not only out of the box and fun, but take learning to a deeper level. There are thousands upon thousands of crafty ideas for decorating and organizing the classroom.
Some ideas for creative learning include:
- Reader's theater, where a group of students put on a miniature play about a book that they have read in class
- Finger paint illustration, having the students illustrate what they have read in their own way
- Improvisation, getting the children to act out lesson plans on the fly
Any sort of ...
In recent years the field of neuroscience has been applied to almost everything from the legal profession to sales and marketing.
Why? Because every human activity is a result of our thinking and the workings of our brain - and neuroscience expands our understanding of just that.
As well as determining how we think, make decisions and generally behave, our brains are obviously key to how we learn, so the more neuroscience uncovers about this, the more the growing field of "neuroeducation" emerges.
A New and Growing Field
Increasingly there are people around the world who recognise the limits of the present educational systems and are committed to transforming it, in the hope of better preparing a new generation for making valuable contributions to global progress.
Re-creating education is no easy task. Everywhere, old methods and practices are deeply set in. However, a recent study by the Wellcome Trust in the UK found that over ninety percent of teachers there claim to use ...
Efficient Teachers are not just aware of the right content to be delivered but also are aware of the strategy to deliver that content. Teaching or Instructional strategies are a teacher's compass when it comes to effective involvement of the students in the process of knowledge absorption and assimilation. This in turn has a direct co-relation to knowledge retention.
Teaching strategies range from low involvement of the learner all the way to extremely high levels of learner involvement.
Direct Instruction - Lectures, Drill and Practice, Demos are examples. The teacher in these settings is in lecture/fact delivery mode. The students are in receive mode. Interaction is minimal or absent. This is a useful strategy when a new concept is being introduced and the complete attention of the class is desirable. The same holds true when a demonstration covering a new concept is in progress.
Indirect Instruction - Though akin to direct instruction, the sessions are not intensive. A relaxed ...
The A.C.T. Strategy Part 1 of 3
Prison. Juvenile detention centers. The mean streets of the city. All of these things and more are possibilities for kids these days. I know, because I've been there myself. One simple, stupid mistake made when I was a teenager led to four hard years in a correctional facility, and during that time I spent nearly every day feeling like I had completely destroyed my chances of having a life. It's a harsh, empty feeling and one that nobody should have to go through.
I turned my life around, however. It wasn't easy - it never is - but I was finally released from prison after what felt like an eternity. The first months after getting out were rough. Jail doesn't exactly prepare a young person for a role as a model citizen, after all. But today I've moved into a management position at a highly successful company and spend much of my free time as a youth mentor and professional speaker, trying to help at-risk kids avoid the same mistakes I made and start ...
With the No Child Left Behind legislation, teachers are being increasingly pressured to meet several standards, both at the state level and federal, as well as being accountable for the progress of their diverse student body. Many teachers don't feel comfortable teaching English Learners, and so presenting the content in a way that is efficient and effective can appear daunting.
The answer may be in integrating across content areas. According to the Utah Education Network, when we integrate content areas, instruction increases in depth and cross curricular connections to real life emerges. With English Learners, this will mean more opportunities to explore, investigate, and, scaffolded learning through the use of funds of knowledge, and motivation to demonstrate and share findings through multiple channels of production.
Short and Eschevarria (1999) recalls how teachers find the task of fitting all standards of language skills and content into each and every language lesson. They ...
by M. Francine Jennings, EdD
As a professor of arts integration, I often use storytelling as a teaching tool and have recognized that as I demonstrate various methods to tell a story, I use at least one of Howard Gardner's eight multiple intelligences.
Gardner defines an intelligence as the capacity to solve a problem or create a product in a naturalistic setting; in other words, according to Gardner, the question is not whether someone is intelligent, the question is how someone is intelligent. To answer this question, Gardner professes that we all possess eight intelligences, although some of us are more dominant in some than in others. From this, I surmised that every time I diversify my storytelling methods, I am essentially giving my students an opportunity to show me new capabilities and strengths.
Below are eight methods I've used to teach storytelling with examples of how each connects to one of Gardner's eight intelligences.
1. Traditional Storytelling with Words Only: Students tell a story based upon ...
The elements involved have to be well-known to better appreciate the scope of this emerging philosophy:
Actors: teachers, students and parents. Each one of them will see things differently, and knowing how to make them buy your new proposition will be the key to your success.
Processes: lesson preparation, outside of classroom time, inside of classroom time, evaluation.
It's an alternative to the traditional teacher/lecture centered approach. In a flipped strategy classroom contents are multimedia based and are accessed through some LMS outside of school. Classroom time is used to deepen that home-acquired knowledge using other strategies, as project based learning, collaborative tasks, etc.
For teachers it is a great way to improve lessons' structure. Resources can be mapped from the syllabus and new activities can be implemented for classroom time. For students it can be challenging, after all you are taking them out of their classical school environment. But they are also ...
Churches (2007)'s intellectual and timely revision of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy is a consequence of evolving varied areas of instructions dictated by fast changing times. This contemporary taxonomy pursues to elevate the order thinking skills that every learner should acquire. With the proliferation of emerging technology and media intervening with pedagogy, changes are yielded paving educators' innovative perceptions to flourish. These variations enabled the alliance of media and technological tools in pedagogy to form common goals for the viability of knowledge absorption. Because of these two factors' inseparable interconnections, technological fruition is media proliferation; both are adopted as teaching tool-kits. As a favorable result, traditional learning is systematically being replaced by 21st century methods and strategies in formal and non-formal classrooms as a manifestation of advocacy among educators worldwide.
Benjamin S. Bloom's (1956) Taxonomy of Cognitive Domain which ...