For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning — building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
How could this type of approach be adapted to learning English? By using symbols and connecting ideas to wider knowledge, it was all so organic. I wonder how far this approach could really go though. What are the next steps? Could it take a learner past simple recognition of the basics?
Either way, I learned so much from this talk. I wish my students left every lesson feeling that same sense of reward.
Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.”
And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve.
In this TED Talk, Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback — and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.
How does feedback take place in your school?
How often do you get observed? Are the observations a useful way for you to improve as a teacher?
Share your thoughts and experience in the comments below.
A report in the Hurriyet Daily News highlights important changes in work permit/residence permit laws.
These changes would mean a significant improvement in the fairly heavy and confusing bureaucratic processes involved in getting both of the documents in place.
From now on, whoever obtains a work permit in Turkey automatically will have a residence permit too.
“That foreigner will not have to wait for a residence permit,” said the Interior Minister, Muammer Güler, last week.
The news gets better still for anyone who has already spent a few years in Turkey; foreigners who have stayed in Turkey with a valid residence permit for eight years uninterruptedly can be given an unlimited residence permit.
LOCAL – Turkey adopts law to protect foreigners’ rights.
Teacher Making $1M a Year Selling Lesson Plans Online
“Deanna Jump is a 43-year-old kindergarten teacher who earns less than $30,000 a year. But this year, she says she has made $1 million. Yes, really.
How? TeachersPayTeachers.com (TPT), the online marketplace that allows teachers to sell lesson plans to other teachers. Jump became the first teacher on the site to earn more than $1 million on the site by using selling her lesson plans focused on teaching kindergarteners.
“Teaching is a hobby for me now,” Jump says. “I’ve made way more on TeacherPayTeachers, obviously. I don’t need to teach anymore, but teaching is my passion. I cannot imagine not teaching.”
Source: Inc Magazine
A fun activity for your students!
You could get them to write up a set of instructions for how to do this (Procedural Essay).
First, draw around your hand.
Secondly, draw horizonal lines across your hand, making curved lines to connect the left and right sides of your hand and fingers.
And so on….
Have you got any other ideas about how this could be used in an English lesson?