Yesterday I was reading experiences of other language teachers . I noticed the book called Reflective Practice written by Thomas C. Farrel. There was a passage about sources of teacher beliefs in the book. You may wonder where teachers’ beliefs originate.
“Richards and Lockhart (1994) have suggested that ESL teachers’ beliefs can originate from any of the following six possible sources:
(1) Teachers’ past experience as language learners. For example, if a teacher has learned a second language successfully and comfortably by memorizing vocabulary lists, then there is a good change that the same teacher will have his or her students memorize vocabulary lists too.
(2) Experience of what works best in their classes. Richards and Lockhart (1994) suggest that this may in fact be the main source of beliefs about teaching for many second language teachers and as such many practicing teachers may not want to break an established, and perceived successful, routine.
(3) Established practice within a school that is difficult to change because the school has always used this method.
(4) Personality factors of teachers can be an important source of beliefs as some teachers really enjoy conducting role-play or group work in their classes while others are more comfortable conducting traditional teacher-fronted lessons.
(5) Educationally based or research-based principles can also be a source of teachers’ beliefs in that a teacher may draw on his or her understanding of research in second language reading to support use of predicting style exercises in reading classes.
(6) Method-based sources of beliefs suggest that teachers support and implement a particular method in their classes, “
To be honest, I find myself close to product writing because it doesn’t require many steps to complete for the final writing. There is only one draft. At the end, teachers can give feedback for learners. Also, It is not too challenging and time consuming. However, everybody is aware of the fact that this approach is somewhat old school nowadays. It doesn’t attract students’ motivation. According to recent researches, most of the students don’t benefit from the feedback given at the end. There has been a shift in teaching and learning writing.
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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
Films and TV shows are effective tools for teachers to teach English when used properly. They have so many advantages for ESL, EFL classes. First of all, they are very motivating and entertaining. Continue reading
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
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.
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.
I think teachers should use a checklist to see students behaviours, notes, attitudes etc. weekly. The one I shared with you is my checklist. Every week I fill the checklist according to my criterias. One can follow students’ progress with this checklist also Ts can show this to parents in the P.meeting, which will be easier to explain them students’ performance in the classroom.
The main purpose of rubrics is to assess performances.
Good writing is a complex accomplishment involving the organization of ideas, the select use of vocabulary, attention to readers and purpose, and the “mechanics” of grammar, spelling, punctuation and handwriting.
Rubrics provide information about the qualities and dimensions of good writing and feedback about their progress. The genius of rubrics is that they are descriptive and not evaluative.
I’m going to share a couple of rubrics for you. You can choose one according to your purpose.
6 + 1 Traits Essay Rubrics
Yesterday, I was in the 1st Undergraduate ELT Conference which was organized by Elt Student Council in Marmara University. I am also in the Marmara University as a pre-service teacher. This conference was completely arranged by pre-service teachers. Volunteer students made presentations in some topics such as differentiated instruction, motivation, student autonomy. There were also some teacher trainers and instructors as a presenter, which give us a chance to see different points, views, methods. Continue reading
We know that yelling and scolding doesn’t work any more. Schools are dangerous places. According to the National Center for Education statistics, in 2007 there were “1.5 million victims of non fatal crimes at school.The behavior of challenging kids cannot be improved by heavier doses of punishment. Punishment makes them more rebellious. Most challenging kids genuinely want to be part of the classroom environment ;this is why they work so hard to get everyone’s attention. Kids want to laugh and play Whole Brain Teaching produces classrooms that are full of orderly fun. Continue reading