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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

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17, 2018. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10, 2018. 79 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling

Favorite Movie about Teaching?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Apr 23, 2018. 88 Replies

I'd like to compile a list of movies…Continue

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Giving students room to do their own thing

"but I gave them the room to just do the thing. Figure it out, go create" - Diana Laufenberg

One of the things I've often done with teachers and students alike is just give them a set of materials, say flashcards and then, "just get out of the way". Let them decide how to use them and let the learning objectives naturally emerge from their own processing and interaction.

It's scary but it is the new paradigm that we are facing in education.

Diana Laufenberg in her short, valuable TEDx talk - hits on this among other things. That with information surplus, kids no longer have to come to school to get information or be "informed" or "lectured to". They come to school to be part of a learning culture where they engage with the content/curriculum - they don't just consume it.

We have to give students a reason to come to school. And not just to be around their friends. We have to give them the chance to explore what THEY want and in their own fashion. Student created content - the mantra I've been expounding through my textbookis something appropriate for our day and age. It allows students to try, to try again. It emphasizes "doing" rather than "repeating". It de-emphasizes the teacher as the "general" and makes them more of a "producer" that behind the scenes gets everything in place.

Take a watch, Diana offers valuable examples of the Sugata Mitra methodology of  "I'm going away now". A method that won't just be experiential in the future but rather what teaching is all about....

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Comment by Headrick von Pizza Head on March 18, 2011 at 7:03am
 I've been using more and more of the Andrew Finch worksheets they really foster autonomous learning in a non threatening enviroment. The key is just to put them in groups. Give the high level groups a dictation. Give the mid level groups a survey and give the low level groups a brainstorm. You get a buzz of activity which baffles most co-teachers.

Comment by ddeubel on March 18, 2011 at 11:43am
Yep, you got it. It is as simple (but sometimes frightening) as that.

Comment by ddeubel on September 16, 2012 at 2:27pm

Yes, Tell Me More is still a classic.

 Here's the link for the person who recently asked me about this. 

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