Warm up

Teachers have to start the lesson with a warmer to calm down kids and get them focussed on a lesson. It is the essential part of teaching. Since it is the first activity of the lesson, the warm up sets the tone for the next hour. It should be 3 to 5 minutes with an engaging, fun activity.  It doesn’t require time consuming planning in advance. You can use songs, flash cards, mimics, puzzles, games like bingo etc. Continue reading

Connect with English

Connect with English is a website for English language teachers.  It helps students learn the language in different contexts. It is a story of Rebecca Casey, a young woman who lives in Boston. It has 48 episodes under four differet sections. Videos are very engaging. Every episode includes interactive activities. Also, the website is free. You can integrate the videos into your plans according to your topics.

Learner Strategy

The text below is from a student in Hong Kong. It is a good example how learning strategies affect students. What do you think about the case below? What kind of learning strategies do your students use?

“When I was in secondary school, I seldom asked questions. The reason was that the teacher always tried to explain the stuffs as detailed as possible, leaving no queries among students. Only the most curious student will ask questions. This method is well-known as the spoon-feeding education system in which we are fed with piles of notes and text books. Continue reading

Canva

Canva is a tool for teachers and students to create posters, cards, infographics, certificates. It allows students to use their creativity to  show their knowledge.It is very popular website, which has milions of users around the World.  In the website, there are millions of images and also you can upload your own pictures and images, as well. Furthermore, photos can be edited by using filters or advanced edit tools. Free icons and shapes with different fonts can be used for your designs. It is available in eight different languages.  I usually use it to design my own certificates for kids and give assignments to students to create multimedia posters in some specific topics. Continue reading

Wizer.me

Wizer.me is an online platform for teachers to create interactive worksheets. It allows teachers to create quickly different types of questions; open questions, multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank etc. The content depends on teachers. For example, I prepare vocabulary quizzes for my EFL classrooms. Students enjoy it. Teachers can add different themes and background pictures to worksheets, which makes it fun for studens. Teachers can also put videos and multimedia materials to worksheets easily. It can be assigned to students via Google Classroom ,Edmodo a link or a code. If you prepare the answers  beforehand, papers are automatically  marked , which saves time for teachers.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a website for teachers and students. It takes some of the work  from classes to online platform. It allows teachers to create classes and add students in the website and creat quizes, send homeworks or announcements online. It’s going to let teachers have more time in classes. It is a kind of flipped classroom.  It has a really useful and easy interface. You can easily add students, send assignments, check them, switch classes etc. Also, apps for mobile phones are available. For more detailed information about how to use it, you should watch the video below.

Principled Approach

Our approach of learning and teaching language affects everything that goes on in the classes. It is the cumulative body of knowledge and principles that enable teachers, as “technicians” in the classroom, to diagnose the needs of students, to treat students with successful pedagogical techniques, and to assess the outcome of those treatments. I’ll list some of the most accepted principles which should shape your approach to teaching. Continue reading

Eliciting

Eliciting subject knowledge and ideas… Eliciting is a technique we can use to get learners thinking and saying what they know about a subject. It’s when we ask questions or give learners clues to get learners to say what they know about a subject rather than the teacher giving the explanation.   Continue reading

Communicative Language Teaching

Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) is a latest and best approach for English Language Teaching. If we ask teachers what kind of teachers they are, nearly all of them will say they are communicative teachers but, unfortunately most of the language teachers don’t have any idea about CLT. The video below is between Jeremy Harmer and Scott Thornbury, who are the piooners of CLT.  They interview each other and adress some questions about CLT.

Raz-Kids

Raz-Kids is a website that includes hundreds of leveled ebooks with e-quizzes. .  Students have to listen to the books first, then read them and lastly record their voices. Online Records let teachers digitally assess each student, saving valuable classroom time. All books are available 24/7 via the Web. Students can practice reading anytime, anywhere. Teachers can make assignments and track student progress with online assessments and student recordings.  Viewing reports is simple, for individuals, classrooms, schools and even districts!  Continue reading

Class Dojo

This app lets you create amazing classroom communities with students and parents. Teachers can communicate with parents and students privately- no need to exchange phone numbers.  You can give feedback to students for any skill like “Working Hard” and “Being  Respectful”.  Students also can share their works. Teachers can get parents involved by sharing photos and videos of wonderful classroom moments. I personally as a teacher use this app and I saw that everything gets easier. Parents and students can check everything about the lessons.

The benefits of a bilingual brain

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.


Students’ Blogs

In my classroom, my students started using blogs. Every week, they have projects, posters or video assignments. They publish their assignments in their blogs and I check them weekly. They are more careful in the home works because their websites can be seen not only by their teachers but also all over the world.

Examples from my students’ blogs ” http://ranatezcan2005.blogspot.com.tr/”  “http://seozer35.blogspot.com.tr/” Continue reading