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Thursday, December 31, 2015

5 Must-See TED Talks for Teachers

Get inspired by these terrific, short videos by experts who deeply care about education.

http://geiendorsed.com/blog/inspiration/5-must-see-ted-talks-for-teachers/








Saturday, December 26, 2015

Two internet based writing platforms to help your students improve their writing.

Here are two sites that will help your students improve writing and grammar. I have featured "Quill" on this blog before but I have just discovered "NoRedInk" through an article on TESOL international. Both have free registration and free introductory features for teachers and schools. However there is a charge for premium features. NoRedInk seems to be the most adaptable and user friendly of the two. For more information click on the videos and links below. 



video





https://www.noredink.com/



http://blog.tesol.org/noredink-for-improved-grammar-and-writing/








https://www.quill.org/


http://blog.tesol.org/quill-for-writing-development/



Youth Group Builds Peace through Education in Southern Thailand

A youth group along with teachers, parents, and the Thai government are all working together to make good education happen in the midst of the violence in the south of Thailand. This is awesome! Please click on the links for the video and article below. 




http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2015/12/21/youth-group-builds-peace-through-education-in-southern-thailand






Saturday, December 19, 2015

How often do you play board games with your English learners?

Being an experienced educator, I grew up using blackboards and green boards with chalk as well as white boards with dry erase markers. My grand mother used the heavy slate boards in a one room school house in rural Iowa in the 1930's. In this digital age I have had to learn how to use the computer and inter-active white board. I would like to think I have a good grasp of both old school and new school techniques. So here are 10 old school ways to play games on your board from the teach English Spain website. Click on the link below for more information. 




http://www.teachenglishspain.com/10-board-games-for-elt-teachers/

13 websites that teach words and grammar in a fun way.

This is a post from Blog de Cristina, It has links to all the sites. The sites are free to try, however on some you can register so that students can track their progress. Please click on the link below.





http://www.cristinacabal.com/?p=6230




Wednesday, December 9, 2015

ClassDojo for Feedback and Communication

Classdojo is a tool that helps teachers, especially those with younger learners, deliver feedback on student performance to students and parents. It popped up on my radar again recently and I was surprised to discover that I had not yet written anything up on it yet, so let’s see what it is all about. Please click on the link for the YouTube tutorial and the TESOL article below. 








http://blog.tesol.org/classdojo-for-feedback-and-communication/


https://www.classdojo.com/