Join Illuminate Education for an educational webinar where they will explore the crucial issue of reaching English-language learner students (ELLs), one of the fastest growing segments of school-age population.
The inability to meet the needs of our ELL populations has created disproportionate outcomes. Many ELL students have been unintentionally denied educational opportunities due to the system’s failure to meet each student’s specific needs. Let’s work to better understand the problems so we can ensure future ELLs have the guidance and instruction they need to succeed. [Read more…]
The Socratic seminar is often discussed in the context of English language arts classes. Among its benefits, practitioners mention drawing on the value of open conversations to foster deep thinking and analysis, developing a group culture for learning, and enhancing communication skills.
All of these benefits are equally valuable in the world language classroom, and Socratic seminars deserve more attention in this context. I’ve been working to bring Socratic seminars to Spanish classes, and these are my classroom-tested suggestions to incorporate them in a way that allows students to become more robust, independent, and critical thinkers. [Read more…]
What are your fundamentals of teaching? I asked myself this daunting question when I took over a college course on the foundations of education. The syllabus required that I address the history of our current school system, debates over reform, standards and testing, teacher preparation, and more.
I also wanted to highlight for my students the essential ingredients that had enabled me to have success in my teaching. For that, I needed a list.
I’m a compulsive lister. From a running tally of favorite writers to the menu of school-approved lunches on my fridge door, lists populate every corner of my life. A list is many things: memory device, record of ideas generated, dynamic display of knowledge.
A list is starting place and end product, often the first task when wading into a complex issue, and often the last task when development is done and implementation begins. I think of lists as both ground floor and roof.
Incorporating new technologies into our teaching practice does not mean we need to reinvent the pedagogic wheel. The learning principles that underpin many of the tasks, activities and approaches we commonly use today can be improved, extended or even transformed through the considered and informed use of new tools such as virtual reality. In this post, we’ll look at two ways in which VR might be used to achieve this.
You’re a taxi driver, go! You’re checking in at the airport, go! You’re in a restaurant and you’re not happy with your meal, go! [Read more…]
As the English language supervisor for Kota Kinabalu district in Sabah, Malaysia, I’m in charge of assisting English language teachers in my district with their professional development needs. One of the areas that many English teachers in Kota Kinabalu seems to struggle with is technology integration in the language classroom. Teachers generally find the idea fascinating, yet many lack the confidence to do it. [Read more…]
Like many people around the world, I recently took time off at the end of December and the New Year to relax at home. A common feature of any holiday season, alongside eating large meals and seeing family and old friends, is playing games. For example, my son was playing with a new video game console and within a short time I was addicted and striving to reach the ‘next level’. Then, after finishing off yet another large meal, someone suggested playing a board game that hadn’t been opened since last year. Initially, there was typical resistance to starting a game which had a long set of rules and which could take up the whole evening. And yet, 15 minutes later, everyone was thoroughly engrossed and participating fully. [Read more…]
First of all, 🙏 to those that attended my webinar. I hope as well as learning a few things about emoji, you had as much fun as I did! The webinar was heavily reliant on audience participation and you certainly all got stuck in with your sharing, answering and questioning. There were a few things that I didn’t quite have the time to go into more detail with, so I’ll try and address them now.
The hands together emoji is a good example of one of the main talking points that came up in the chat box during the sessions – the ambiguity of meaning. Is it ‘thank you’, ‘thankfulness’, ‘praying’, or ‘two hands high fiving’? [Read more…]