I’ve been writing lesson plans designed around short films for my website Film English for six years. Teachers often ask me how I find the short films I use in my lesson plans. The answer is quite simple: I’ve watched literally thousands of short films and developed an instinct for the type of …
DTLLS tutor's insight:
Amazing website with a large amount of short films that are ideal to use in language classes. Some even come with lesson plans. There are also silent films in other sections, which could be used in any language class. Love it!
Some ineffective learning styles have been discredited but others live on in spite of the weight of evidence
DTLLS tutor's insight:
Always good to challenge your beliefs... Fully agree with myth 2, 3 and 4. Myth 2: We should all know that interleaving is much better for retaining things in our memory, so focusing at one thing at a time is easier for the tutor and works for short time memory (exam results), but is not ideal if we are talking about subjects the students are actually meant to remember. Myth 3: Students need to learn that not everything will be adapted to their personal preference in life, so they better get used to that as early as possible. They do need to learn how to adapt material to their own preference and some help with that will be extremely beneficial. We should use personalised learning only to make the students more responsible and better able to deal with the group learning. Myth 4: Student control. Don't you just love it? Who had the great idea that letting demotivated students do self-study would be beneficial? Somebody who thought they could save money! But not somebody who actually knows about motivation. For highly motivated students: Yes! Great! For the other lot (many of the young full time students in FE) we first need to put in place the 4 basic stages of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, especially the self-esteem one. They need to know that they can do it. And this is much easier to work on in a group context. This links to Myth 5. Of course we need to raise aspiration. I've spent over 15 years in FE now, mainly dealing with adults and have been surprised about the amount of low self-esteem in adults. That's not even taking into account the typical 16 year old in FE. We do need to have aspirations for our students. We need to belief in them. Everyone in the college needs to belief in them. You can't set up a special programme or teach aspiration, but as a teacher, you need to have it for your students. INSPIRE TO ASPIRE! Myth 1 is the one that causes me most problems. So far I haven't been able to find anything to really bust this myth. Of course subject knowledge is important and that should be the main focus, but I do belief that it is really important that people learn to think. Is a car mechanic who know every bit of the engine really any better than a car mechanic who knows how an engine works and can reason what might be wrong with it and solve the problem? More often than not if you have a subject specialist who cannot think you end up with more problems. Just look at the web design of both colleges I work for. Done by people with great IT knowledge (much more that I have), but with hardly any thinking skills, as they can't design the webpage in a way that most people can actually find the course they are looking for. I think that many people with less subject knowledge can actually do a better job. General skills, like critical thinking, should be part of the subject specific teaching, but in my experience the subject teachers aren't always strong on it and/or don't know how to teach it... This comes back to the general idea of embedding. Embedding anything. All skills would be best taught if they were embedded, but this means that the subject specialist has to also be a specialist in all those other skills... Maybe you need well trained teams of specialists... but that means time to work together... and that means more money... and that is what we don't have ... so maybe teaching it separately is the next best thing...
The Dyslexie Font is created for people with dyslexia to make reading easy for them.
DTLLS tutor's insight:
This is really great! It really works. You can download the font for free for private use, but I think getting as many people as possible to pay for it would be even better. Maybe we can convince Microsoft to include it in Office. Wouldn't that be great?
"Even though both social learning and social media witness a lot of human interaction, social media plays a very small role in social learning in the workplace. Instructional designers need, besides real face-to-face collaboration during the learning process, a digital watercooler around which employees gather, have high quality conversations and discuss about possible solutions to business problems."
Though the idea of learning styles has fallen from favor in education circles due to a lack of compelling research data that supports its effectiveness, there’s quite of bit of misunderstanding about it all. First, some clarity.
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