I'm a big fan of Korean pop/rap/music for teaching. Part of the game and teachers in Korea have to get familar with it and it is a way to "connect" and help students learn English starting from their world. (which is most necessary and of primacy).
However, this week, I was introduced to the new song by C.N. Blue - "I'm a loner" 외톨이야 ( I would have translated as "I"m a reject") . However, charges of plagarism have aired. I love this tune but this older song from which the charges… Continue
There are 5 modertors taking care of all the different tasks for this year's extraordinary EVO Video session. Despite this fact, I have never been more deeply involved in EVO before. I feel like a Secretary in an organization ((as opposed to a lone video editor ;-) or a cameraman with a team :-)) spending LOTS of time on our EVO project.
It's the first time that the workshop is not about How To make videos for your students' needs, nor How To help your… Continue
However much I disagree with making a "day" out of this, like all those others, "Don't buy something", "Be happy" , "fight cancer" days, it still gives me reason to point out to the few others who might read, its importance.
Nature is cruel. It has killed anonymously, randomly, millions. But far more brutal and cruel has been man, poor mortal man. Killing many more millions with drum beats and bravado. The Holocaust,… Continue
And Other Principles of Great Teaching is the title of the book I have uploaded here. The title itself seems so engaging that I thought it would be nice to share here.
The master teacher mindset is really a disposition toward teaching. It is a
way of thinking about instruction, about students, about learning, and about
teaching in general that makes teaching fl uid, effi cient, and effective.
Many of us think that in order to be a good…Continue
** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST. VOICETHREAD
The web is a box of chocolates, however without a doubt, Voicethread is the one place I think all language teachers should visit, use and send their students. It doesn't get the mention it used to - but it sits there like a collossus that can't be ignored.
I confirmed something I suspected but hoped wasn't true... any file hosted on ning is blocked by Portland Public Schools. Images, videos, audio... even if I have put it in a separate object code, if the url of the file is hosted by ning, it's blocked.
This changes my work flow a bit. Instead of creating posts on ning and transferring the posts from here, I need to create posts on weebly, where I host my site for students (… Continue
I didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings or beliefs, the content of the video may not be appropriate for some of you. If somebody complaints I will delete ir right away. Or better still, David, if you think it is improper please send me a mail or delete yourself. Thank you. I can get really emotional with music and act too impulsively.
Sorry, I couldn't help adding this French song, it's been stuck in my head for three days so I thought I had to share it with my dear friends here. It's oldie but it brings back nice memories from the past when I used to go dancing with my friends, that was almost a century ago.
Sorry again. Hope you like it.
Thie post I would like to share today is one which generated a lot of discussion, prior to being published, and I hope to continue this series as I learn more about the various Web 2.0 tools.
My first post in the series is about three applications
The songs used in the slide show are from the correct species of whale, but are not the exact recordings that were used to create the wavelets. This was the best I could do with the materials I could find! What is interesting to me is that every recording will produce a different picture... I wonder what a wavelet of my voice would look like?
Since I started blogging and using web2.0, I’ve been thinking about so many things.
One of them is becoming an individual. I think becoming an individual is so different than being a human being because an individual is a person who is well-aware of the world around her. For me an individual is the person who realises the pains of the others, who feels responsible for the changes in the world and of course becoming an individual… Continue
There is A LOT that makes a great teacher. I guess that's why this topic comes up over and over and over again. Hard to pin down and wrap it in some formulaic response. However, The Atlantic "What makes a Great Teacher", just tried to and though they hit a lot of nails, they didn't manage to really build a house.
They expound on the "Teach for America", "Race for the Top" and "New Teacher Project", all cash cows to… Continue
I've just finished my first semester as a teacher of writing for an English for Academic Purposes program in China. As part of a group of 5 teachers here, our goals are to prepare students in China for transitioning to an American university after one year of study. Like many ESL teachers, I experienced groups of students in my classes whose English abilities cover a wide range of levels. Knowing that they need so much improvement before the enter the U.S. university system this fall, I feel… Continue
** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST. Flickr CC - Storm
Nowadays, it is imperative that teachers provide rich content and context when giving lessons. Pictures are essential and beyond your own picture portfolio - you should have a digital portfolio. Flickr CC has amazing photos and instantly they can be searched (try "transportation" for example) and easily… Continue
We have many, many videos of teachers teaching their students. It is so revealing and helpful for teachers to watch these, watch and see the little things. It really is in the little things that a good teacher becomes GREAT.
This teacher I'd hire in a heart beat. He's a… Continue