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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

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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

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal


Using The Board - some tips

Using the board is something that seems "simple" but yet requires a learning curve and gets better with experience. Here are some things I've gleamed from experience and put to good stead over the years. (and by no means am I an expert - see one of my boards on this presentation as proof! - but I try!)

This presentation I've used in workshops to regular classroom teachers - Instructional Modifications for Language Learners has some useful and comprehensive advice too.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on April 21, 2010 at 10:22pm
Really cute... I had no idea there was so much to it! My fav board tricks-

1. Colored Chalk

2. I write out my agenda in a circle pattern. This implies continuity AND flexibility... hey, at least to the teacher! I have an example I made for a scribblar class, brb

Have you seen Connie's pics of her real slate board? I think this might be my favorite thing she posts... why won't teachers let us into their classrooms more? (I know why! We are not nice/trustworthy enough!!!)

With whiteboards, this could be a dying art, David. Some things will apply, but there is nothing quite as free as letting kids play on a slate board. Chalk is cheap, you can't ruin it, you can't ruin the board, either! Lots of jobs for the kids... as the teacher gets a moment of peace and quiet to pull together his thoughts ; )
Comment by Ellen Pham on April 21, 2010 at 10:24pm
PS I wonder if some woman-teachers are so good with the board because of all the practice we had as kids... You probably didn't beg to play on the board much in elementary school, did you David? I don't remember seeing you there ; )

Comment by mark connor on April 22, 2010 at 4:23am
Blackboards are so old fashion now. IWB (Interactive Whiteboards) are now the in thing. A bit difficult to find any tips like your presentation, but here is a link.

Comment by mark connor on April 22, 2010 at 4:57am
But I still love blackboards though. :-)
Comment by Ellen Pham on April 22, 2010 at 5:05am
Mark, I was helping another member find materials for interactive white boards... here's some excerpts from our email:

There is a good discussion going on at Classroom 2.0:

There are 10 pages of comments, I might start at p.10 (the most recent) and go backwards!

Here is a game that would be more fun if you could touch a screen instead of use the mouse..

and using the same idea, here's a musical one:

Sorry I don't know more about that technology, Rawya... but someone on Classroom 2.0 should be able and willing to help.

Rawya, we do have a few resources.. under the Teacher's Toolbox:

I'll keep my eyes open for more ; )

Glad to hear you still love blackboards... hey, at least everyone knows how they work!!

Comment by mark connor on April 22, 2010 at 6:42am
Thanks. I use the IWB a fair bit,as it gets the students involved in the lesson. I try to use it to record what I write on the board as well. Most of the lessons that I get for Maths come from It has been great to start the ESL students on simple mathematics and number recognition.
Comment by Ellen Pham on April 22, 2010 at 6:51am
Hey Mark, you reminded me of something I want to post in the maths discussion... tomorrow ; )

That looks like an interesting discussion. It is late and I have to read it more carefully- but I didn't see any math per se in it. Am I missing something?

Could be, I am getting sleepy. Looks great, though, I look forward to reading more tomorrow (I am just thinking about producing an online art book for elementary teachers, based on my own dear sweet Art for Elementary School Teachers instruction in the 90's, which was based on dear, sweet artists in the 60's, who believed in people creating art, not just in being "exposed" to artists.

So the link is serendipitous!

Comment by ddeubel on April 22, 2010 at 8:16am

Glad you still love blackboards!

I love IWBs with young ones especially. So much fun. But alas, despite appearances, the board (white or black) remains a staple. I know so many classrooms that have a smartboard but they never use it (including a few of my own lecture rooms!).

The Teacher's Toolbox has links to our whole big lists of IWB resources plus instant lessons/applications. My old teacher's college has become a leader in Canada in ICT and despite them demanding Macs, I still follow up on their courses to keep me up to date. It's Nippissing Univ. in Ontario.

I liked some of the suggestions on the link you sent. My main use and what I find great is the vocab. / picture dictionary that is right at your finger tips. If a teacher learns how to use that - you can almost teach without paper/pen! Just bring up the photos, touch/slide/categorize/label/play...... I have to start testing out the recording, I think in many cases that can be a great resource for students . The hard thing is getting them to watch it though!!!!

Comment by mark connor on April 28, 2010 at 11:24am
Sorry guys, the link to to an essay on elearning that I am writing.... here is the link to smartboard lessons.
Comment by Ellen Pham on April 28, 2010 at 4:19pm
Hey Mark- there is a little mistake in your link that keeps it from working properly- it has two http when it's clicked on. When you go to make a link, you have to select the http:// stuff that is already in the box before you paste the url in there. Fortunately, I've seen this before and know where to look ; )

Here is the corrected link:

Wow, what an extensive resource!

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