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August 2010 Blog Posts (31)


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The #1 .... (video for teaching about mother nature)

Number One ** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.



HOME (with subtitles)



I've been spending some time zooming through Japan's country/city side this week. A fascinating blend of nature and man… Continue

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New websites for your convenience

Conversational English for business (the website says but small talk and talking about the weather can be a topic in all sorts of situations.

Save the Words funny application to save endangered words, use them or lose them.…

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New Teachers - Essential Resources on EFL 2.0

I just finished a whirlwind 6 day week of workshops on technology and language teaching - given to mostly new teachers. I had a wonderful time and the energy of the teachers always renews me, no matter how tiring the 6 hour sessions a day truly are.



It got me thinking that I need to do a better job here - creating a directory of essential "go to" resources for new teachers. Would also benefit other teachers, new to the site.… Continue

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Making online class newspapers

I'm a BIG HUGE CRAZY fan of the power of RSS and aggregation. If you don't know what RSS or "real simple syndication" is - watch this cool Common Craft video.


RSS basically brings things from around the web to you. I've used it…
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The #1... (person answering grammar questions)

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Richard Firsten - Grammatically Speaking



Richard has been answering grammar questions from teachers for years. They are all collected on one nice page and you'll find the answers to most anything that has puzzled… Continue

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Mutation is Inevitable

Lately, there's been a lot of talk about whether the internet (or our use of it) is making us stupid. If you haven't already, you can read the text that started the controversy here.



But, if I were you, I'd read… Continue

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Wrttn

Wrttn is as they say, "simple, clean, no ads" place to write and share online. I really like these kinds of web 2.0 applications that allow classes (teacher and students) to work/write collaboratively at one place. I've reviewed Pirate Pad and recommend it…

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In Praise of Praise

Thumbs_up_by_Wakalani I sat down this morning, coffee at the ready, ready to write some advice to new teachers about the coming school year. I thought about the usual things - classroom management, organization, icebreakers, action research, personalizing, then for some strange reason I started thinking of Mr. Worth, my high school math teacher.



Mr. Worth was a string bean of a man always smiling. He always was standing outside of his classroom greeting every student and not just his own.…

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Let's Interact with picturebooks!

There are tons of things to do through picturebooks.

We aren't just a reader. We can be a writer or an illustrator.

I hope you spread your wings of imagination and share your thonghts with friends. Way to go;-)

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Getting to know about where you teach ....



English language teachers travel and like strangers in a strange land, try to learn about their new "home". It is important to learn about the culture and history of the people you'll teach. Language is about and in turn, wrapped up with culture and identity.



I've lived now 5 years in Korea and will be indelibly tied and connected to this amazing peninsula. Along the way, I've tried to understand my students and the people among who I've… Continue

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The # 1 .... (pronunciation site online)

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Phonetics



There are some good pronunciation online sites, video or otherwise - but none beat the Univ. of Iowa's Phonetics.… Continue

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My Summer of Discontent

"Living is an affair for those who turn on the ovens"



Believe it or not - I'm usually a very positive guy. In life, in the classroom and online. I'm accused often of being too positive and forward looking, being naive and idealistic. I used to take those condemnations and wear them as a badge of honor. Optimism is my Pascal's gambit - there is no "win" in being negative so all things… Continue

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Zen and the Act of Publishing a Book (Part 1)

Jeremy Harmer made a comment in defense of big publishers the other day. He said, "the cost of producing a book is horrendous these days, the investment staggeringly high."



Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu. I took that as a challenge so within 8 hours I CREATED and PUBLISHED a book. Not some frothy, blablabla book but something substantial and which practicing teachers or teacher training programs can use.… Continue

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The #1 ... (mispelled word in English)

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Misspelled!



Yes, if you caught the mistake in the title, you are well on your way to being a great speller! Almost everyone, native speaker or 2nd language learner, has a problem spelling certain words. It usually comes down to how we processed the word when we first "learned"… Continue

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Profit, Waste and Education

[This is a first in a series on how "profit" and corporations continue to erode and threaten the fabric of education - learning. There appears to be "learning" and "progress" but the results are limited except for profit statements.]



Putting 2 and 2 together.



Sometimes, "learning" is about connecting the dots and putting 2 and 2 together. The ancient Greeks valued analogy and thought it the basis of all thought. I do… Continue

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More on Reflective Teaching

reflection I'm a big fan of reflective teaching and use it extensively in my teacher training programs. Especially reflective writing / journal writing. There is something about the act of writing in this way, that makes one intimate with oneself (as Schon, the grandfather of this subject once put it). It gets one growing as a teacher and I still look at my teaching journal from my first year teaching and learn a lot!



In ELT, you can't go wrong visiting some of Thomas Farrell's books… Continue

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Geography at the Movies

I'm an anthropology major and later graduated teacher's college with a Geography specialization. Irregardless of training, I love geography so Geography at the Movies is just an outstanding site!



I've written about it before but finally they've made their old archive available with most of the best films. Wanted to let everyone know. On Geography at the… Continue

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The buying of "community"

This is a reply I posted to Pearson's "new" social networking site. Hired guns drumming up business and time of hard working teachers. The post speaks for itself. I'm not against Jeremy Harmer or even Pearson. Just the notion that you can hire people to promote yourself without them explicitly noting they are paid and bought. End of story... Read on for more ....



Jeremy,



Can I be TRULY honest here?

Is your teacher talk time…

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