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Online Course Management System - FREE. Would you use it?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Mitchell Lee Feb 12. 7 Replies

I'd like to know how many teachers would use a completely free course management system , if offered here? Meaning, you can create a course there,…Continue

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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?

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


Spelling Bee Champ Interviewed

Kiran Chetry interviewed. Might be a interesting to students, even motivating. Sure is interesting to me - just his own personality and "uniqueness" . I celebrate that, we all come in many colors.
What do you think about Spelling Bee mania?

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Comment by Cristina Milos on January 12, 2010 at 5:48pm
May be honest?...
Spelling bees are the worst championships ever imagined. I avoided spelling bees throughout my all 14 years of teaching. Why?
Because I simply do not get the point- psychologically, pedagogically, intellectually...
Comment by Ellen Pham on January 12, 2010 at 7:45pm
I've never participated in a spelling bee as a teacher or a learner, but some kids really like them. I've only witnessed kids preparing for these contests at a very local level, but I've been surprised how much some kids enjoy running around with a big, stapled list of words to memorize! And the oooo, ahhhs they get... wow, you can spell ALL these words?

I guess if you really excel at it, you would want to go on, like an Olympic champion of spelling. There was a documentary out about the National Spelling Championships a few years back, Spellbound. I didn't see it, but it was supposed to be a very good movie. I did check out "where are they today" at Wikipedia.

The problem comes in when participation in any competition is mandatory.

I've also noticed people tend to emphasize the importance of anything they have a knack for : )
Comment by Ellen Pham on January 12, 2010 at 7:54pm
That interview is a hoot!

Comment by ddeubel on January 12, 2010 at 11:22pm
I hear you Cristina! I do think that this should be an option (Ellen's stance I think) but it shouldn't get much focus or attention. For me, the "Spelling Bee" as a contest really highlights all the other ways in which education becomes a competition, a fight of who is better, who less. This is endemic in many educational systems no matter how "PUBLIC" they appear. Think of even our own classrooms -- why do children "compete" for the attention of the teacher and to ask a question? (think of all those hands being raised, like it is some competition). But we have not just spelling bees but reading contests, debate, public speaking, art/music "contests", science fairs, quiz competitions and the list could go on and on and on. I'm all for highlighting student achievement but isn't there a better way then - "1, 2, 3 and not up to stuff"?

But this kid I love! Bothers the teachers I talked to but me, not at all.
Comment by Ellen Pham on January 12, 2010 at 11:55pm
I was going to add, after the problem comes in when participation in any competition is mandatory, well I guess that throws grades out the window (funny, I first typed "games" instead of "grades", a Freudian slip typo!)

I think the issue in classrooms is more about what Cristina said elsewhere, that every child feel (honestly) treasured, that you keep reassuring your learners that you like them so much... and if you don't, you've got to work on yourself until you do! (Completely possible)

I really do think contests belong outside the classroom. Then, if you want to compete, good for you! If you don't want to compete, good for you, too! But you can't really have a contest in the classroom and say it is optional. The effects will be felt by those that don't compete as much as those that do. (No fun being left out, especially if you are shy and easily embarrassed to begin with!)

Comment by ddeubel on September 16, 2011 at 1:42pm

Want to challenge yourself? Play The Spelling BEE!


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