Thank you for all the fantastic posts in November for CPD month. You can read all of them here. For December, there are only three topics rather than the usual four. The first asks you for classroom ideas and activities for festivals, Christmas and the end of term. The second choice is all about teaching mixed ability classes and the third choice asks for your opinions about blended learning.
These two very different activities by Larissa Albano and Steve Muir take Christmas television commercials and use them for engaging and enjoyable language learning activities.
The first, by Larissa, uses a video tool called Educanon, which allows teachers to insert pauses at different points in the advert. With each pause, students are asked a pre-written question and invited to give their response.
To keep your students busy over the holidays (if you have holidays in your teaching context, and if not you may just want to add a bit of seasonal fun to classes in December) and to practise some digital remix literacy, here's a little challenge.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
Will the Blended Learning be Formal Education in the Future?
Nowadays, everybody is talking about the sophisticated fashion of education,the blended learning.But the question that will imposes itself upon our educational life is”Will the blended be formal education after, let us say, a decade? The answer to this question is represented in our predictions of the future that are germane to the process of teaching , the method of learning and the uprising of the scientific and technological mutations.
If I had been asked about online learning a few years ago, I would have responded with the view of a skeptic. Similar to many teachers, I thrive on the feeling of being in control. I always arrived to my classroom a few minutes before the students to ensure that I was fully prepared. There was nothing I feared more than relying on something I couldn’t control, so the idea of using technology in the classroom intimidated me. I wasn’t the most technologically savvy person. What if a cord wasn’t plugged in properly, or the Internet connection was down? What would I do?
Well, let's start saying that teaching is not the easiest job in the world..When I have one to one or group lessons I can't help taking everything personally, being a teacher is not just a job, you put everything you have to be able to give to your students "something".
Sustainable and long-term development is an ideal that all professional teachers aspire to. The ability to stay motivated and be a reflective practitioner is what makes the job we do as teachers more rewarding. Does your school or institution recognise this and what support are you given to develop - financial or otherwise? What systems are in place to ensure that development happens without being intrusive?
November is CPD month on TeachingEnglish and our sister site EnglishAgenda with several webinars, podcasts and a live event planned. You can read all about what's happening here
Consequently, the 4 topics for November are all related to Continuing Professional Development.
An introductory programme to introduce classroom action research for forty teachers including ten ELT teachers was done by me at Nattandiya teacher Centre in North Western province Sri Lanka. The main purpose is to bring reflective practices to classroom teaching and find solutions to educational problems the teachers face in the teaching learning process in the country.