Latest blog topics for January and February

We are changing the format of the blog topics slightly. Instead of monthly topics, there will be bi-monthly topics so you get two months instead of one to submit your blog posts.

Below are the topics for January and February 2016:

Average: 2 (1 vote)

Brain-Based Approaches to ELT

Nina MK, Ph.D.

When I saw the title of an upcoming city methodological seminar, I could not resist it. I mean, aren’t ALL approaches to ELT brain based? Can we even think of teaching without using the brain? And whose brain is actually meant, the teacher’s, the student’s or both? So I bundled up and braved the Siberian frost, all in order to attend this seminar, to listen to my colleagues and to take part in various discussions.

Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Gamifying the reading

Let’s understand realia within this context as: real-world articles from the internet, taken from websites.

Even though the availability of articles is huge, the main challenge to most students is the motivation to get started and go through a serie of tasks that usually follow the reading.

Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Motivating Myself

Being motivated and staying motivated is difficult. Now that we're in the new year and back to work, I'm finding that I have endless energy and bags of enthusiasm, which is in stark contrast to the holiday mode of the end of last year when I struggled to even think about putting pen to paper, let alone deal with pesky students. Amazing the difference a few weeks make.

Average: 2.9 (7 votes)

What I've learned through motivation

The last few days of the year are always a time for reflection and an opportunity to appreciate those moments that have helped us grow and - hopefully- become better inidividuals. For the last post of the year, I decided to look back on all those moments that have encouraged me to keep going and reminded me of the beauty of teaching. Instead of sharing the moments themselves, I would like to focus more on the lessons learned through them.

Average: 2.7 (3 votes)

Fiona Mauchline: Motivating teens – as easy as finding a snowflake that won’t melt.

That is, I guess, ‘my area’ – I’ve been writing on it, working on it and reflecting on it for well over a decade and recently even studying the neuroscience of it. But I’m not an expert, because at the theoretical level it’s as simple as the ice crystals it takes to make a snowflake (ironic tone on ‘simple’). But on another level, it’s only as complex as making bread sauce (which is incredibly easy – see below).

Average: 4.6 (7 votes)

Larry Ferlazzo - Increasing Motivation Through Students Setting Goals

Researchers typically divide goals into two types - learning goals (also known as mastery goals) and performance goals.  Learning goals are motivated by a desire to increase one's skills and ability in an area or in accomplishing a task, while performance goals tend to be more motivated by a desire for recognition - from friends, teachers, or family - and a competitive desire to "be better" than others.
Average: 4.3 (4 votes)


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