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How to get your students to speak 100% English

100% English is a bold claim, but the article has a few solid tips that teachers using a student-centered approach can use to inspire more English in the classroom.
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100% English is a bold claim, but the article has a few solid tips that teachers using a student-centered approach can use to inspire more English in the classroom.
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5 More Time Saving Hacks for Teachers

5 More Time Saving Hacks for Teachers | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
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Strategies for teachers to save time and be more efficient.
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Bigger Gains for Students Who Don’t Get Help Solving Problems

Bigger Gains for Students Who Don’t Get Help Solving Problems | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
Allowing learners to struggle will actually help them learn better, according to research on “productive failure” conducted by Manu Kapur, a researcher at the
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Hinting and withdrawing is a key strategy for helping learners find answers on their own. To really learn, and to value what they've achieved, students must struggle---but they also must find success in the end.

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Teach by not Teaching

Teach by not Teaching | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
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Dave and Amy Long talk about what exactly it means for students to learn by "doing it themselves" in English class.

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Punitive Damages

To punish kids, very simply, is to make something unpleasant happen to them -- or prevent them from experiencing something pleasant – usually with the goal of changing their future behavior.  The punisher makes them suffer, in other words, to teach them a lesson.[1]

Fundamental questions about the wisdom of this approach may suggest themselves even before we look at the results of scientific investigations.
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Alfie Kohn explains the negative consequences of punishments, both physical and non-physical, and why punishments fail to work. Are we teaching kids a lesson about the consequences of their actions? Yes, but it isn't likely to be the intended one.

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34 experts offer their tips for how to speak English fluently

34 experts offer their tips for how to speak English fluently | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
What does it take to become fluent in English? 34 renowned English learning specialists share their #1 tips for achieving English fluency.
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Tips for English fluency from 34 educators.

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THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE BY STEPHEN COVEY - ANIMATED BOOK REVIEW - YouTube

Review The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (summary, review). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most influential books in s...

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Review the classic in under 7 minutes.

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Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong

Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
Negative consequences, timeouts, and punishment just make bad behavior worse. But a new approach really works.
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Problem solving with students after outbursts instead of issuing consequences has shown promising results.

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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom? | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.
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Some guiding questions for gauging how student centered your classroom is, and some thoughts on balancing the teacher roles of facilitation, direct instruction, and coaching.

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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
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5 characteristics of great teachers.
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How Teachers Can Motivate Students of Any Age

How Teachers Can Motivate Students of Any Age | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it

LookingHow can teachers promote the intrinsic benefits of learning in school systems that depend on grades as a way to measure progress?

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Looking at praise, structure, and responsibility in relation to student motivation.

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These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World

These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it

Millennials mired inside a traditional corporate environment and people living life inside lean startups will find his thinking particularly spot on.

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"People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year." This and more from Peter Drucker, aka "the founder of modern management."

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Study says parents' help with homework does more harm than good

Study says parents' help with homework does more harm than good | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it

EFL classesFinally some parenting advice that doesn't create more work for Mom and Dad: Don't help your kids with their homework.

This bit of wisdom comes from a story in the Atlantic reporting on what's being touted as the "largest-ever study of how parental involvement affects acad

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Might EFL classes be different than this study? Home environment with learning in a positive light and resources for it (e.g. reading to children, as mentioned), and help with learning how to learn may be more effective than a parent explicitly teaching English to a child.

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How The Growth Mindset Can Harm Your Learning - Metalearn

How The Growth Mindset Can Harm Your Learning - Metalearn | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
It’s hard to think of an idea that’s received as much attention in recent years than the growth mindset. But what exactly is this idea and what’s all the hype about? In this post I explore how the growth mindset, when misinterpreted can have a negative impact on learning and discuss strategies to avoid this pitfall.
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Navigating the difference between understanding the Growth Mindset intellectually and using it effectively, this article highlights pitfalls teachers and students face in using Carol Dweck's influential ideas. It suggests practical measures to avoid misapplying the Growth Mindset.
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The power of listening | William Ury | TEDxSanDiego - YouTube

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. William Ury explains how listening is the essential, and often over...
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Part of being a more effective teacher is understanding more about listening to students. Ury, an expert on negotiation, talks about why to work on listening and how to be better at it.

