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dimecres, 31 d’agost de 2011

Behaviour – Setting the Ground Rules

No descobrim la sopa d'all amb aquest article, però està bé, després de tanta desconnexió, recordar algunes pautes per controlar la classe al principi i al llarg del curs. Un director que vaig tenir deia el mateix i ja fa uns quants anys d'això. És que era savi?

 Behaviour – Setting the Ground Rules

de The Creative Education Blog

A fresh start
So here we are, a new school year and time for a fresh start so far as behaviour is concerned.  Whether you had your classes eating out of your hand or walking all over you last term, it’s irrelevant now.  How you conduct yourself in the classroom in the next few days will set the tone for the whole academic year, so it pays to get it right. 

Be prepared
I’m sure you’ve spent much of the summer ‘holidays’ preparing for this academic year, so I won’t over labour the point, but suffice to say that you should not waltz into your classroom without a plan in mind. You need to be clear in your own mind about exactly what type of behaviour you want to encourage in your classroom and what types of behaviour you won’t tolerate.  Of course, it pays to be familiar with your school or department’s behaviour policy too.  Many schools have clearly defined rewards and punishments and sticking with these can convey a powerful message to students receiving a consistent message from multiple members of staff.

 
Start as you mean to go on
Right from the moment you set foot in school you’re setting the tone for this school year.  Of course, there’s no point trying to be someone you’re not so if you’re generally quite easy going, don’t set out to be the strictest teacher on the block, but do be aware that if there was ever a time when the expression ‘give them an inch and they’ll take a mile’ rang true it’s right here and right now.  Allowing minor indiscretions to pass you by on the first day of term can be a one way ticket to bedlam.  Instead be firm but fair right from the start and you will earn your pupils’ respect.

Be clear about your ground rules
You need not only to know in your own mind what the rules of your classroom are, you also need to make these clear to your pupils.  Try not to fall into the trap of just telling pupils what they can and can’t do though.  Instead explain to them WHY you have come up with these rules, and why you feel it’s important that they’re stuck to and how this will impact on everybody’s learning experience.  Also be very clear about the type of behaviour you wish to encourage in your classroom.  This isn’t all about telling kids what they can’t do, it should also be about encouraging them to be the best they can be as well.

Make the rules of your classroom easily visible
It can be hard for pupils to remember all the rules of a new classroom, so lend them a hand by displaying them clearly in the classroom.  Younger children can be involved in creating displays outlining the rules of the classroom.  This will help them to understand the rules too.  Older children sometimes benefit by ‘entering into a contract’ with their teacher and actually signing to say that they agree to do their best to abide by the class rules. 

Make pupils feel involved and responsible for sticking to the ground rules
Young people are far more likely to stick to a set of rules that they really believe in and which they’ve had a hand in creating, so why not discuss your proposed rules and reasoning with your class and ask for their input.  They may contribute some valuable ideas.  If they buy into the rules then they are far more likely to see that they’re enforced, and surprisingly, peers can often be a lot more strict than teachers when they really believe in the rules.

Consistency is the key
Whatever happens, you must be consistent.  If you have said you will reward or punish a certain behaviour in a specific way, be sure to do it.  Otherwise pupils will simply assume that the rules aren’t that important and that you’re not going to follow through on them.  Pupils will feel most safe in a predictable environment where they understand the rules and the consequences of their behaviour.  For this reason, consistency on your part will help them to flourish as learners.

Don’t let the small things slide
It can be very easy to let minor disruptions pass for the sake of simply getting on with the lesson but whilst this may save a minute or two in the short term, it will cost you dearly in the long term as pupils are more likely to push their luck. 

Don’t let good behaviour go unnoticed
Try not to get too embroiled in dealing with negative behaviours.  It’s important to ensure that good behaviour doesn’t slip you by.  Encouraging positive behaviour is just as important, if not more so, than discouraging negative behaviour and will go a long way towards helping you establish a successful learning environment.

You may also be interested in Creative Education’s latest DVD value pack about positive behaviour management which has been developed with leading behaviour expert Sue Cowley. 



