Last year I took a group of students to Cuba to produce documentaries about the island nation’s culture and history. The main objective was learning how to produce documentaries, but one of my students learned a much more powerful lesson through the process.
In a truly creative classroom, teachers need to plan time in their lessons for change and growth. They must allow children to transition from knowledge-gathering and memorizing to synthesizing and puzzle solving. This comes from using their imagination, and encouraging students to do the same.
What innovations in English language teaching (ELT) have had the biggest impact on your teaching? Chia Suan Chong, who will be blogging from the live-streamed ELTons awards for innovations in ELT on 2 June 2016, lists her top ten. English language teaching is evolving all the time, particularly alongside advances in technology.
Using technology in the classroom is one of those issues that makes it easy to be a fence sitter. It’s difficult to be 100% for the use of educational technology all of the time, when there are so many convincing arguments against it.
8 Simple Tips For Great Teaching by Jane Healey, Ph.D. I just returned from a conference where the organizers screened World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements, a documentary about John Hunter, the teacher from Charlottesville, Virginia whose elegant design of a classroom activity elicits the deep thinking and creative problem solving educators strive for.
Students are leaving school before you know it. One minute they’re handing in assignments, and the next you’re handing out diplomas. If you’re a teacher or a parent (or both), you know that’s no exaggeration. Leaving school is a big deal for students. It’s both an ending and a beginning.
Today’s best and brightest students can only be described as such because they believe in their own abilities; if they didn’t, they’d have fallen behind their peers long ago. In the same breath, struggling students rarely have as much confidence as their higher-achieving peers, which results in a vicious cycle of self-limitation.
Educational research is especially fertile right now, and efforts to integrate it into curricula over the next decade are going to leave some of us high and dry unless we start paying attention this second. Significant findings range from brain-based study habits to insights into the nature of intelligence and motivation.