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Challenges of online teaching

Schools, Institutions and the likes who run blended learning courses are better equipped and oriented to deliver online. Enforced move to remote teaching comes with its own challenges not only for teachers but also for students and parents.

Below are some challenges for teachers and ideas to overcome them:

Students welfare and well-being:

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Corona, Corona

It all started as in a movie: On Friday the 13th, our headmistress announced we would not be able to come to school the next Monday, March 16th. She gave us instructions on how to start with this distance learning, which was, until now, the unknown concept to the majority of Slovene teachers. Well, we all understood the meaning of the phrase 'distance learning', but we could not imagine how and where to start in real life.

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Milica Vukadin - Being a Mentor and a Mentee - Developing Together

We must not forget that mentorSHIP ends with SHIP, so like any other relationship, both sides get something in the process. What does that mean exactly?

This means that by mentoring someone, you develop as an educator in countless ways. Here are some ways you improve as an educator by mentoring someone:

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A test about testing: Let's see how you score

There are several questions that we can ask ourselves when correcting and marking an activity. Test yourself and check your final score:

1. Is it necessary to correct every single mistake? (YES 0 points/ NO 1 point)

Mostly when marking a written activity, we tend to underline or cross out every mistake our students make.

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Artificial Intelligence - a tool for inclusivity in education?

There are ethical debates about AI and inclusivity which humanity as a whole, and we as educators, must be mindful of; however, AI-assisted online resources in education are already here.  In this blog post, I'll examine how AI can address specific needs regarding reading skills and enable teaching strategies to foster an inclusive learning environment and positive experience for English language learners.

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Motivating Teachers

I have been a teacher trainer/educator, town department of education methodologist, unofficial mentor and author for many years. As I came to work at school after a decade of university lecturing and some years at Columbia College - Columbia University Alumni Affairs Office, in addition to being the only Ph.D. out of a hundred staff, I was asked by the district authorities to conduct several courses for the local EL teachers during my very first year at school. Since I had my own three children at school I could not very well say “No” to any extra tasks.

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Adapting the rhythm of your lessons to whatever may happen

That's great, it is because you have explained that grammatical topic incredibly well, of course, it's all your merit. But, the problem is that you may not have any other activity prepared, you know, we are just only human! Don´t beat yourself up about it!

Observation is fundamental during a lesson so that you can know how an activity is developing in the classroom:

-Have they understood the instructions?

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Technology dilemmas: affordances, constraints, tips and tricks

By Vicky Saumell

It is difficult to imagine a world without technology and, therefore, for me it is difficult to imagine a classroom without technology. But…. Yes, but. It’s important to remember that all that glitters is not gold.

Some of the benefits

I will start with the benefits I perceive as the most important.

The first is that there shouldn’t be a mismatch between the classroom and the outside world.

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Milica Vukadin - Think Like a Teenager - 10 Methods to Motivate Teenage Learners

Quite a lot of research and academic articles point out that for our students to be engaged in learning, we need to appear engaged as well. To put it simply - positive energy is contagious, and if you are excited about teaching with a certain method, the students will share your excitement as well.

Here are some methods I use to motivate my teenage students:

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Motivated teens: A cross cultural digital exchange

Teenagers, motivation, hmm… 

I’ve been teaching teenagers now for over twenty years and something that has always interested (and challenged) me is how to ignite and maintain alight intrinsic motivation. 

Intrinsic Motivation: A person with intrinsic motivation wants to do a task for the pleasure involved in doing the task itself.

Extrinsic motivation has never been quite as elusive. 

Extrinsic Motivation: A person with extrinsic motivation wants to do a task in order to receive a reward or avoid a punishment.

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