Back to School: 10 activities to start the year on a positive note!

Come September, lives of teachers, students and parents become extremely busy. The start of a new school year is usually marked by hectic schedules, last-minute preps, and a general effort to get back to routine after summer holidays. While students are still settling into a new academic year, there are a few things that teachers can do to make school fun and easy for both students and themselves. I recently read this fantastic piece about activities that teachers could indulge in to start the year on a positive note. Sharing the link to the article below. Please do give it a read!

 

This list comes out a bit late, but you are a teacher – you know how the first school days in September look like. I am happy that I finally caught my breath and found a couple of minutes to sit down and put together these activities. To be honest, I’m doing it for myself […]

via 10 Back to School Activities: Icebreakers, Warm-ups, and Energizers — ESL/EFL Teaching Ideas

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Understanding Dyslexia

Being a parent of children with dyslexia requires a lot of patience and empathy to understand the child’s learning issues. As a teacher, it is our duty to support them in whatever way we can. Read the blog below to learn more…

Normally the first thing parents or teachers think about dyslexia is that the child is writing in a mirror-like image or it is difficult to read because the words or letters are moving like in the “Tare Zameen Par” movie. Dyslexia is not only about dancing letters. Dyslexia is actually a person who has problems […]

via Having a Dyslexia child? Identify, Understand and Involve them. — Welcome To Samurai Blogs

Dealing with conflicts as an ESL/EFL teacher

Teaching ESL is not a walk in the park. You not only have to deal with learning difficulties of students and device plans to make lessons effective, but also have to handle bad behaviour of children sometimes. Here’s an interesting blog about the kind of conflicts that ESL teacher might have to face day-in-day-out.

Teaching English as an EFL or ESL teacher will involve dealing with some conflict. Here is how to recognise that conflict and how to combat it!

via Dealing with conflict as an ESL/EFL Teacher — Travel, Expat & ESL advice

The role of teachers in guiding students to identify biases, stereotypes, and omissions in literature, media, and curriculum

We are blessed to be living in an era where there is an open conversation about biases and prejudices such as racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, etc. And I firmly believe that teachers do have a role in helping students have a clear picture of these biases and help them to identify these biases in our age-old curriculum as well as literature.

Do check out this amazing write up to understand how teachers can shape the views of students by enlightening them about age-old prejudices prevalent in our books, media and culture.

 

The purpose of education is to empower students to become excellent functioning individuals in a diverse multicultural environment (Lin, Lake & Rice, 2008). The world at present is beset with political and economic issues rooted from racism, discrimination, biases and prejudices. Hence, if the next generation is meant to survive, then it is imperative to […]

via How can teachers help students identify biases, stereotypes, and omissions in literature, media, and curriculum? —

Collaboration over Competition — teflgeek

For years, our education system has been promoting the idea of healthy competition among students to enhance their performance. But, the problem is that over the last decade or so, the competition has become cut-throat, putting students under a lot of undue stress. Maybe, it is time for collaborative learning to take over our classrooms. Is it time to ditch unhealthy competition and explore collaborative learning techniques?

Read this wonderful blog on collaboration vs competition:

I have been thinking about trying to shift the focus of my classes a bit recently. Reflecting, in part on the last year and on one of my groups in particular, I feel as though I would prefer my lessons to be more focused on collaboration going forwards. Not perhaps to remove competitive activities entirely, […]

via Collaboration, not competition? British Council Voices Article — teflgeek

Fund or Fail: The Fear of a Doctoral Student- via Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture

Funding forms the pivot of much work that takes place in the doctoral realm. The security of funding is not only for the work to actualize, but for the very sustenance of a student who is pursuing the study of a particular topic. Additionally, in terms of ethical conduct, it is important that the student discloses her funding sources, especially when it might dictate the result or conclusion of the student’s work.

What would it mean for those pursuing minorities studies at a time when public funding is on the decrease?

Moreover, my research interests lay in exploring various social identities and the strengths and oppression that come with them. When one considers that many of the available funding dollars are held by systems that are implicated in, or have benefited from, the systemic oppression called out by such research, a creative imagination is not necessary to see how funds might be harder to come by.

Read a personal account by Kahlil C. DuPerry here to understand the conundrum of working with limited funds and the ethical dilemmas surrounding various sources of funding.

Media Literacy For The Future: The Real Solution For The Challenges Of The Digital Era- via Brussels Talking

 

As an undying advocate of EdTech and all things digitally-enabled, it would be hypocrisy to not bring my attention to the dark side of the digital era. Enabling a critical approach to information (in the times of fake news and multiple perspectives on all situations) and critical thinking in my students are the two best ways of countering an overload of stimulation by data. The need is not only to bring your students attention to the possibility of data being incorrect and misleading, but also equipping them with tools to recognize these malpractices.

For the next generations to be ready and empowered against the dangers of the digital world, it is imperative for them to understand the challenges of the digital age by promoting media literacy at the core of education curriculums while focusing strongly on critical thinking. However, what does that mean? In short, as defined by The Foundation for Critical Thinking in the USA, it stands for “self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking; actively and skilfully conceptualizing, applying, analysing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication”. In this context, with torrents of information and online data, it is a necessity that they become critical thinkers when it comes to sharing their data, coming across a piece of news that seems inaccurate or looking for statistics that companies use in their advertisement.

Read some of the ways to do this in the rest of the post here

When to Write It, When to Walk Away: On the Problem of Too Much Metaphor – via Literary Hub

The conception that putting a metaphor on all things real can save any writing is false. As a writer and a teacher of creative writing, this is important advice for students- if you find yourself forcing a metaphor too much, abort that metaphorical mission. Sometimes, a simple and straightforward line is better than a forced and overwrought metaphor.

Thoughts inspired by Jessica Francis Kane’s work

I’m a writer and to the extent I understand the job, I try to work hard at it. I keep notebooks. I have several different projects going at once. I search for metaphors. But metaphors can be wild and shy—I’ve gone whole years without finding a really good one.

Read her complete article here at Literary Hub