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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

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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

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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

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Never Work Harder Than Your Students

And Other Principles of Great Teaching is the title of the book I have uploaded here. The title itself seems so engaging that I thought it would be nice to share here.

An excerpt:

The master teacher mindset is really a disposition toward teaching. It is a
way of thinking about instruction, about students, about learning, and about
teaching in general that makes teaching fl uid, effi cient, and effective.
Many of us think that in order to be a good teacher, we need to have all the
answers. We focus our time and energy accumulating strategies and skills,
hoping that if we have a big enough bag of tricks, we will be prepared to face
whatever happens in the classroom. (.....)

Ultimately, master teachers don’t just magically develop the master
teacher mindset. Teaching requires a vast body of knowledge. We have to
know pedagogy, but also must be experts in our subject area or areas. This
huge body of knowledge can be an overwhelming hodgepodge of largely
disconnected facts, unless we have a system for organizing the information.
Master teachers learn how to organize their teaching knowledge into meaningful
patterns and from these patterns develop a set of key instructional
principles. Their entire instructional practice is governed by this small set of
core principles and they rigorously select strategies and teaching approaches
based on these principles rather than become enamored with every new
strategy or technique that becomes in vogue.
I call these principles the mastery principles and the rest of this book
is devoted to helping you learn to apply them to your own teaching practice.

The mastery principles are
1. Master teachers start where their students are.
2. Master teachers know where their students are going.
3. Master teachers expect to get their students to their goal.
4. Master teachers support their students along the way.
5. Master teachers use feedback to help them and their students
get better.
6. Master teachers focus on quality rather than quantity.
7. Master teachers never work harder than their students.


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Comment by ddeubel on January 27, 2010 at 9:57am
Thanks for this book and I'm going to tackle it this weekend when some quiet time hits.

The points mentioned seem very practical and "doable". Besides, who wouldn't argue with an author who says, "do less than your students". :)
Comment by Ellen Pham on February 1, 2010 at 9:56am
Rosa, I haven't read the book yet, but I have stumbled upon a blog you might enjoy- Copy/Paste - Dedicated to Relinquishing Responsibility for learning...

The link goes to a lesson about summarizing that I especially like, and think could be useful in the EFL classroom.

Comment by Roselink on February 2, 2010 at 2:41pm
Thanks Ellen, I'll have a look ASAP. I've got so many things coming that "AP" is going to take a while

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