"This blog entry gives five reasons for using authentic video in the classroom as part of teaching English. With the proliferation of video websites teachers are turning their eyes on this resource to bring some life and energy into the classroom. In this context taking cues from Antonia Clare's (you can watch her talking about her experience in writing SpeakOut here: http://www.pearsonlongman.com/speakout/author_antonina.html) webinar on the same topic the blog entry presents some thoughts on using video in the classroom."
Five Reasons for Using Authentic Video in the Classroom | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC:
New tool to optimize teacher training for the use of ICT in the classroom | Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
New tool to optimize teacher training for the use of ICT in the classroom | Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization:
"The UNESCO ICT competency Framework for Teachers aims to help countries develop comprehensive national ICT competency policies and standards as an important component of an overall ICT in education strategy."
a cLiL to cLiMB, ELT CLIL EFL ESL ELL Online Games & Activities, Resources: How to overcome the Lonely Teacher Blues:
"Teaching is, often, a lonely job. If you're lucky, you get to talk about your problems, exchange ideas, or periodically receive some level of motivation in the staff room. Most of the time, however, you get thrown in the deep end, with only a marker and the coursebook to clutch.
Some seek to fight this problem by attending conferences, and others do courses, but these tend to be costly, and teaching is not noted for a generous pay scale. So, unless some form of backing is available, most of us can't do either of those.
However, the situation has improved tremendously in the past decade or so. As Barbara Sakamoto said in my interview with her, "Get online!" There's a bewildering amount of information and resources available on the Internet, so much so that one can easily get lost. If you're reading this, you're probably among those who are already fairly knowledgeable about the world of blogging, Twitter, and webinars. It is our duty, then, to enlighten the uninitiated."
How to teach … Christmas | Education | The Guardian:
"Your lesson plans are likely to go out of the window this week as pre-Christmas excitement takes hold of your pupils.
But do not fear – the Guardian Teacher Network has lots of festive resources that will engage your class in the run-up to the holidays.
Younger pupils will love Kessie's Gift for Santa, a story about a little girl who suddenly feels that Santa should get a present. Suitable for KS1 and KS2, the story explores the themes of giving and receiving and provides a handy stimulus for Christmas-themed drama activities.
For KS2 and KS3, 'Twas the Fright Before Christmas is a humorous play that re-works Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Featuring three ungrateful children and a reformed Scrooge, the play has plenty of parts to get your whole class involved. A scene from the film A Muppet Christmas Carol is used in this English lesson to get pupils talking about Dickens's classic Christmas tale. The KS2-KS4 resource includes links to an edited and abridged version of the novel, particularly useful for Esol students and reluctant readers. Suggested activities include writing a diary entry for Christmas Eve. Scrooge writes his first Christmas card is a KS3 lesson in which students read an article and answer questions about the beginnings of the Christmas card in Britain. During the activity, pupils will discover what the first Christmas card looked like and why people complained about it."
English resources and lesson plans | Guardian Teacher Network | guardian.co.uk:
"Welcome to the Guardian Teacher Network English teaching resources page. Here you will find everything you need for delivering exciting, engaging and informative English lessons for all ages. Our resources include exclusive Guardian content, written by expert teachers, materials created and uploaded by teachers worldwide and Guardian articles on key topics. Browse and use the resources, add your favourites to your personal lesson planner, and download individual components for use in your own lessons."
Christmas Links from Isabel Perez's ESL Site:
Christmas Lesson Plan from Developing Teachers:
Christmas Adjectives (Gap-fill exercise):
Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Christmas:
Listen to 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens:
Make and print vocabulary handouts for Christmas vocabulary:
Free Christmas Coloring Pages:
Santa and Other Traditions Printables:
Christmas Treasure Hunt:
Christmas Around the World Webquest:
Christmas Traditions Around the World:
Christmas Teaching Resources:
Christmas Lesson Plans:
The 12 Days of Christmas:
Christmas Writing Printables:
Christmas Activities and Ideas:
Merry Christmas - Digital Play:
ICTMagic Advent Calendar:
600+ Christmas Icons:
Winter Holiday Traditions:
Hanukkah / Chanukah:
More resources for traditions:
Can teachers ever have a work-life balance? | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional:
"Teachers are, at times, a much-maligned and misunderstood community. Your friends will rib you about knocking off at 3 o'clock. "Oh, and you get all those holidays don't you?" they will quip. "How hard can it really be?"
