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Online Course Management System - FREE. Would you use it?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Mitchell Lee Feb 12. 7 Replies

I'd like to know how many teachers would use a completely free course management system , if offered here? Meaning, you can create a course there,…Continue

Tags: atutor, technology, online, ecourses, elearning


Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

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


December 2009 Blog Posts (32)

Living Abroad....

The end of year edition of the Economist has a great article titled "The Other", about living abroad. Lots of very intelligent thoughts on the struggles and serenities of living as an "expat". A definite must read for teachers living abroad.

I'd always been perplexed at the propensity of foreigners to complain about the locals. It is endemic and whenever I go out , more often than not, the… Continue

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Extra Hour Class: Nerdy Pursuits

Morgan’s Extra Hour Class!.ppt

I have been blessed with not only a Winter Camp in my school, but a couple of extra hour classes. I am making the materials myself, and has pretty much free reign over the topics. My VP said it was important to have a couple listening tests, to prepare for the Seonung (sp), but other than that whatever.

I took this opportunity to create a survey for… Continue

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Winter Holidays PPT + Dreidel Game

winter holidays.ppt

I apologize for the anachronistic nature of this post. It will remain moot for abut 11 months, but I hope at that point it serves some use.


So, I made this PPT to discuss the various holidays observed during the holiday season (formerly the Christmas season). I discuss Christmas, Kwanza, and Hanukkah, as well as delving into the origin of pagan… Continue

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The #1 ...... (faux pas / weakness) of instructors.

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

Not Pausing while speaking

I've been in a lot of classrooms recently. One thing that becomes abundantly clear is that most instructors aren't pausing enough while speaking. Students need time to process language, students need time to think about the answer to a question, students need time to "wrap their brain around things".

This is under appreciated by English…


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Operation Butterfly

This story is kindly given by Kevin Honeycutt, EFL member and creator of Art Snacks. Thank you, Kevin!


Years ago when I was a new teacher and given to doing crazy things to excite the learners in my classroom, I did a terrible thing and I knew I would have to work hard to get my students to forgive me. I was teaching art to grades one through twelve and each day was a dead run from class to… Continue

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The Spirit of Education

The holiday season is here and I thought I'd take the opportunity to speak openly about something that has been bothering me for a long time - the selling of lessons/materials for teaching, online. I want to speak openly and strongly while reminding our community and teachers everywhere of the important "spirit" that runs through our profession as it does Christmas and the miraculous metaphor therein - giving without thought of receiving.

The last few months, there has been… Continue

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Letting Your Hair Down....

The last month or so, I've been blessed, visiting many English teacher's classrooms and experiencing their lessons. Unfortunately, it is part of "officialdom" but that's just something I deal with and more importantly, I focus on "being there" and giving advice to the teachers and also just on our own conversation.

One thing I've become more convinced of through these visits is the power of educators who have real "rapport" with their students. I can almost tell within the… Continue

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Don't Give Up!

To participate in this blog post, play in the Sandbox for a few minutes.

Click your mouse to start the sand flowing.

Type "c" to change colors.

Click on the small gray square for more directions, if desired.

Fun, yes? But kind of hard to really make something.

Now click through the slideshow below. I took one of the sand artists from the This is Sand site, Kolibri, and… Continue

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The #1 ..... (story for teaching about Christmas)

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

The Gift of the Magi by O'Henry

I know, I know, there are so many great Christmas stories. I know, I know, you have your own favorite. However, all the great stories don't hold a candle to The Gift of the Magi.

It has withstood the test of time and most importantly has brevity, power, plot and of course for the English teacher - specific vocabulary!

Here is my…


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Reworked Fairytales?

Does anyone know where I can find some fairy tales that have been reworked or have a different ending? For camp, I want my students to change a fairy tale and then put on a play. I want to show them some examples to inspire them. Any ideas?

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Educating Young Minds - What gives?

An interesting article, excerpted below in the N.Y. Times - "Studying Young Minds and how to teach them", got me thinking about something very special today.......

I taught grade 4 for a few years and also began my teaching career as a Jr. Int. teacher. Throughout all the time I've spent with young learners, I've come to one unamazing… Continue

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EU Grants for course on Web 2.0 in Language Education

'Designing activities for the 2.0 Language Classroom' (A Comenius professional development course)

In conjunction with the Utrecht University Summer School the Faculties of Education of Heidelberg and Utrecht Universities of Applied Sciences offer a 7-day, international course exploring WEB 2.0 applications such as Wiki and Web-logging, real-time communication (Videoconferencing and 3D Virtual Worlds) and the Language Quest format for integrating the World Wide Web into classroom… Continue

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Integrating Technology for Active Life-long Learning (IT4ALL) Talks


I would like to introduce you to Integrating Technology for Active Life-long Learning (IT4ALL). IT4ALL provides free online workshops on Moodle for Teachers (M4T), Web 2.0 Tools for Educators, TESOL-O, ESOL, and other exciting e-learning workshops and courses on how to improve instruction and learning. You are invited to enroll in the courses available,…

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The #1 ..... (documentary about education)

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

          Jane Elliot's Daring Blue Eyes / Brown Eyes Experiment

This is a timeless classic. Always ready to give us pause and get us thinking about the "ghost inside our machine". Jane has…


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The #1 ...... (way to know a teacher is an expert)

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

They use the whole classroom

Teachers that use the whole classroom and make every part of it "their home" -- are most likely to be those that are "great teachers". Inexperienced and less effective instructors tend to stick to the center "jump zone" - right in front of the desk and in the center of the room. From there, teachers exert "power" and "control" (think of a teacher as a… Continue

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Philosophies of Education - My own. Share Yours.

Sooner or later, every teacher who is around long enough, will be required to submit/produce/write up, their philosophy of education.

I really think it invaluable to make this "thought visible". The process itself helps to solidify your already held beliefs and give you some "clear road" as a teacher (but don't make it too is a highway sang one great…


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The #1 ...... (story for predicting)

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

The Eyebrow Story by Peter Reynold's

This story highlights the power of prediction for engaging students in a story and prompting them to produce language. Simply get a student as a reader (with a microphone if possible). Read together and stop at certain points. Ask…


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Telling Our Stories

Determined Divas

I came across this link on Larry Ferlazzo's blog. I thought I'd capture it and repost here. I'm thinking it would be good if we had a category for these stories... a way to catalog them. 6 Billion Others, Journey to the End of Coal,… Continue

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Performance Task with English Language Learners

I just had a great conversation with Paty Corral, sharing her experience conducting a performance task with her English language learners:


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