Questions for teachers, parents and students, from an educational psychologist
A lot of the times, teachers assign homework just to keep students busy. Sometimes teachers think that the amount of homework equals the amount of practice, i.e. the more homework assigned, the better the students will be. I think teachers need to be a bit more reflective and selective when assigning homework.
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Six study habits to avoid and adopt Winter Park/Maitland Observer Studying in silence or amid a little white noise will not distract from thinking and can help a student concentrate without the disruption of lyrics and changing tempos.
From a quick comparison of these two lists it may well look like the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages, but those disadvantages are BIG, especially the cost. If you are thinking of introducing iPads in your school, then I think by far the best way to start is just by having a few in the teachers’ staff room and letting the teachers explore them and see what they can do with them. If this can generate some enthusiasm then you could be on your way to having a 21st century language school.
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