To cut to the chase, teaching is a stressful profession. Many of those friends of yours who jest about your extended holidays will not understand the complexities and strains of being in the profession."
"In honor of Twitter's #pencilchat, I put together some of the more memorable tweets to create this video. I plan to use it for upcoming professional development workshops about technology integration in the classroom. It's a light-hearted look at the spectrum of where we sit regarding technology in the classroom and meeting our students' needs. Enjoy!"
CLIL Citizenship: Recycling | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC:
"As citizens of a world with limited resources we all need to think about how best to use these resources, whether we are in the developed world or the developing world. This activity will help pupils think more about recycling at home and at school. It is aimed at older primary or younger secondary pupils."
Cooking in Britain Today | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC:
"This lesson consists of a series of activities to help students talk about food and cooking. The main focus of the lesson is a text based on a recent survey in the UK indicating that British people are becoming more adventurous and experimental in their cooking and eating habits due to the growing popularity of cooking programmes. This lesson should challenge stereotypes of British food and encourage students to discuss their own preferences and attitudes towards food and restaurants."
Education World: Bullying and Cyberbullying: Six Things Teachers Can Do:
Read the whole article here:
"What Can Teachers Do to Reduce Future Occurrences of Bullying?
Discuss Bullying: Give students the opportunity to discuss bullying. Have the class come up with rules against bullying and involve them in determining that bullying behavior is unacceptable. Provide classroom activities and discussion opportunities related to bullying and violence, including the harm they cause and strategies to reduce their incidence.Teach Cooperation: Teach cooperation by assigning projects that require collaboration. Such cooperation teaches students how to compromise and how to assert without demanding. Take care to vary grouping of participants and to monitor the treatment of and by participants in each group.Develop a Plan: Develop a classroom action plan to ensure that students know what to do when they observe a bully-victim confrontation."
Read the whole article here:
Why You Should Always Start With a Warmer:
"Starting with a warmer is important for a number of reasons. Your students need a chance to settle down into the class and get their minds focused on the lesson ahead. Delving straight into difficult subject matter isn’t going to help them in the least bit."
Type with me :a quick educative online collaborative tool:
"Typewith.me is an online document collaboration tool which works in real time .It is a very important web2.0 tool for teachers and educators .it is free , easy , simple to use and above all doesn’t need any registration .It has a cool functionality that allows users to work on the same document and at the same time."
Top 10 Board Games for the ESL Classroom:
"Board games can be a useful and ready asset for the ESL classroom. Most require little to no preparation, and with a little patience, your English learners add a new resource to their language studies. On top of all that, board games are a fun way to learn new vocabulary and make a change from the normal routine."
"In this update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence.
Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. In the late 1960s she began her exploration of the connection between advertising and several public health issues, including violence against women, eating disorders, and addiction, and launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems. Kilbourne is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning book Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and co-author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids."
Inocente Trailer from Shine Global on Vimeo.
"ShineGlobal,Inc. Dedicated to ending child abuse and exploitation through the production of documentaries which raise social awareness and effect political change.INOCENTE is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings."
Barbie: The Young Girl’s Ultimate Role Model? | About-Face:
"Especially in this day and age, every young girl should have a role model. They need someone to look up to — someone who will validate their dreams, inspire their hearts, and represent all the positive, healthy ideals life has to offer. My mother is my role model, and so when I saw this commercial the other day, I assumed it was a shout-out to all the hardworking mothers setting their daughters on the right track. After all, at such a young age, who can inspire young girls to “go to the moon”, “dance”, and “teach the next generation”?"
The documentary film "Cover Girl Culture" takes a hard look at the fashion industry and the message it conveys to young people.
