Dec 6, 2014
Teaching 3262 Views
Have you ever been sitting in class or a lecture or just listening to someone speaking using the same word or phrase over and over again, (e.g. 'ah'; 'OK') so that it becomes distracting? Yes, you have!
All of us have words or phrases that we are prone to use often. One such phrase might be, 'That's OK'. It is fine to use these phrases often if they are used in the right context. However, it is not 'okay' to use them as 'space fillers' as you think of what you want to say next. A pause in your speaking is better, as it can create a sense of anticipation in your students about what comes next and gives you a chance to get your thoughts together for what you want to say. Let your eyes roam around the class to make sure the class is ready for what comes next. This is a better 'space filler'.
As a teacher, one of your prime responsibilities is to be as perfect an example as possible of the correct use of language.
Using words like 'okay' often, can show a lack of vocabulary. On the other ...
Jan 14, 2009
Pronunciation/Phonics 3261 Views
I recently got a long, anguished letter from a couple with a five-year-old in kindergarten. The school’s curriculum was built around learning 76 Sight Words. The child was not making progress; the parents were miserable. They had decided they must homeschool their child.
The couple said ...
Jun 21, 2009
Writing 3261 Views
There are different structures possible in essay writing. In high school, the inverted pyramid or funnel structure is the most widely taught and, therefore, is the form that is demonstrated in this manual. It provides a clear model to enable you to express your ideas effectively and easily, it is important that you master this first.
Aug 1, 2012
Teacher Training 3261 Views
What Makes a Master Teacher? Current thinking among educators looks toward seven key characteristics.
Mar 30, 2012
E-Learning/CALL 3260 Views
More and more teachers are using social media to connect, interact, and engage with the students in real-time. Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and such similar ones provide an engaging way to learning.
May 6, 2011
Learning Methodology 3258 Views
For students to remember and be able to retrieve the information you are covering it's essential that your lesson plans always include time for these: feedback, processing and repetition. If you don't include these 3 techniques your lessons are destined to be quickly forgotten. Ironically, as teachers are increasingly pressured to increase student achievement on test scores, the amount of time spent of these 3 kings of learning is lessening.
Mar 26, 2009
Reading 3257 Views
Sometimes it's tempting to think that a person's favorite book is the secret to unlocking his character. That's what makes Who Reads What -- a directory of celebrities' favorite books assembled over a twenty-year period by Glenna Nowell of the tiny Gardiner (Maine) Public Library -- so immensely fascinating. Sometimes the books seem to confirm exactly what we think we already know about their readers.
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, ...
May 10, 2010
Reading 3255 Views
Something seeming insignificant, like sight words, can be powerful in boosting reading proficiency. Struggling, average, or skilled readers alike can benefit from increasing their storehouse of sight words.
Oct 11, 2009
E-Learning/CALL 3254 Views
To ensure that online training is providing the right training, for the right people, with the right return, creating meaningful performance assessments for online training is crucial. With meaningful and periodical performance assessments, training instructors would easily and efficiently measure all performances and provide valuable feedback to learners in training progress and then increase online training effect.