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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

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

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17, 2017. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

Tags: 5, top

Use of L1 in the ESL classroom

Started by Evanthia Pogiatzi in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 10, 2017. 4 Replies

Hi people, i'm doing a research on whether is good for English language teachers to use the L1 of the students or the target language (English) when teaching in the classroom. So i would really…Continue

Tags: teaching, methodology, language, l1




Graphic organizers are so important to teachers and students. They are a great foundation of learning, organizing experience for further hypothesis and learning....use 'em!

We have a powerpoint with all sorts of essential/basic types of organizers. Very handy to use and put up on the board with a screen (so you can write on them). Also, go HERE for other graphic organizers to download! This page also has a great overview of organizers and the types/uses for EFL / ESL.  Brain Pop too, has loads of simple graphic organizers in pdf to download.

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Absolute gorgeous material! I hope I can make my students work with it!!
Here are some more graphic organizers!

You might also be interested in Tony Buzan's video presentation on mind mapping. The attached template can be used in millions of ways...
This has some nice graphic organizers in it.

Also, see my "mind map" organizer - really generic and handy for almost all brainstorming....

I made  this handy, large K W L organizer that could be useful for some teachers. 


Plan to show a video. Before, ask what students Know about the topic. Get them to brainstorm in the K row

Next ask student what they want to know/learn about the topic. Get them to brainstorm in the W row

Finally, watch the video. After, ask students what they learned. Get them to brainstorm what they learned. 


Alternatively, you can do all these steps as a whole class and not just groups. 


Here are two really nice templates to use with students. 

1. Compare two things.  Students decide on the criteria and then research and present.

2.  Famous person research template / poster.  

3.  Brainstorm template of 10 things. Also boxes to rank them. 


I got inspired to design this very simple lesson after attending Annie Griffith's plenary at Mextesol. https://www.anniegriffiths.com/

She showed slides of her photos from all over the world and urged us teachers to get students thinking about the world and answering questions, keeping their curiosity alive.

So use this template for students to write down a question to answer (teacher provides or use the questions in this presentation).  Then students research and come back and tell the class the answer. Make sure to leave time for further questions! 


Here is the ppt.  Images are in gif and moving in the downloaded version above. 

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