COVER GIRL CULTURE | Women Make Movies
More videos here:
CNN Joy Behar Nicole Clark - sexualization of 10 yr old girl French Vogue. Sexploitation
Think unrealistic ads don't affect young girls? Think again. Girls are under more pressure than ever.http://dreaminenglish.blogspot.com/2009/11/beauty-pressure_21.html
Media's Effect on Beauty
Much more here:
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"Bullying is when somebody is made to feel uncomfortable, unhappy, desperate, because of the acts of others. It can be verbal, it can be name calling, it can be physical, it can be taking somebody's lunch money if it's at school. All bullying is wrong. It's usually a gang bullying one person or two people, and in the most extreme cases it can lead to children feeling desperate enough to consider taking their own lives."
More articles and videos on bullying here:
50 Coolest Online Tools for Word Nerds | Online Universities:
"Learning and using new words can be one of the great pleasures of language. While university courses can help you to build your vocabulary, seeking out words, wordplay, and information is essential to becoming a true word nerd. These online tools can help you along, making it simple to learn new words, find out where they came from and just plain play with words."
Healing Isolation & Facilitating Empathy: The Power of Virtual Worlds « Virtual Connections:
"Second Life‘s community has included a significant percentage of people who are struggling with some type of disability or illness, or who are caregivers and, therefore, limited in their ability to leave their homes to socialize."
9 herramientas gratuitas para desarrolladores y diseñadores web | GeeksRoom:
"A continuación tienen algunos servicios web que ofrecen herramientas para facilitar ciertas y determinadas tareas de los desarrolladores o diseñadores web.
Algunas de estas herramientas nos pueden ahorrar mucho tiempo como el generador de código CSS o el servicio que nos permite hallar los colores perfectos para un sitio web.
También van a encontrar un generador de botones y hasta un convertidor de Flash a HTML5."
Las 100 mejores películas sobre la educación:
"lista de las mejores películas ambientadas en el mundo de la enseñanza y la educación. Para alcanzar la cifra de cien hemos abierto un poco la mano, y así hay películas sobre la clásicas relación de un profesor con sus alumnos en las aulas, pero también profes que dan clases particulares, casos extremos de niños discapacitados e incluso salvajes y el mundo de la enseñanza en el colegio, en la universidad e incluso en academias. Puede haber pasión por las humaniades, el deporte y el baile. Maestros ejemplares, y otros que no están a la altura de su apasionante y difícil profesión."
This year Thanksgiving falls on the 24th of November.
Older posts about Thanksgiving
Pilar's Classroom Blog - Thanksgiving Posts
Thanksgiving resources for education
The Thanksgiving Story
History.com - Thanksgiving
Wikipedia - Thanksgiving
Busyteacher.org - Worksheets
Resources for Teaching and Learning Thanksgiving
Scoop.it - Thanksgiving Resources for Education
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10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff | eSchool News:
"We often hear about tech-savvy educators and administrators who have an array of best practices and whose love for technology is evident. But as anyone who’s ever been part of a school or district knows, not all teachers and administrators are as comfortable or familiar with technology."
Police officer pepper-sprays seated, non-violent students at UC Davis - Boing Boing:
"At the University of California at Davis this afternoon, police tore down down the tents of students inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and arrested those who stood in their way. Others peacefully demanded that police release the arrested."
Edna Krabappel, 'The Simpsons' - Top 10 Bad Teachers - TIME:
"Who let this chain-smoking, jaded divorcée teach the fourth grade? Edna Krabappel has good intentions that never quite translate into adequate learning for Bart and his less-than-motivated peers. She lives up to her name as a bitter, loveless loner who lets her personal life fuse into her lesson plans as she shares the cynicism of middle age with the malleable minds of Springfield Elementary School. She tries her best to keep the students in line, but her apathy — she describes her job as "glorified babysitter to a bunch of dead-eyed fourth graders" — ultimately leads to her demise."
Bulllying: Practical Strategies for Teachers and TAs | The Creative Education Blog:
"Victims of bullying suffer psychological and sometimes physical scars that last a lifetime. Victims report greater fear and anxiety, feel less accepted, suffer from more health problems, and score lower on measures of academic achievement and self-esteem than students who are not bullied.
Victims often turn their anger inward, which may lead to depression, anxiety, and even suicide.
The practical strategies outlined below could form a part of your pro-active approach towards preventing and handling bullying."
"Learning about or teaching copyright is often frustrating and difficult for both teacher and student because it is a complex area, and, let’s face it, reading the text of the law is not always the most exciting way to learn.
