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We all have been there. A student in class is not involved, not giving their best or just plain bored. What do we do? Do we keep plugging away, trying everything that we can to get that student reinvigorated with the current lesson? Or, do we possibly appeal to something that is important in everyone’s life? That all important factor is, or many times can be, extrinsic motivation.
Extrinsic motivation is something that drives people every day and in every field, subject, and workplace imaginable. For example, why did you go to college? Most likely, you did it to get a better job or to get a raise.
Many of our adult, and younger, students have similar motivations that increase their desire to learn English. A student may want to work for an international company, score better on tests in their college English class, or show off their new found ability to their friends and family.
How do we use it?
As such, how do we use ...
Aug 1, 2013 3179 Views
Questioning in different ways can extend students' understanding of the subject.
It can enhance their critical thinking/problem solving skills.
It can teach the vocabulary of the subject studied.
It can develop an understanding of and the use of the language and terminology of ...
Aug 1, 2013 4311 Views
You may have not been doing the counting but I'm sure you knew someone who was. You may even have discussed the mannerisms at lunch and as a result, your group may have given the teacher a nickname that recalled the mannerism.
These mannerisms, be they verbal or physical, impact on the way your students react to your teaching. At Teachers' College, during a subject called, "Art of Speech", our lecturer talked about the need to have pride in the way we, as teachers, use language. It was important always to ...
Aug 19, 2013 5063 Views
This reporting process has its difficulties often related to getting to know your new students. Sometimes, this is caused by the shortness of Term One and the very busy schedule of activities necessary to get the new year underway.
Therefore, when it comes time to begin your First Term Mid-Semester Report you find yourself wondering which student belongs to a particular name. He/she is on your class list but try as you might you cannot put a face to the name. He/she has simply got 'under your radar'. Don't be alarmed. It usually happens in first year high school classes. You need to remember that you probably teach five classes consisting of up to 140 students that you need to get to know in a ...
Oct 6, 2013 3051 Views
This is when I began the task of changing my questioning techniques. I researched the power of the questions I asked and found that the types of questions I asked were not helping my students think and learn. I was focused on the answer instead of the question.
I also realized that when I did ask questions that required the students to think, I was thinking in my head, "Please hurry up, I've got two more points to give you before the bell rings." Thus, me reverting back to the knowledge based, yes, no type questions.
The idea of the content coverage, I felt, dictated the type of question I asked. Coverage of standards are very important in public schooling. As your test scores reflect your ability to cover the standard and "hopefully" teach it to ...