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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain A "must read"

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In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.
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One of the best article I have read on brainfriendly teaching with this one http://jeffhurtblog.com/2012/01/31/10-brainbased-learning-laws-that-trump-traditional-education/

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Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

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Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. 

 

During the school year, students are expected to listen to and absorb vast amounts of content. But how much time has been devoted to equipping students with ways to disconnect from their own internal dialogue (self-talk) and to focus their attention fully on academic content that is being presented? Listening is hard work even for adults. When students are unable to listen effectively, classroom management issues arise.


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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, January 24, 12:32 AM

Teaching the difference between hearing (acknowledging there is a noise but not necessarily engaging the brain to understand the sound) and listening (consciously trying to make sense of the sound) would be a good first step too. 

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listening plays grat importance in classroom management

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Interesting insights. Worth a read.

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The 5 Questions Teachers should Ask Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Digital Storytelling With Comics

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On Monday I published a short guide to digital storytelling with comics. This evening I gave a free webinar presentation based on that free guide. More than 200 people registered for the webinar in less than 48 hours. If you wanted to join and missed it, the recording of the webinar, sponsored by Storyboard That, is now available here and as embedded below.


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flea palmer's curator insight, January 20, 6:58 AM

Excellent guide about how comics can be used to create short stories or to storyboard a larger project. Links to free versions of related software too - StoryboardThat.com; WeVideo.com (for turning comic strips into movies) and WidBook.com (for creating multimedia ebooks - and it's also a collaborative writing platform).

ColbyccSSS's curator insight, January 20, 7:00 AM

This is worth checking out. I am always searching for new ways to reach my students.

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, January 31, 6:31 AM

This could be a very interesting program that could be used with students to review or retell what they have learned in a class.  We would love to teach this to your students and help them through their first project.  Any takers?

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Adam Sicinski How to doodle the message : Develop Creativity & easier learning - visual thinking solutions for social/emotional & intellectual development

Adam Sicinski  Using visual thinking solutions for social/emotional & intellectual development draw& practice,Learning;  how to doodle the message, take notes by  drawing   . Visual Thinking Skills for Developing Creativity & easier learning -

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Taking you through visual thinking solutions for social/emotional and intellectual development."

For more: http://iqmatrix.com


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26 Learning Games for Change | Serious Games | Online Learning Games

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Looking for a great list of serious, educational games aimed at sparking social change? This one has been bookmarked more than 650 times on Delicious!


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ESL Discussions: Pairwork questions for discussions and debates . One of Sean Banville’s great Websites

13,400 discussion and conversation questions for speaking practice. 670 FREE ESL lesson plans, handouts, worksheets and downloads. Controversial and mainstream topics.

 

Pairwork questions for discussions and debates .

One of Sean Banville’s great Websites (listed below)

 BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Lessons On Movies.com
 BusinessEnglishMaterials.com
Listen A Minute.com
FamousPeopleLessons.com
 ESL Holiday Lessons.com
NewsEnglishLessons.com


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Teach with Movies is now free!

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"TeachWithMovies offers access to more than 350 lesson plans and learning guides for movies and films.

I’ve long been a big fan of reading and studying movies. I’ve been a fan of this site’s rich curricular materials for many years.

I just discovered that I do not need to re-subscribe.

The site is now available for free (though it will now host unobtrusive advertising and encourage voluntary donations)."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 22, 2013 5:56 PM

This site is new to me but it looks like a great resource and Joyce Valenza has an in-depth post that shares many great features. It is easy to search for movies - alphabetically, age, subject and more. The learning guides include "Learning guides include a description, rationale for using the film, student learning objectives, potential problems for using the film, discussion questions, and assignment and assessment ideas, social-emotional learning discussion questions, bridges to reading, web links, selected awards, cast and director information, and bibliographies."

Do you use movies in your clasroom or are you interested in using them? If so check out this post.

Meryl van der Merwe's curator insight, November 3, 2013 12:12 PM

This is good news!! Movies are a great way to engage the current generation and having this resource free is fantastic.

safaa mostafa's curator insight, January 16, 9:20 PM

This will be the only way of learning once upon a time.

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Visual Mapping: WikiBrains: a Visual tool for Knowledge Discovery

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Wikibrains is a tool for exploring visually how words, names, ideas and concepts are connected. This online tool is giving us access to a collective brain based on a growing database of semantically linked information and knowledge.

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Films for the EFT class + films lesson-plans links (bottom of the page) - Wiki Agreg-Ink

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Un site personnel de Catherine Serreau qui recense les "lessons plans" sur des films. http://englishacademy.voila.net/films.htm

 

Même principe sur le site de Laurence Theixans http://theixans.pagesperso-orange.fr/cinema.htm

 

Un guide sur l'histoire du cinéma pas trop compliqué.