Endeavoring to address this issue and many others, the Copyright Education and Consultation Program, a project funded by the Illinois State Library, was designed to establish a program to provide authoritative copyright information directly to faculty, instructors, and researchers at the largest Illinois universities. The goals of the program include increasing confidence in use of materials, informing users of copyright education resources available to them, empowering users with knowledge about their own intellectual property rights, and facilitating use of copyrighted material in the classroom."
Generadores online de material educativo | Cuaderno Intercultural:
"En esta sección encontrarás más de 150 herramientas gratuitas que permiten crear materiales didácticos (información, ejercicios, actividades, etc.) sin necesidad de tener que bajar un programa a tu ordenador.
Si buscas herramientas que precisan la descarga de un programa o aplicaciones web gratuitas para crear material didáctico que no entran dentro de la categoría de “generadores”, consulta la sección dedicada a herramientas de autor y aplicaciones web gratuitas.
En Cuaderno Intercultural nos esforzamos por actualizar y ampliar nuestros contenidos regularmente, te agradeceremos que nos hagas llegar tus sugerencias, comentarios y opiniones."
Classroom Language | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC:
"TeachingEnglish - Classroom Language is a programme of in-service training to help teachers of English use English with more confidence in the classroom.
In many countries in the world the demand for English language education has outstripped the capacity to provide fully trained English teachers. A significant number of teachers of English round the world are teaching with low levels of English language competence and professional training, and this can impact on their confidence and ability to teach effectively."
How to Stop Caring About Trolls and Get On With Your Life:
"You see them everywhere you go on the internet: anonymous users with nothing to say but rude, off-topic, or annoying comments aimed at making you angry. The only cure is to just stop caring, and while that's easier said than done, these tips should help you overcome their spell."
Using Correction Codes: Saving your students from going down with their 'slips' in a sea of red ink! | ELT Vista
Using Correction Codes: Saving your students from going down with their 'slips' in a sea of red ink! | ELT Vista:
"A good step towards raising awareness in students of the important of facilitating appropriate “effect on the reader” is by making the most of another type of mistake, or as some humanistic practitioners would say, learning opportunities. What I’m referring to is basic sentence level correction. The idea is that getting students to become more reflective of how their sentence level mistakes might affect readers actually creates a need for students to more accurately express themselves in an effective way. After all, one conception about ‘sentence structure’ is that the most grammatically correct sentence is one that is also the most effective."
10 ways to encourage students to take responsibility for their learning… « What Ed Said:
"1. Don’t make all the decisions
Allow choice. Encourage students to make decisions about how they learn best. Create opportunities for them to pursue their own interests and practise skills in a variety of ways. Cater for different learning styles. Don’t expect everyone to respond in the same way. Integrate technology to encourage creative expression of learning."
Getting to Know Shakespeare | Shakespeare Guides:
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Getting to know Shakespeare
"The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is proud to present 'Getting to Know Shakespeare', an on-line course which aims to give you a taste of different approaches to Shakespeare. We're making it freely available because we're passionate about sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm for Shakespeare as widely as possible. We're grateful to The Arden Shakespeare for sponsoring the course.
It's presented mainly through video and audio posts and includes special guest speakers from the world of the theatre and Shakespeare scholarship. The course features special locations in and around Stratford-upon-Avon and London, and shines a light on special books and documents cared for in The Shakespeare Centre's Library and Archive. 'Getting to Know Shakespeare' is intended for people who would just like to know more."
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Getting to know Shakespeare
Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 10 Ways to be a Terrible Teacher:
"Teaching is a noble calling. That is why when a teacher doesn't behave nobly it breaks trust and we get upset. I have to admit that I've had days as a "TT" (Terrible Teacher.) If we're honest with ourselves, we all have. It is usually when we're tired, grumpy or were woken up by a parent calling to complain about something we don't really agree with. But there are no excuses. As I've been teaching 10 years, I believe I have few days as a TT if any but there are certainly things I can improve upon."
25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling:
"1. Stories Have Power
Outside the air we breathe and the blood in our bodies, the one thing that connects us modern humans today with the shamans and emperors and serfs and alien astronauts of our past is a heritage — a lineage — of stories. Stories move the world at the same time they explain our place in it. They help us understand ourselves and those near to us. Never treat a story as a shallow, wan little thing. A good story is as powerful as the bullet fired from an assassin’s gun."
