Recently I caught myself on a total attachment to my laptop: I was taking it with me to all the classes, no matter what age, topic or materials I used. In some cases, we had an electronic version of the book, sometimes – online materials or listening but often there was a speaking class with… Read More Unplugged (literally)
В процессе подготовки к экзамену я поняла, насколько мой учительский мозг привык подмечать ошибки, недочеты, проблемы и неправильные предложения. В двух заданиях первого модуля DELTA нужно описать сильные и слабые стороны а) работы одного студента; б) теста, выбранного учителем для определенного класса. И с weaknesses как раз проблем нет, я легко и непринужденно нахожу нужные три,… Read More Negative thinker или учитель, который хвалит.
I used to think that I am a good teacher, that I can keep my students engaged and motivated, that I can always come up with the right decision. Illusions of early teaching years. Illusions of disciplined Chinese classrooms. But the moment, I stepped into a Turkish classroom, was a real eye-opener. I work in… Read More A crash test on classroom management
The worst thing that can happen to a teacher is to stop learning. It may be the moment of weaknesses or even the point of no return, because how can one be a good teacher if there is no understanding of how it feels in the learner’s shoes? Vague memories of university years are not… Read More Teacher’s approach to learning
Doing my research for DELTA I came across an amazing mind map which puts together lots of theory, names and explanations. The best part is that you’ll be able to see connections and a general picture. Click here and you’ll see the full size image: http://cmapspublic3.ihmc.us/rid=1LNV3H2J9-HWSVMQ-13LH/Learning%20Theory.cmap I wish I could praise the creator, but, unfortunately, I… Read More Learning theory mindmap (priceless)
FToday I have finished reading a great book “Genre, Text, Grammar: Technologies for Teaching and Assessing Writing” written by Megan Watkins and Peter Knapp (2005). It suggests a very elegant way of teaching and assessing any kinds of texts from the genre position. As each genre has its specific features of texts, it can be a good… Read More How to assess writing (if all other systems seem to fail)