As teachers, we need to embrace our slime mold heritage. We need to seek more and more opportunities to feed our discoveries back into the network, and seek more and more opportunities to draw upon that network.
O-sensei was lovely. She played the piano exquisitely. Her activities ran like clockwork, and when speaking to the room, she was warm and radiated intelligence in a way that reassured us that she knew what she was doing. My son, Dana, had drawn a picture of our family that was posted on the wall. Strangely, Dana’s picture did not look like a cloud of truck exhaust fumes.
Teaching, if you are doing it right, is ALWAYS hard because learning, if you are doing it right, is ALWAYS hard. If it’s not hard, then you are wasting time.
But I love my job, and I want to keep it! I always tell teachers that they need to think like managers, to try toconceptualize the decisions that they make in the room, and the larger curriculum decisions that they make, in terms of how those decisions fit within the context of the larger institution. In […]
Here is a lesson by Sarvajit Patil with contributions by Grant Backes on teaching the present perfect/past participles and practicing using “Have you ever….?” The crux of the lesson being a game that encourages students to use the above question to ask and share experiences with classmates. Click the links for lesson plans. Lesson Plan […]
a) Do I know the needs? What am I doing to determine the needs?
b) What decisions have I made so far, am I making now, and do I need to make in order to connect this lesson with those needs?”
This is a nice, straight-forward Activity Module made by Kim Stahl that introduces how much/how many as well as the idea of countable vs uncountable nouns. Click on the icon below to add this Action Bucket to your WorkFlowy account. Action Bucket, Google Doc Version
This Activity Module was adapted from a lesson idea originally composed by Arthur Latham. The core of the Activity Module entails watching a video of short clips from 2015’s Eurovision Song Contest submissions. From there you can go in so many directions with this Activity Module (that’s why we call it an activity module). This […]
We squirmed, we winced, and occasionally, we laughed. We were exhausted.
This is going to be a great course!
My son is asleep and I am finishing my prep for tomorrow. Got as far as laying out what needs to happen tomorrow. Tangible experience of success with the first listening activity (“Dish Soap for Dinner.”) Some kind of engagement with with topic for the day. Ideally SOMETHING that feels like a step in the […]