First blog post, so keeping it business: links to matrixfy my pages: 1 myspace, 1 e-snips, 1 EFL classroom:
Complements that I have recieved... Because you can never be called out on counting your blessings:
You are Handsome/You are a Handsome Boy (x400+... no exageration needed)
You are so well mannered
You are natural teachers
You look healthy
You use chopsticks like a Korean (I am assuming this is a compliment)
I think you do well here because you can learn how to be Korean... (not bad spelling, thats how it was said)
You are very tall
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So much to say and so little energy to say it. I got an apartment. It is 2 min. walk from school and it is really nice. Apparently the Vice Prinicple fought the Municiple Office of Education for me to get it even though it was out of budget. I will post a video of it this weekend. No oven, no dryer, no microwave, so shower that you would recognize, but it is the coolest place I have ever lived.
Everyone at Yanhak middle school has been great to me. Most of the English teachers speak a…Continue
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In the Jewish Faith the New Year falls either in September or October, the date this year is Sept 12th. The reason for the changing date is that the Hebrew Calendar is based both on the moon and solar cycles, similar to the Chinese calendar. The Greeting most commonly used among British Jews, is "Happy New Year, and Well Over The Fast", reminding us of the upcoming fast on the "Day of Atonement".
When I taught EFL, this was an exellent opportunity to learn about other cultures and…Continue
"All About Me" "Back In Town" "Please Please Me" "Two Shots"
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If you are building your own web page and want to add a flash .swf file you will need to use the full code. See just below this screenprint for instructions.
to get the code just click on this link, open the source of the page, change the URL of the swf file to the URL for your swf file(marked in pink above), change the dimensions to your liking (marked in dark yellow above), copy…Continue
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I'll be using this space to add and post teaching quizzes. Many out there meant to give a teacher insight into themselves and thus, better their teaching. "Know thyself" is an important thing to a good educator.
Teaching styles are important to know. We all have a tendency towards one kind of style and this effects the learning in the classroom and what happens. A good educator knows their style and in this awareness, adjusts the style to suit the learners or…Continue
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I am writing a short article to be published on a magazine for EFL teachers in Israel. It is about blogs. I thought I might write a few things that I intend to have published on that article, just to see if you, colleagues, think that I am on the right track.
I will just post here a few of the things that I have already prepared. The article (I have submitted a first draft which may be edited) is a bit longer.…Continue
I've always wondered what is the "je ne sais pas quoi' , that magical quality that great teachers have.
Is it simply their passion? Is it their knowledge? Is it their…Continue
I'm a pretty big cheerleader of our sister site, Classroom 2.0 and belong and participate in several groups there. Much like our Ning but focused on technology and its application for education.
Recently participated in a very enlightened discussion there (and sprawling, as is all thought).…Continue
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hi i'm just trying out the blogging feature
i might be able to use this in school this year but i need to get to know the tools first!!
I teach English Language Learners at a high school in Sacramento, CA.
I'm impressed with the work Dave (and others!) have done developing this site, and look forward to learning from EFL Classroom 2.0.
My "regular" blog is at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/.
Whatever the subject, I believe that stories should play a vital role. We are hardwired to learn through stories and more importantly to "embed" within our subconscious mind, the lessons and learning of life, by way of story. Wisdom is a story.
I have used stories in the EFL classroom and especially funny stories (there are some good ones in my teaching folder, about 25 simple ones. ) I have also had a lot of success using folktales and they are especially effective…Continue
It's funny how sometimes you spend hours creating an activity, sure that the students are going to really enjoy it and learn something too, only to find that you were wrong and the activity is a total flop. Then other times you pull something together quickly and it is a success, go figure!
A few years back I discovered www.PandoraBots.com a site which hosts AI chat bots that you can use in your websites. The chat bot itself on a web page is…Continue
I have always had a very cautious view about using a book to teach language. For many reasons which I'd like to elaborate on. I've had a few discussions recently about this, regarding new teachers and their need for a book. Most people advocate that a new teacher use a book -- or any teacher for that matter, use a book. I'm not so sure. I see the benefits and I myself as a beginning teacher enjoyed those. The structure, the ability to "seem" in control and perform as what…Continue
I teach my teachers a course on storytelling and part of it, I deal with Digital Story telling and especially getting their high school students to use their cameras, tech skills and tell their own stories. I have many examples on the video part of my site at www.ddd.batcave.net Stories are sssooooooo powerful and are in my opinion (and always will be) the nexus of teaching. Even science and biology are courses held together by this…Continue