 

Zéro de Conduite offre de nombreux dossiers pédagogiques d'accompagnement qui peuvent nous donner des idées!

http://www.zerodeconduite.net/

 

L'excellent site d'Alain Verreman professeur d'allemand, qui regorge d'activités réalisables en classe autour du film.Un peu de technique avec The Grammar of television and film.

http://alainverreman.chez.com/68_activites_video.htm

 

Le Quai des Images n'est pas spécifique à l'anglais mais est une bonne source d'inspiration. http://www3.ac-clermont.fr/cinemaV/

 

Scriptorama nous offre des centaines de scripts et de transcripts, attention aux coquilles cependant! http://www.script-o-rama.com/

 

Vodkaster est un site qui stocke des milliers de séquences de films

http://www.vodkaster.com/.

 

 

http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr/

"Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals contains a series of movie segments and activities to assess or practice grammar points through fun, challenging exercises. Here you will find the movie segments, the lesson plans, printable worksheets with answer key for each activity, and the tips to develop your own grammar activities with the DVDs you have at home. New activities are posted regularly. Teaching grammar with movie segments is inspiring and highly motivating."

 

 

http://warmupsfollowups.blogspot.fr/

"This blog contains a series of movie segments to be used to brainstorm, warm up, follow up, and activate schemata, preparing the students for the topic that will be discussed in class. Here you will find the segments, the lesson plans, and varied topics to foster conversation. You may use the activities for a full two-hour class or they can be used separately to brainstorm or wrap up the topic, focusing on conversation, vocabulary and listening comprehension."

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Nesrin Eren's Blog - Chain Stories -great ideas & strategies to get learners to write stories collectively

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great ideas & strategies to get learners to write stories collectively

 

From http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2013/10/17/around-the-web-in-esleflell-33/

"Chain Stories is from Nesrin Eren’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Collaborative Storytelling."

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A Great post that contains strategies. "I Can't Do This!"The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around)

A Great post that contains strategies. "I Can't Do This!"The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around) | Brainfriendly strategies, infos, tips, material  - Learning a language efficiently, with  pleasure | Scoop.it

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Great post recommended by @ipadmaster. Love that is contains strategies.

 

"......But my push today is to talk about the lies that students tell, specifically the ones that keep them from growing into the best students possible.

"I Can't Do This!"

.......Thus, it also works as a signal to the teacher that, perhaps, the student can’t learn the material. The teacher, human and serving 30 students at a time, will focus away and leave that student to his or her own devices rather than insisting, "Try your best." The teacher might stay away from the student, hovering over and hoping that her or she will come back into the fold again. The student often won't.

 

The discussion around "I can't do this" can be broken down into three general levels:

They genuinely don't understand the material.They've had a long day and just don't have the energy to work any more.They have a situation at home that currently distracts them.

There are levels to "I can’t do this" that don't get discussed, either. The current discussion around lack of effort focuses on "grit," the cure for lack of effort -- and with good reason. Paul Tough's book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and The Hidden Power of Character gives you a sense that he believes, with the right level of effort and conditions that help translate effort into success, any child can overcome his or her disposition.

 

........ rather than trying to address structural and pedagogical issues in our schools, we ought to focus only on THE ATTITUDES espoused by our students. If they try hard enough, that argument goes, and if they work longer and harder than their peers, they too will surmount the incredible odds against them and acquire a proper education.

 

To an extent, I believe this, as I am a product of a poverty-stricken neighborhood. I was fortunate to ..........


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Improving Participation with Talk Moves

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Learn one way teachers are improving student participation in the classroom. Talk Moves is a method that encourages participation and collaboration by students.


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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, June 29, 2013 9:51 AM
Talk moves continue to move us into a more collaborative student centered classroom environment. The idea of revising your thinking and the silent agreement component are critical parts of the routines and rituals of this approach.
KB...Konnected's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:08 PM

Good techniques for improving student/class participation.

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Apprendre avec son corps, et non seulement la tête... | EDUCATION

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Est-il possible de se servir du corps pour mieux apprendre ? : Mémoire de fin d'études l'IUFM de Bourgogne, sur l'apprentissage, rédigé par Marie-Françoise GUTH-MEUNIER, professeur des Ecoles Stagiaire . "De stage en stage, j'ai pu observer à loisir le comportement des élèves. Cela m'a conduite à la remarque suivante : à tout âge, ils sont nombreux à avoir du

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Document de 34pages en ligne sur YouScribe. Quelques évidences salutaires, pourtant pas toujours évidentes aux yeux des enseignants -count me in... :o)

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Do's & Don'ts For Teaching English Language Learners

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Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski teach at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. Their book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide, will be published this summer by Jossey-Ba

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Reading: The Witch Doctor of Language Acquisition

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Author: Robert A. Robles ‘What is the best thing I can do to master the language I’m learning?’ ‘What do you recommend if I need to increase my vocabulary base?

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La scénarisation pédagogique (avec image) · thot

Une série de 5 articles écrits par Elodie Lestonat pour Thot Cursus. A la base réservés aux abonnés de l'édition professionnelle, ces articles sont désormais en accès libre !