10 Essential Online Tools: What You Should Have in Your Back Pocket:
"As teachers, we are always looking for new and interesting ways to present information to our classes and give them practice with linguistic concepts. Sometimes, though, we are not sure where to turn for activities that will challenge and entertain our students."
- Ten Steps to Transforming Past Lessons for 21st Century Learners by Michael Gorman:
"It is important to look at successful prior lessons and infuse these past successes with technology and 21st century skills. I often refer to this in my Jukebox to iPod presentation. When looking at this transformation it is obvious that technology made a past great idea even better. Teachers must realize that they have a vault of awesome activities that have proven to be successful with students. Many times these perennial gems can be reinvented, mixed, and transformed to bring about a new 21st century lesson that will be even more engaging and applicable to today’s digital learner."
Creación de materiales didácticos con eXeLearning:
"The eXe project developed a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup. Resources authored in eXe can be exported in IMS Content Package, SCORM 1.2, or IMS Common Cartridge formats or as simple self-contained web pages.
eXe grew out of the New Zealand Government Tertiary Education Commission's eCollaboration Fund and was led by the University of Auckland, The Auckland University of Technology, and Tairawhiti Polytechnic. It was later supported by CORE Education, a New Zealand-based not-for-profit educational research and development organisation. It has also been greatly assisted by a global group of participants and contributors."
Creación de materiales didácticos con eXeLearning:
The Wejr Board » Homework Why’s and Homework-Wise:
"Lately I have seen a few blogs, newspaper articles, and journal articles (see below for links) questioning the purpose and practice of homework: Why do some teachers give homework and others do not? Why is homework given as a blanket assignment in which each child is given the same homework? What is effective homework? How much homework?"
Private Classes: Structuring to Get the Best Results:
"When taking on private classes, the atmosphere can be a lot more relaxed. But it is still important to make sure that the class is structured so that the student who is paying you gets the most of out their lesson."
Official Google Enterprise Blog: Google+ Pages now available with Google Apps:
"Just over a week ago we opened the doors of Google+ to Google Apps users, and today we’re welcoming the millions of organizations they’re a part of. Now your business, school or nonprofit can create its own corner on Google+ with Google+ Pages.
A Google+ page is your organization’s identity on Google+. Your business, school or nonprofit can post updates and news, send tailored messages to specific groups of people, and engage in conversations with customers and followers."
Google Apps para orientación | Nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la educación | Educa con TIC:
"Google Apps para Educación es un magnífico servicio de Google que se pone a disposición de los centros educativos de forma gratuita. En este blog ya se ha hablado antes de las ventajas de Google Apps, pero os voy a contar algo más sobre cómo solicitar que vuestro centro educativo se beneficie de las ventajas."
A Cupcake Story from Smore on Vimeo.
http://www.smorepages.com/Although the site is still in its beta version and an invite is needed to join it, we can already imagine its potential in education. The site allows you to create online flyers and posters by adding text, images, videos, gallery of photos, map, testimonials, events and so on.
A Cupcake Story from Smore on Vimeo.
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… - The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween:
"Halloween’s approaching, and I thought people might be interested in seeing a “The Best…” list sharing sites to help English Language Learners find out more about the holiday."
My words are not good enough to describe how amazing Shelly is, so I am just posting some links and a couple of videos that speak for themselves. Thanks for everything Shell!
The Innovative Educator: The Ten No Nos of Teaching with a Projector or Interactive Whiteboard:
"Here are ten no nos to avoid as you teach with technology.
No no: Don't have your back to your participantsDescription: This is one of my biggest pet peeves and something I see all the time. The teacher sets her laptop up so that to use it she is facing the screen or whiteboard. The teacher then instructs the class with her back to them. Awkward! Educators should not be talking to a board. They should speak to a class.Solution: By simply flipping the direction of the laptop the teacher can see the entire class. Additionally, the laptop becomes her teleprompter as she addresses her students.Advantage: The teacher can maintain eye contact with her participants providing for a more authentic discussion. She can also see their reactions and level of interest."