Apr 8, 2016
Lesson Planning 4380 Views
Understanding the parts of a lesson plan is among the first steps in closing the achievement gap. It is only when teachers can plan lessons effectively that they will be able to teach all their students, regardless of their socioeconomic background, sex or culture.
Lesson plans are a common feature in the lives of most teachers. Without a well written plan, teachers will be ill prepared, and this will affect their ability to close the achievement gap. Writing a quality lesson plan can be a challenging task for teachers and they may sometimes engage the help of websites which provide writing services for teachers. These websites that assist or give information on writing services for teachers and are widely available on the net and are a great resource for teachers around the world. They help in a variety of areas such as writing a lesson plan. When writing a the lesson there are a few guidelines that can be used as to build up and effective program. They include:
Goals These help ...
Apr 8, 2016
Speaking/Listening 2855 Views
Why listening does not always improve your listening skill?
How you can improve your listening skill effectively?
What to do if you are too lazy to search for good listening materials?
To improve your English listening skill is really easy. All you've got to do is listen to a lot of English... Right? Well, yes. But also no. The thing is there are some problems with this way of thinking. Why?
For example, do you find yourself listening to English, but sometimes stop paying attention? You don't even realize it, but several minutes have gone past and you have been thinking about something completely different.
I am sure, you don't catch any of the English words or phrases that you heard. Or maybe even what the thing you were listening to is about.
This is probably because you were not really listening. Your mind is going somewhere and you cannot concentrate. Obviously, this is not going to improve your English listening skills.
So why does this happen?
This happen because probably the ...
Apr 8, 2016
Classroom Management 3295 Views
What has compelled me to write this article, is often the lack of foresight teachers, particularly in primary schools, put into setting up their rooms.
As a relief/substitute teacher, I have, for example, found it difficult to get around the room to help students. White boards are often put to one side to allow the main central space for an electronic board. This prevents the easy use of the white board when any problems arise.
This article discusses issues that the teacher needs to address to create the best learning environment in the classroom. The three most important considerations are: 1. Ease of movement around the room for your students; 2. Creating a disciplined learning environment; and 3. Making sure that every student can see and hear everything that is going on in the teaching situation.
With these considerations in mind, you need to think seriously about the most appropriate place for the following physical equipment. (My suggestions follow each item). • White and ...
Apr 8, 2016
Tutoring/Home School 2883 Views
We live in a world of euphemisms. When someone dies we say, "they passed away." When a person lies we say, "they're economic with the truth." When a student has a serious retardation we say, "they are cognitively challenged." Euphemisms can best be described as a type of cancer running amuck. The problem isn't with their use, rather, the real danger is the underlying cause that promotes their use. We currently live in a global society that places value on disguising the truth. The better one is at disguising or distorting the truth, the more value they are given. Education has also been impacted by the euphemism pandemic. Parents are having to take it upon themselves to get tutors for their children as a result of the stagnation euphemisms promote.
It is better to appear forward thinking than actually be forward thinking. Appearing to be forward thinking means you change a name, reorder a process, or rebrand your business. Schools are doing this all the time. Schools will change ...
by Sarah Anne Shope, MS. Ed, TESOL, PhD
Dynamics of Advanced Classes:
Advanced courses often have more diversity, with students from a variety of countries. They often have higher levels of literacy, and they aspire to much more academically. Advanced students are usually more autonomous (self-governing) learners.
Some advanced learners are accustomed to learning grammar as it's integrated into a communication-focused curriculum. If they've learned early levels of English through a grammar-translation approach, they have probably gained listening and speaking skills along the way. If that's the case, they are highly aware of the need for a continued focus on listening and speaking. Also, they might have a concern for accent reduction if people have difficulty understanding them. Advanced students are particularly interested in the natural flow in speaking fluency.
A primary difference in the advanced student and the lower-level student is that the advanced student can recognize the difference in issues related to the sound ...
