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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




All Blog Posts Tagged 'tips' (39)

The Devil's in the Details: Small things teachers should do!

I just spent a day evaluating Korean teachers in their classrooms, as part of the TEE (Teaching English in English) program. I'm going to keep away from that topic - it's still too raw, so to speak. However, I did take lots of notes and some things kept repeating themselves. Mostly small things that teachers weren't doing. So I thought I'd itemize things , small things that I feel all teachers should do but most don't ...…


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Writing Tips from Bukowski - Don't Try!

I've always loved Charles Bukowski. Though much of his writing is "off" when he hits it - he's dead on. God like.

I was reading today, thinking about the writing process and Bukowski's wonderful poem, "IF I Taught Creative Writing" came rushing back to me. So here it is below. Along with a recent Bukowski video I made of his immortal "Broken Shoelace". -- He always gives good advice.

If I Were to Teach Creative… Continue

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Teaching Tools - Get them all here!

I've finally collected all the "TEACHING TOOLS" we have on the community into one nice handy place. Our TEACHING TOOLBOX.

These are all click and play or downloads which will help teachers: Spinners / Clocks / Timers / Makers /…


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Listening Activities that Work!

I published this on my "outside" blog a few months ago. For some reason I forgot to publish it hear at "home". So here it is - a nice blog post with tons of Listening Activity ideas. Enjoy and hopefully you'll find something that will work with your own students.

Listening! Activities galore for your classroom!

Listening is a very overlooked skill in our classrooms. It is as vital (or even more so!) in the beginning as speaking and we should treat it so.… Continue

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The 7 "Deadly" Sins of New Teachers!

One of my previous blog posts spoofed the 7 "marvellous" sins of great teachers. Now, I'd like to unspoof and get real and talk about "new" English teachers. I just spent 2 days interviewing 29 new teachers each day! Wow, talk about a treadmill.....…


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Teaching Recipes - Got one?

teaching recipes

I've long been a fan of very simple teaching ideas - the basic core of all good teaching. My Lessons in a Can are part of that. Now however, we've got a new Web 2.0 resource which you can be a part of - Teaching Recipes.

The idea I came up with is to have a very basic site where teachers can share their lesson ideas. Just small notes to help other new or newer or just wanting to be re"newed" teachers. A… Continue

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Class Tools - a nice place to make games/presentations!

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I've been back again to the marvelous ClassTools site. On the site, you can very easily make all sorts of presentations and games. Just click and check out the games on the side of the site. The one above I made in 2 minutes! Just get an embed code. No… Continue

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Commercials in the EFL Classroom

I use commmericals a lot in my classes. For many reasons;

1. A clear, concise message. Great as context for language learning.

2. They are short!

3. They are hip. Cultural translatable and current.

4. Easy to spin off into other areas of learning. Great for engagement.

5. Wonderful for teaching media literacy, critical thinking!

To that end, see the handout…

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Practical Teaching Skill Tips

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This is #1 of a series of presentations focusing on micro teaching… Continue

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Teaching Tips for the Trenches...

I recently got a barage of requests for "advice". I really am honored and EVERY time try my best to give the most and most apt advice I possibly can given all the variables involved.

This got me thinking and of course, "out popped a powerpoint"! I thought I'd record my thoughts in some fashion, to help all those new teachers continually entering our great profession. Also, to give a second sober thought and second wind to all those who are… Continue

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teaching in korea

i just had a great interview with manager of a school in south korea, a few minutes later the recruiter emailed me and said that she was pleased with the interview but wants to know if i went to high school in us? that is a visa requirement. can anyone confirm this?


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IN Praise of Slowness...

If there is one piece of valuable advice that could fit almost ALL teachers - it would be to "S L O W D O W N!"

One area of course is in terms of speaking speed. Teachers need to let students process language and really suck the communicative juice out of words. They need CI along with their O2! Comprehensible Input in the form of being able to follow the speaker and let the gears of their LAD (Language Acquisition Device) grind them bones… Continue

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Exam 2.0 - Make Exam Online and Get Results Automatically

Now that the New Year’s Day hangovers are a thing of the past, it’s time to trade in the warm sofa for cold, hard desks as the spring semester approaches. As technology is developing so fast last year, Web 2.0, E-Learning, Mobile Learning and collaborative learning are changing the way we live, learn and teach. As a teacher in 21st century, how do you take the new technology to your classroom becomes a popular problem, especially for the non-technical teachers.…


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Top 5 Warning Signs the Teacher isn't yet a Teacher

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

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Tips For Teaching Languages.....

If I had to say my number one tip for teaching languages.....I couldn't. There is no No. 1, top dog, big cheese. Why?

Well, I think us teachers are all so different. What works with one, with another it bombs...... All depends is the defining language....

But if I were forced to state something, I'd probably first say -- "Make it necessary". There has to be a need and a teacher can go a long way in providing that fundamental emotive drive and desire.… Continue

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Tips for Learning languages.....

My number one tip for learning a language is...................

Well I have too many for there to be a NUMERO UNO but if I had to say something first, I'd say --

"A little Every Day".

Just a little a day adds up. Do whatever you like - watch videos, go to class, memorize words, mumble infront…


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Top 10 Language learning Tools (my list - what's yours?)

I just sent Jane Hart this list of my top 10 picks of language learning tools/aplications. Take a look at her page for more lists from many more educators! Very insightful and lots mentioned.

My top 10 list.

1. Voicethread - Without a doubt, as significant a development as the pencil was to learning! I really mean that. Simply… Continue

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How to embed swf files (for techies)

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…


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