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Favorite Movie about Teaching?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Apr 23. 88 Replies

I'd like to compile a list of movies…Continue

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Learning Communities

Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27, 2017. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue


Started by Christina Shepherd in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 26, 2017. 1 Reply

How does implementation help you out throughout the year? I am curious to know what things have worked for you and what things have not worked for you through an implementation standard.  Continue

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19, 2017. 74 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

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I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.

Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it in the classroom?

Also see all the Alphabet related books, all levels, on Gif Lingua Books. 


Alphabet Videos and our Alphabet Resource search

Students can study and learn the alphabet on EnglishCentral. Teachers registerand assign video lessons and track student achievement. 

This is my favorite Alphabet video.... I also used those phonics things/videos on the practice page in phonics. They are cool.

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what a great voicethread! Now that I think of it, there are so many ways to use the alphabet in class - not just for beginners either!

Try these attached Alphabet Organizers and get your students to brainstorm vocab for any kind of category (animals / jobs / personal adjectives / countries etc...). Then share them, make posters, play categories or guess it games....

If you do countries - you can use this crazy video to prompt the students!

You'll LOVE this guys Alphabet video blog...wow, he has it all. So interesting.
David, you should like it- you helped me make it extra cute! And you have heard Gabby, you can testify that she is indeed a little dog with a big bark! (Ouch, she's doing it again!)

I also had to add this wonderfully creative alphabet video from our own archive....gotta love this one, always makes me hungry.

Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0
Here is a fascinating presentation of all the letters of the alphabet in butterfly wings!

Kjell B. Sandved wrote The Butterfly Alphabet. It all started when he saw the letter F clearly in wing of a butterfly. It took him more than 25 years, with visits to more than 30 countries, to discover and photograph all the letters of the alphabet in butterfly wings.

View HERE.

I wrote in Lessons in a Can, how to use this presentation I made, to teach both the alphabet and the ASL signs. A great TPR style of learning! These make great pictures for the classroom or flashcards (File - Print Preview - Select # of slides on each page - Print).


Here are a few from my youtube page:

The normal ABCs

Normal Again

A little cooler

The coolest

Now...what can we do with all these letters!

1.) Spelling Chant

2.) ABC organizing with Songs and Touch to Learn Alphabet

I've attached the file, but here's the link for making the project: ABC Touch To Learn It's quite simple. Pick an ABC song (kids love the Rock and Roll version), and take some ABC cards from the wall and have the students pass them between each other. Stop the music and whoever has the card has to put the cards back into the right place. You can adapt this so easily to incorporate more language, patterns, tasks, or the more authentic and natural conceptulizations of touch and color and the relationships of both with the letters: I have kids who will just walk the alphabet and feel the letters, or sharpen their pencils on them, but whatever! I've been planning on doing this with phonics (from a less structuralist perspective) as well to incorporate more of that future oriented and independent learning, but not yet...

Here's a picture of my old ABC wall (My new room is much nicer and the ABC wall is much prettier now!!):

Sush a nice activity, Nelson! I am wondering what the symbols mean before the letters (in your directions):

/eI/  AJK
/aI/  IY
/e/  FSXLMN
/ju:/  QUW
Misc:  HROZ

Also, is there a reason behind the color groupings?

Do you know that using sandpaper letters is a common technique in special ed instruction here? Get that tactile sense in. Interesting how many crossovers there are, as David as noted and researched.

I wish I had my own classroom of young learners! I know that I cursed things many days but also miss it deeply. Such a real connection and it allowed me to really "do" education as I believe and as you are suggesting -- in a way that children/students learn in an "affective" / "effective" manner. Personally, beyond all the theory and long words - language teaching methodology can be divided by those that believe we "mostly" learn unconsciously and by participating in meaning filled action and those that believe we consciously learn rules, connections, responses. I by far, lean on the left - if I may say it that way......

Here is my favorite ABC presentation. Kids Love Bembo! Amazing!

On our Elementary Page, there is also an alphabet category chalk full of great presentations for the ABCs....
Something Rawya wrote me I think says it best... we do our best to teach with love. David, I think that is it! That is what I do. When the children are very little, they do not hide their need to learn in a loving environment. When we get older, we make a defense against showing our vulnerability, but it is still there, we still have the same needs.

Yes, I think it is possible, obviously, to learn in an environment that is not loving, but what a stark difference. Whether it's language acquisition, or organic chemistry. We can learn in joy, and have it be a kind of healing experience from all the other things that are bound to happen in our lives, have it strengthen us and give us confidence and a sense of our value in the world, a sense that, if we get it long enough, almost can't be taken away... or we can struggle to learn in some degree of pain.

I think what I mean to say is, when I teach through love, it has never been the wrong thing to do. Whatever else the circumstances.

The symbols are phonetic markers for how we typically pronounce the ABCs (I'm not sure if IPA or not, but out of a Cambridge book I found in China), not for teaching through phonics. It's the same with the colors: they coordinate with the similar sounds: A, J, K. Also, it's the same with the grit of the sandpaper: 2000 grit was B, C, D, E, G, and so on.

Again, both you and David are so in tune with "it". I love the theory, for it has helped me develop so much, but as you both mention, it's the meaning. For me it comes down to community and connection; I think much the same as what Ellen calls teaching with love. For all the professionalism and books and hoops we create, it really comes down to the simple human connections: you really can't go wrong if you have those values (love and the importance of community) as your central tenants, nor will your students be let down. It's just so interesting that through all the information/theory I've processed, I've been brought to THE simplistic answer: community and connection. People may have different ways of finding "it" or may have different names for "it," but essentially the same ground is covered.
I am in love with Zambia...

I'm thinking it might be nice to do a complete A-B-C book on Zambia... does anyone have suggestions for which slideshow or other program to use?

By the way, the Cookie Monster song works for Zebra... Z is for Zebra, that's good enough for me...
Daivd, or anyone else : ), do you know why, when I try to go full screen, it says Fullscreen is not enabled on this web site? It is just a ning slideshow... I made it from jpegs....

Also, is there a way to prevent it from automatically playing?
Yes, they do eat bees!

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