Mar 5, 2016
Classroom Management 4105 Views
This article gives 38 effective strategies for classroom management. These strategies may not be what you are used to and may require changes on your part. While there is no perfect method for eliminating all challenging behaviors, these are the strategies that I endorse and believe in as being the most effective for creating a positive classroom climate, based on my own experiences and research.
If you cannot get a student to follow rules, complete work, or be kind to other students after you have consistently implemented the strategies in this article, talk to your school team (administrators, guidance counselor, etc.) to determine what else can be done to help this student. The school team may need to meet with the child's parents and additional strategies may need to be put in place like an individualized behavior plan and/or support from professionals like the guidance counselor, school psychologist, or principal.
38 Effective Strategies For Classroom Management:
1. Say hello to ...
by Timothy G. Weih, Ph.D.
Mar 5, 2016
Teaching 2746 Views
It's a widely known fact that many new elementary teachers leave their jobs after only one year of teaching. A fact that isn't widely known is that they leave because they were fired. Terminating a new teacher can be accomplished very quietly, without any notice or interventions by simply "not renewing" the teacher's contract. In my almost 30 years as a teacher, I have seen many beginning teachers fired, and it wasn't because they didn't know how to teach, that's very well covered in teacher education programs, no, they were fired because of their poor conduct and improprieties.
The Truth Behind: "It Looks Easy."
No one really knows what it's like being an elementary teacher until they're actually doing it. Even though most teacher education programs require student teachers to spend many hours in real classrooms observing and learning from an experienced classroom teacher, it's the classroom teacher who remains in complete control over the cluster of children, and the ...
Feb 21, 2016
Learning Methodology 3058 Views
Let's face it; learning is complicated. In fact, the more we learn about learning through research, the more complex and nuanced our understanding of the processes involved gets.
The good news is that we have, in fact, learned a great deal in the past few decades about how the brain goes about committing new knowledge and skills to long-term memory. The bad news? Much of this information is sitting in obscure journals on dusty library shelves and sitting on websites only visited by cognitive scientists, psychologists, and neuroscientists.
For many of us in education--those of us who need this information to inform our daily work with students--some of this information may just as well have never been discovered, since so little of it has made its way into mainstream education channels and teacher training institutions. But never fear; in this article, and those to come in the next few weeks, I will tackle all of this complexity and break it down for you in ways that will allow you to ...
Feb 21, 2016
Classroom Management 3673 Views
Actually, is it possible to modify anyone's behavior if that person is not willing to listen to input and advice and eager to make some changes. Little kids may need modeling and practice to achieve acceptable behavior simply because they have not performed certain tasks before or because they have not had positive role models. When children have only witnessed misbehavior and poor manners, they replicate them unaware that other expectations exist. If Mom slouches and Dad swears and Grandpa hits and Grandma throws cups and forks to solve issues, it is no wonder that a child mimics these behavior. People tend to copy what they see, behave according to what they have witnessed and lived through, and push buttons as necessary to get what the need.
Many schools are implementing a behavior plan that includes five positive interventions by a teacher before s/he directly reprimands a student. So if Susie does not bring her book, a clear and necessary expectation for learning, I have the idea ...
by Adekunle Ibrahim Agbaje
Feb 21, 2016
Speaking/Listening 2858 Views
I am a scrabble game freak and I make no pretence about. In point of fact the game is about the only one I enjoy playing without getting tired of it. When I was younger I used to play with a couple of my friends sometimes far into the middle of the night. That was when I had friends and acquaintances living in the same city with me. Honestly we used to make a great game out of it. The competition was really fierce and we really enjoyed it. That was when the quality and quantity of my vocabulary started going up on the ascendancy until it has improved to the present level. However we have all since moved on. Careers and marriages have separated us all.
These days without the Luxury of friends and acquaintances to play with, I have resorted to downloading the game onto my laptop. Right now I have graduated to playing with the champion having passed the level of playing with the expert and the pro. I usually inflict defeat on the champion just as it does to me. My dream is to very soon ...