How to conduct different group discussions in the classroom

The following outlines various techniques I use when teaching to enhance or change discussion-based activities. I’ll update it as necessary. I’ve had a number of students say they enjoy my classes in part because they never know what we’ll be doing that day! 1. Bring out the maps. Have students draw maps and discuss their […]

via 18 Ways to Have Different Class (or Group) Discussions — Without Ritual, Autonomous Negotiations


A Teacher’s Guide To Engage Students Without Making Offensive Comments

Sitting at your desk in the classroom which is kept at a perpetual constant temperature, you find yourself taking in the words of your superior. The teacher is rambling on about the lesson, trying to get his point across. Sensing that he is losing his audience whose attention spans are short enough already, he attempts […]

via How Can Teachers Remain Engaging and Not Make Comments that Could Be Considered Offensive? — American Watchmen


How ESL Students Can Ace College Admission Essays

College admissions essays succeed when they tell the student’s unique story. Unlike the much more technically oriented academic paper, the admissions essay is more along the lines of the personal-essay genre than the five paragraph essay. Rather than an introduction, thesis, supporting paragraphs, evidence citations, and a summation, the college essay relies on the expression […]

via 5 Ways ESL Students Can Leverage Their Life Story in College Applications — Peterson’s Blog


How To Use Music In Classroom

I adore listening music and I find that, with the right jam, music increases my productivity, creativity and decreases my stress levels. I believe that music in the classroom can be similarly beneficial to most students; providing that it is used appropriately! Here are my 6 Top Tips for playing music in class plus some […]

via 6 Tips for Playing Music in your Classroom — Miss Moon


Reading and Autism

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Things To Learn From Teaching Mistakes

Today, I was observed by teachers in the first year of their training. The lesson they observed was a ‘research’ based lesson on the planets as part of our Space topic. I ambitiously planned for this to be a two step process: my pupils were to come up with their own questions about their planet […]

via 3 ways to make sense of ‘teaching mistakes’. — How then should we teach?


The Dynamics of Teacher Burn Out

“You get a 3 month paid vacation. Why are you complaining?” This phrase. A teacher’s nemesis. The phrase we hear from strangers, politicians, or read online. We hear it from those who have not stepped foot into a classroom since the day they threw their cap in the air proclaim this phrase, not knowing the […]

via How Does A Teacher Burn Out? — Teaching, Traveling, and Talking


The Power Of Storytelling And How It Can Empower Your Students

You can also check out the post on using digital storytelling to empower your students’ voices. The Power of Storytelling After watching that video you may be feeling several things, not the least of which may be confusion. What was the point of that? Hopefully, if the title of this post hasn’t already revealed it, […]

via Unleash Your Students’ Voices: The Power of Storytelling — Brave In The Attempt


Essay Writing Tips for ESL Students

The following is the outline of a lesson plan for essay writing which I used with an advanced group of ESL students. It could be adapted for any level. ESSAY WRITING Discussion What justifies good writing style in a second language? Correct spelling Transitions between paragraphs-link Correct vocabulary and context Plan writing which provides direction […]

via Academic Essay Writing — Carmel Tobin | English Language Learning Resources