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Murielle Godement's curator insight, March 25, 9:47 AM

Sous forme de Storify.

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Biography Book Report Newspaper: templates, printable worksheets, and grading rubric

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This Biography Book Report Newspaper contains 4 worksheet templates that assemble into an extra large Biography nonfiction Newspaper book report project that measures 18 x 12 inches. Your students will have fun writing articles for their newspapers!

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Listening To Real English: Interesting listening activites using real materials

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  If you teach English in any English speaking country your students are more likely to hear native people talking. If you teach English in any other place (such as in Italy) what happens when your students run into the real English language?  Most of my students - especially adults - think listening is a pain in the neck. They are able to do exercises with tapes from course books but when it comes to listening to mother tongue people talking at their normal speed they get clearly puzzled.  

In my classes I always prefer using real materials rather than course books, but I have always been torn between graded tapes and normal-speed recordings when I have to teach listening skills. So if a real recording is difficult why don't we grade the activities? Here there are a few ideas I used with my students last week......

 

 

Interesting listening activites using real materials


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Interesting Graphic on Individualized Learning

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Students learn best when their learning is individualized. There are actually several instructional strategies that  teachers can draw on to adapt their teaching to the individual needs of their...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 19, 2013 12:33 PM

I love the way this is laid out and I love the example of student choice. This is a trend I can endorse because it makes so much more sense than the one-size-fits-all standardized curriculum.

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THE DO AND DON'T OF FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: How to to become a better teacher -Instructions from NCTE excellent report (pdf) -

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Top Facebook Pages for English Language Teachers

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Facebook is an excellent resource for English teachers. Click here to read about some of our favorite Facebook pages for teachers of English!

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Demi Andriopoulou's curator insight, January 25, 6:32 AM

Personally, I have met very interesting educators via Facebook who share stuff with me and i with them and find a lot of ideas and activities through those pages and groups.

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Using Facebook to find and curate English resources.

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films lesson plans listed on "English Academy" ,the site of a French ELT teacher, Catherine Serreau'

films lesson plans listed on "English Academy" ,the site of a French  ELT teacher, Catherine Serreau' #efl #esl #esol #filmsELT

 

And also  another French  ELT teacher,Laurence Theixans 's site  http://theixans.pagesperso-orange.fr/cinema.htm

 

LiensVoir le site cinéhig pour Une filmographie pour le programme de terminaleà l'origine pour des profs d'histoire -géographie mais utile pour l'anglais aussi.English Academy Un site personnel de Catherine Serreau qui recense les "lessons plans" sur des films.Même principe sur le site de Laurence TheixansUn guide sur l'histoire du cinéma pas trop compliqué.Zéro de Conduite offre de nombreux dossiers pédagogiques d'accompagnement qui peuvent nous donner des idées!L'excellent site d'Alain Verreman professeur d'allemand, qui regorge d'activités réalisables en classe autour du film.Un peu de technique avec The Grammar of television and film.Le Quai des Images n'est pas spécifique à l'anglais mais est une bonne source d'inspiration.Scriptorama nous offre des centaines de scripts et de transcripts, attention aux coquilles cependant!Vodkaster est un site qui stocke des milliers de séquences de films.Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals est un site où l'on peut trouver des extraits de film en rapport avec des points de grammaires, avec également les fiches de travail qui vont avec.
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How to Flip like a Pro: a learning community for teachers using screencasting in education

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The Flipped Learning Network’s online community of practice offers advice and resources to educators who are interested in using a flipped teaching approach. 


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Teachers, Don't miss this "Show Me the Strategies"

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Don't miss this. Whether you are a first year teacher or been "teaching for years" (like me) this is a great list of strategies to keep on hand.

Show Me the Strategies, compiled by Donna Sears and Linda Stewart, is an UNBELIEVABLY comprehensive list of strategies that can be used throughout lessons, beginning, middle and end.


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KB...Konnected's curator insight, October 13, 2013 4:32 PM

Don't miss this. Whether you are a first year teacher or been "teaching for years" (like me) this is a great list of strategies to keep on hand.

Show Me the Strategies, compiled by Donna Sears and Linda Stewart, is an UNBELIEVABLY comprehensive list of strategies that can be used throughout lessons, beginning, middle and end.

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Témoignage : reprendre confiance en soi et goût aux études grâce aux Mind maps, aux flash-cards et à l'exploitation de son profil pédagogique.

Témoignage : reprendre confiance en soi et goût aux études grâce aux Mind maps, aux flash-cards et à l'exploitation de son profil pédagogique. | Brainfriendly strategies, infos, tips, material  - Learning a language efficiently, with  pleasure | Scoop.it

Il y a une semaine, Laurence m'a envoyé un message pour témoigner de la façon dont son fils avait repris goût aux études et confiance en lui grâce aux Mind maps et à l'xploitation de son profil kinésthésique...


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Louis Levy's curator insight, October 14, 2013 2:09 AM

Intéressant témoignage et très belles cartes faites par un étudiant.