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Learning Communities

Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27. 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. 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. 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. 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




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Rewarding Student Achievement

I have always promoted in my own teacher training, the need for teachers to focus on praise and student success. Nothing breeds success like the feeling of success .... 

One way to do so is to give out student achievement…


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The #1 (way to motivate students)

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



If you want your students to learn, if you want your students to learn long term, if you want your students to progress --…


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Nothing breeds success like success

I've shown this video a number of times during my lectures on "The 7 faces of Happiness".

What it suggests to me are two important things:

1. How important school is to a child/student.

2. How giving students success really promotes more success.

School should be a positive, warm place. A place…


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The #1 .... (quality of a successful student)


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

Grit / Perseverence

I asked my B.Ed. students this question recently - the number 1 quality that research shows will lead to a "successful" student. They came up with many great qualities but didn't hit the nail on the head -… Continue

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Famous Author Interviews

Reading Rockets has a fantastic page of interviews with loads of famous children's authors. All with transcripts too!
Wonderfully insightful, I've spent most of the day avoiding marking and enjoying them.

Here Eric Carle of "The Hungry Caterpillar" and "Head to Toe"…

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Electronic Writing Journals - Advice, Examples, Suggestions?

Hi everyone,

I'm a grad student currently working on a CALL topic presentation focused on creating an online writing unit complete with lesson materials. I wanted to integrate an electronic writing journal in which the students would be asked to 1) write on assigned topics and 2) reflect on their learning experiences throughout the course. The goal of the first task was to hopefully prompt the students to share their entries with their classmates and discuss. The goal of the second… Continue

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Busy as a Beaver

beavers We have so many "hypothesis" about second language learning. I've commented on this before.

Today, just a shout out to the one thing I know that works for all. Not an hypothesis but a fact, - being busy. It's all about just keeping at it. It's all about day in and day out. That goes for teachers too.… Continue

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My Blog Year In Review

2011 was a big year for myself as a blogger. I blog for several organizations in addition to this blog (both this public one and the one on EFL Classroom 2.0). So I'm always shocked by my output - over 270 posts on this blog alone in 2011. However, even more suprised by the joy and pleasure I have making a blog post. I don't count, or do it as a duty. I enjoy sharing, I enjoy the thought I suck upon like a…


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In Praise of Praise

Thumbs_up_by_Wakalani I sat down this morning, coffee at the ready, ready to write some advice to new teachers about the coming school year. I thought about the usual things - classroom management, organization, icebreakers, action research, personalizing, then for some strange reason I started thinking of Mr. Worth, my high school math teacher.

Mr. Worth was a string bean of a man always smiling. He always was standing outside of his classroom greeting every student and not just his own.…


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Bend it like Beckham. - Hit it like Hiddink!

I'm not much of a soccer player anymore, had my day and that's that. However, I've always admired the success and uniqueness of Guus Hiddink - the coach who propelled Korea to the World Cup semi finals. He coaches like we should teach (and I submit, an English language teacher is more a coach - getting his players to play well than "instruct" preaching at his players. (** he also is a "where I lay my hat is my home" kind of guy - much like many a language teacher)

He is… Continue

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The #1 ...... (site for debate materials)

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

True Tube


I've been on TrueTube since the beginning and watched it flourish as a go to site for great, critical content for educational use.…


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Online Chain Stories - What worked for you?

Another aspect of this writing CALL project that I am working on is to initiate an online chain story with imaginary class. As a pre-lesson activity, I'm asking my students to take a survey I've developed online. The survey is intended to get a gauge on their individual learning styles as well as their preferences for writing topics ranging from politics to science fiction. I'm going to use the results of the survey to develop a chain story. The class is going to be divided into groups and each… Continue

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The #1 ... (teaching factor leading to student success)

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

The teacher's own expectation of the students.

Yep, that's right. Teachers who think their students are smart will have smart…


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The #1 .... article about teacher development

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

          The Making Of An…

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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,… Continue

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New Digital Resources Site

You may have noticed we now have a new / beta: "Digital Resources" area/site.  I'm excited and will be slowly working towards a full release/launch Sept. 01. 

But in the meantime enjoy the Digital Resources eStore, I'll be updating with…


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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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Update: My Book Is Now Available on Kindle

My book "Principled Possibilities - Ideas for Teaching" has just been accepted onto the Amazon Kindle site. You can find it here: Kindle Link with a look inside and a free preview.

Principled Possibilities - Ideas for Teaching is a unique publication representing the summation of four years of graduate study, and my own experiences, discoveries, experiments and successes over eight years of teaching English language…


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Monkey Chat -my one online activity that was a real hit

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…


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