EL llibre digital: més tauleta que portàtil

Aquest vespre he llegit a La Vanguardia aquesta notícia. El link és en castellà, no l'he pogut trobar en català.

http://www.lavanguardia.com/tecnologia/20110831/54209873361/el-libro-digital-que-quiere-ser-tableta.html


Riddle 5

Well, this monument is in Stirling, Scotland. It's the Wallace monument. Here you have information about the monument:

http://www.nationalwallacemonument.com/



The next riddle is...

What's the name of this city?


Win culture!

Back to school

Vinga mestres, cap a l'escola. Demà milers de mestres tornaran a l'escola. Ho preparan tot per aquest nou curs escolar. Alguns d'ells començaran en una nova escola i altres, es tornaran a reunir amb els seus companys. Et vull desitjar un bon primer dia. Tot el que necessites és energia, entusiasme i pasciència. Saps que la recompensa serà gran. Ja ho veuràs! Confia en els teus alumnes!

Come on, teachers, back to school! Tomorrow, thousands of teachers will come back to school. They'll prepare all for the new school year. Some of them will move in a new school, and the others, will joint to their collegues. I would like to desire you a happy first day. All you need is energy, excitement and patience. You know what the reward will be great. You'll see! Trust in your students!


dimarts, 30 d’agost de 2011

Le France

Sempre estic amb l'anglès, però França també m'agrada molt. Us poso unes cosetes...





Música



Margarita

Avui, un amic m'ha passat una adreça d'un bloc que es diu "Mireu què fem a la nostra biblioteca". Hi he trobat un curtmetratge que no sé perquè, però me l'he mirat. Es diu Margarita i m'ha agradat. Primer de tot perquè surten moltes estrelles i m'agraden molt. De fet, una de les coses que tinc a la llista de coses a fer és anar a mirar les estrelles a un lloc on no hi hagi contaminació lumínica. L'última vegada que vaig quedar-me embadalida mirant les estrelles va ser a Letònia. Era en un viatge Comenius i ens van portar al cul del món, com sempre dic. Érem al mig del bosc, tot fosc i un cel clar i estrellat... com no l'havia vist mai. Feia fred, però m'hi vaig estar una bona estona. Aquella imatge és difícil d'oblidar, com tantes altres coses. 


Deixant a banda les meves històries, crec que aquest curt és un bon recurs per a treballar a la classe de llengua, ja que en tot el curt no es parla fet que ens ofereix la possibilitat de treballar-lo en català, en anglès, en japonès... en qualsevol llengua. 

Mirant-lo, de seguida m'han vingut al cap diverses paraules: llibres, històries, fantasia, innocència, inconsciència, somnis, perills, música, esforç, il·lusió, brillar i fites. Deu ni dó!

Per tant, com podeu veure també és una bona eina per treballar els valors. Una nena somiadora, que té un objectiu: l’estrella. Passa alegria, por, mostra valentia, esforç i al final l’aconsegueix.

Evidentment, es troba en algun problema, però se’n surt. També aporta un cert optimisme, no trobeu? 

Detalls com el motor de la barca, la música, la nena tan petita i el pare tan gran... 

Per mi, la millor imatge del curt és al final. Quan la nena juga a la platja i l’àvia la va a buscar. Aquelles siluetes amb el far al fons... 

Bé, si teniu 10 minuts, ja ho sabeu!

SUMMARY

This short film is called "Daisy". I think it's a good tool for language classroom because, in the short film, nobody talks, so you can use it in your mother tongue or another (English, for example).
On the other hand, it's a good resource for working the values with your students. If you have 10 minutes, enjoy it!


Com que m'ha agradat la música aquí us la deixo també...

Light me the way
 

How to do research?


Riddle 4

Yes, very good Vancouver. 


It's Lisboa!

But you're tied with another participant! 3-3!


Here you have information about Lisboa. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon

The next riddle is...

Where is this monument?



Win culture!!

