I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue
Mixwit is shutting down. When I heard it from the horse's mouth on their blog I was bummed. There are quite a few other virtual mixtape sites out there, but I have grown fond of mixwit after winning the mixtape contest. It is unlikely that EPIK songs of the week will continue as it looks like Muxtape has also shut down. Muxtape is open about how its shutdown is the direct… Continue
Today I launched Project Peace, a collaborative project where classrooms from all over the world can share peace videos of themselves. Watch the example videos there and download the songs/lyric cards and take pictures of your students. Put them together with the music and bingo! - you have a peace video. I'll be adding up lots of resources for classroom teachers to access for teaching peace.
I know I'll take a lot of flak for this and I know it isn't the standard way to go when talking about "teaching" (the standard approach being to talk about what is "good" teaching), however, during my years of helping teachers, I've come upon some warning signs that set off alarm bells and signal A) the teacher really isn't fit for teaching B) the teacher has potential but really needs some "basic training".
Our profession is unusual. We are experts (us native… Continue
I've been thinking for awhile that my English for Friendship & Fun materials would be useful in US classrooms, where there is often one or more students who are new to this country. It's difficult as a classroom teacher to always find time to address the needs of these students; it might be useful and fun if the student could log on to EF&F for awhile and mess around : ).
When to an EPIK conference in Gyeongju yesterday. For the first time ever all the Pohang EPIK teachers were gather in one place and it was really nice to see people that I have not met in quite awhile.
I learned a lot of the conference and was pleasantly surprised by what I was expecting to be a complete dog and pony show. The theme was co-teaching and the speakers and coordinators had a sincere interest in improving our experiences at work.
DJMcCrady is an amazing photographer I found on flickr. He gives lots of technical information for those that can decipher it, and the original size is quite large, 1800 X 1800 or more... all distributed under the creative commons license.
I am especially fond of his astrophotography of nebulae (the first stage in a star's cycle, yes?) The flickr slideshow is a convenient way to share, but if you are taken with his… Continue
I love and use often, any kind of video in the classroom. Here is a presentation outlining some tips and also detailing the MANY kinds of videos that can be used - ranging from How To videos to Mr. Bean to classic instructional videos...so many types.…