learning

Lesson aims and how they affect learning

Does the language teachers use in their lesson plans really affect teaching practice? Perhaps a broader question to ask would be does language affect our thought? A great TED talk to watch on the subject is How the words we use affect the way we think by Mary Page Wilson. And if you’re not into videos, here’s an overview of Keith Chen’s TED talk on the same lines.

When I first started teaching, lesson planning was a monumentally daunting task. It would take many hours to plan an hour-long lesson for a bunch of six-year-olds who only really wanted to play games and burn off some weekend steam. But lesson planning took on a whole new aura of fear when it was time to get observed.

In my first three years of teaching, I worked in a school where teachers were observed every three months. The academic managers were lovely and very supportive but that did little to assuage my fears of writing an assessed lesson plan and getting observed. And then, the part of the observed lesson plan template that I really dreaded was the first page – the bit with lesson aims, subsidiary lesson aims and other such mundaneries. (more…)

Top ESL Learning Tools

Here are my favorite online tools. Click on them to find out how to use them in an ESL classroom.
Top100_2  Top100_3  Top100_6  Top100_7  Top100_8Top100_10    Top100_12    Top100_13   Top100_14Top100_15    Top100_16  Top100_17

According to the 8th annual survey conducted by the Center for Learning and Performance technologies (C4LPT), Twitter is the #1 learning tool. Strangely enough, I haven’t found a way to use Twitter in the classroom. Here is the slideshare published by the folks at C4LPT that introduces all the learning tools voted in the top 100 for the year 2014.