Com celebrar un aniversari

Després del post "Com decorar un pastís", anem a veure com celebrar un aniversari. Elements que hi ha d'haver:

After the post "How to decorate a cake," let's see how to celebrate a birthday. Items must have:

Globus
Balloon



Pastís
A cake



Xampany
Champagne


Espelmes
Candles


Una felicitació
A birthday card


Regals
Presents


Gent especial amb qui compartir un dia tan especial
Important people for sharing a special day



Un dinar/sopar...
A lunch/dinner...



Un petó i un desig...
A kiss and a birthday desire...


I, esclar, TU!!



                              Moltes Felicitats!!

dilluns, 29 d’agost de 2011

More Than 100 Tips and Tricks for New Teachers

The last post for today. Here you have a link where you can see an interesting Google Docs presentation.  There are 131 tips for new teachers.

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/08/more-than-100-tips-and-tricks-for-new.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29&utm_content=Google+Reader


Pegby. Discovering new tools - Descobrint noves eines

Avui he rebut aquest post de Free Technology for Teachers, http://www.freetech4teachers.com/, pàgina que us recomano perquè cada dia hi apareixen noves eines web 2.0 per a treballar amb els alumnes. Aquesta vegada us presento Pegby. 

Today I received this post from Free Technology for Teachers, website that I recommend you because every day there are new tools web 2.0 for working with your students. Now, this time I present Pegby.

Pegby es configura com un panell de suro amb targetes enganxades. El suro té tres columnes per posar les seves fitxes. Una columna de coses a fer, una columna de les coses en marxa, i una columna per al que ja s'ha fet. A cada fitxa es pot assignar a una persona, pot tenir arxius adjunts a la mateixa, i poden tenir dates de venciment assignades. Podeu utilitzar Pegby de manera individual pots compartir el panell de suro amb altra gent. Vegeu el vídeo de sota per aprendre sobre Pegby.

Pegby is set up like a corkboard with index cards stuck to it. The corkboard has three columns to place your index cards on. A column for things to do, a column for things in progress, and a column for things that are done. Each of index card can be assigned to a person, can have files attached to it, and can have due dates assigned to it. You can use Pegby as an individual or you can share your corkboard with others. Watch the video below to learn about Pegby.

Riddle 3




It's Amsterdam!!




More information about Amsterdam in:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam

So, here is the 3rd riddle. It, maybe, is a litlle bit difficult. Try it!


Win culture!

Riddle 2

Yes, someone answered the Riddle 1 correctly. The city is Brighton.







If you want to know more about Brighton, here you have a link from wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton

Here is the second Riddle.

What is the name of this city?


Win culture

diumenge, 28 d’agost de 2011

Riddle 1

What is the name of this city?


Win culture!!

Quèquicom Magnífic programa educatiu

Aquí teniu el link de Quèquicom

http://www.tv3.cat/pprogrames/quequicom/qqcSeccio.jsp?seccio=programa


Teacher Refresher Course - (London) 13th session

13th Session: ICT in EFL

This was the last session of the first week.



In this session we talked about the advantages and disadvanages of using learning technologies in class.


Advantages

- Interactive
- Multimedia
- IT skills acquired
- Student paced
- Real communication
- Motivating

Disadvantages

- Technical issues
- IT skills required
- Integration problems
- Classroom management
- Distraction

The teacher gave us some websites:

www.listen-and-write.com

www.manythings.org

www.isabelperez.com

http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.com/




Teacher Refresher Course - (London) 12th session

12th Session: Authentic Video / DVD

In that session we talked about why use DVD in the classroom and why do we need to be careful when using video/DVD.

Here you have some ideas:

- It's accessible
- It's authentic
- For comprehension of spoken language
- As a language model
- For culture
- Because it's fun

And we have to be careful for:

- High verbal density
- Dialect and regional accents
- Period language
- Danger of overloading learners



Activity 1: Scene Prediction

Watch the video and when the video is paused, write what you think is going to happen next.



Activity 2: Jumbled Conversation

Look at the dialogue and try to put in the correct order. Before you watch to check, discuss with a partner who you think the two characters are, what their relationship is, how they feel, etc.



Activity 3: Mystery Questions
Watch the next video clip and make notes of any important information/significant details. You will have to answer questions after you have seen it.