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Growth mindset guru Carol Dweck says teachers and parents often use her research incorrectly - The Hechinger Report

Growth mindset guru Carol Dweck says teachers and parents often use her research incorrectly - The Hechinger Report | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
Stanford psychology professor Carol Dweck has become something of a cult figure in education and parenting circles. Her research into boosting student motivation has spawned a mini industry of consultants, sold more than a million books and changed the way that many adults praise children. Dweck believes too many students are hobbled by the belief that intelligence …
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Dweck suggests not to praise effort alone--that can ring hollow. Instead, praise a child’s process and strategies, and tie those to the outcome. Includes strategies for teachers to avoid skipping the necessary journey to a real growth mindset.

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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom? | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.
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Use these questions to reflect on the learning environment you design for students:In what ways do students feel respected, feel valued, and feel part of the whole group?In what ways do students have ownership of the classroom? Do they ever make decisions about resources, environment, or use of time? When? How often?Do they have ownership in their learning? Do they have choices and options for projects, assignments, and partners for group work?When are students comfortable with expressing who they are and their thoughts and ideas? When are they not?When do you inquire about the needs of your students? How often do you do this? How often do you check for group understanding and adjust the instruction accordingly?How are desks arranged? Are students facing each other? Do they have multiple opportunities each week to share with fellow classmates, and to share with a variety of classmates?As the instructor, what is my "air time" each class session? How much direct instruction is there? How might I change some of that directing teaching to facilitating?
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Intrinsic Motivation for the Classroom

Intrinsic Motivation for the Classroom | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
Bring on the i. I just finished reading several books about intrinsic motivation. None of the research is new, so why aren't we incorporating intrinsic motivation into the classroom more? Here are ...
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Short and easy-to-grasp tips for inspiring intrinsic motivation in students.

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Why Understanding Obstacles is Essential to Achieving Goals

Why Understanding Obstacles is Essential to Achieving Goals | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
Knowing what gets in the way of accomplishing goals can be more powerful than all the positive thinking in the world.
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In helping students with goals, positive thinking isn't enough.

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Preschoolers and Praise: What Kinds of Messages Help Kids Grow?

Preschoolers and Praise: What Kinds of Messages Help Kids Grow? | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it

When parents hear, “I can’t!” they can help the child reflect on the greater possibilities with language like this: “You can’t do it yet. You are still learning. But keep trying.”The messages parents and educators convey to preschoolers can help strengthen kids for obstacles throughout life.

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 “I can’t!” -- “You can’t do it yet. You are still learning. But keep trying.”

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Teaching English to Children in Asia | Book

Teaching English to Children in Asia | Book | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
Product:Teaching English to Children in Asia | Book, Book series:,Written byDavid Paul, Published byPearson
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Highly recommended book on teaching children. Kids whose native language does not use the alphabet and who don't speak English outside of once-a-week lessons need a different approach. The book also contains 100 game ideas.

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Travelers rejoice! Smartphones turned into real-time voice and sign translators

Travelers rejoice! Smartphones turned into real-time voice and sign translators | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
Travelling in a foreign country has often been a challenge – now technology comes to the rescue. Google has updated its Translate app to do voice and sign translations - just point your smartphone at signs, menus or whatever you want to understand.
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Potential for this technological language tool is progressing quickly.

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Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention

Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it
Listening and observing can be passive activities—in one ear and out the other, as our mothers used to say. Or they can be rich, active, intense experiences that lead to serious learning. The difference lies in our intention: the purpose and awareness with which we approach the occasion. Here's how to make sure your intentions are good.
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Students can become more active in their approach to learning when they utilize listening strategies specified here. Intention is key.

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A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments of Teaching

A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments of Teaching | EFL Student-Centered Teaching | Scoop.it

Thoughts "Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."

British philosopher, mathematician, historia

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Thoughts on teaching from philosopher Bertrand Russell. Do they stand up in today's world?

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