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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"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."
"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."
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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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!
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
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.
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...