Teacher Refresher Course - (London) 11th session

11th Session: Warmers&Fillers

We started with this simple game:

7 - 19 - 18 - 8 / 8 - 22 - 8 - 8 - 18 - 12 - 13 /  18 - 8  / 26 - 25 - 12 - 6 - 7 / 4 - 26 - 9 - 14 - 22 - 9 - 8

Do you guess the message? Do you know what is the key?



Yes, exactly!! Each number corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, but starting from the end.

We talked about how important is to use warmers and fillers in the English class. Here you have some reasons:  

- To create a positive atmosphere for learning.
- Activating schemata
- Revision and recycling
- Language and communication

Now, see these examples of warmers. We did them and we enjoyed a lot. 

Warmer 1. Name 5 things.

Put students into 2 groups.
Give each group 3 slips of card, each with "name 5 + subject of your choice" written on them.
Groups have 3-5 minutes to write their lists of 5.
One student reads out one of their slips (not the list) and the other group has 30 seconds to shout out as many things that could be on the list as possible. For each correct guess the team gets 1 point.
The winners are the group with the most points. 









Warmer 2. Sentences in a hat.

Each student takes two cards with incomplete sentences on them and fills the gap to make the sentence true for them.
The cards are then all folded in half and place in a hat.
Each student then takes two cards from the hat.
Students mingle and ask question to try to find out who wrote the sentences they have.
Students then feedback to the class the information they have found. 



Teacher Refresher Course - (London) 10th session

10th Session: Pronunciation

Pronunciation in English is not easy sometimes. We have to know some rules. Here is a video with some pronunciation tips from BBC Learning English.

video

The teacher gave us a copy of "My 100 most mispronounced words in English". Here you have a link where you can read them. 

http://www.ilkogretimkalbi.com/dokuman/ingilizce/English_Teaching_Professional-/100mispro.pdf

I attach the phonetic chart. Let's see it:



Here you have an example that you can use in your class.

Telephone activity

Draw a chart in the blackboard. It has to be as a telephone, like this:


In every square the teacher writes a word. Every word has to have a different sound. After that, the teacher says a telephone number but instead of saying the numbers says the words that he previously has writen.Children have to guess the numbers.





dissabte, 27 d’agost de 2011

Teacher Refresher Course - (London) 9th session

9th Session: Developing Listening Skills
Listening is the skill which needs the most practice and it's the hardest to teach well. So, here there are some general ideas teaching:

- Inform students about listening and remind them that it need practice.
- Set regular (daily) listening homework i.e. net based.
- Include listening in student evaluation - i.e. 20%
- Pause often to check their comprehension and perception.



There are different kind of listenings:

- Listening for gist
- Listening for specific information
- Listening in detail
- Inferential listening

I would like to recommend you this next link. It's from British Council and I think I attached in another post. In Listen&Watch section you can practice your listening skill. 


Another good website is BBC Learning English. Here you can practice your english 6 minutes every day.


Of course, I know there are lots of websites where you can practice your listening skill, for example: 


In addition, you can download the mobile application to practice Listenings!!


Teacher Refresher Course - (London) 8th session

8th Session: The A-Z of British Etiquette
In that session we discussed about an article in the Independent from 27th May 2007, "The A-Z of modern etiquette". Here you have the link if you want to read the article:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/the-az-of-modern-etiquette-450161.html


Teacher Refresher Course - (London) 7th session

7th Session: 21st Century Britishness

In that session we did a quiz about British culture. Questions like these:

- The number of languages spoken in London schools is...

a) 100
b) 200
c) 300

Answer: c

- What decade marks the earliest recorded presence of ethnic minority communities living in Britain?

a)1150s
b)1750s
c)1950s

Answer: a

- The total "Black" British population is...

a)1.200.000
b) 3.200.000
c) 15.750.000

Answer: a

After that we talked about a picture from the book "The HOW TO BE BRITISH" collection. This book is full of funny pictures about British Culture like these:







The last activity was to guess what some British euphemisms meant. Here you have some of them:

- I'm afraid Mrs. Wild passed away last night (he dead).
- In the middle of the exam I had to answer the call of nature (he had to go to the toilet).