Posted on April 15, 2016 by ritasimsan
Via Twitter, Facebook, and Skype, Act 2 Educational Consultants LLC asked experienced teachers around the world what they would advise new teachers to include on their weekly to-do list. This certainly wasn’t meant to give those new teachers more work, but was meant rather to help lighten their loads and increase their effectiveness as educators by borrowing from the valuable experiences of their senior, global colleagues.
We are fortunate to have received twenty-five responses so far, and the poll is still open for others to add their thoughts. The suggestions deal with academics as well as with relationship building and avoiding teacher burnout.
I am happy to pass these suggestions on to you in hopes that you will share them with your colleagues, both new and seasoned. These suggestions can benefit all teachers, and, in turn, their administrators, and their students.
Do you have an idea that has helped you be more successful in the classroom?
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Posted on March 31, 2016 by ritasimsan
Black Holes Part 1 Black Holes Part 2
(To run this presentation, you will need PowerPoint as well as Poll Everywhere, which has a free version, installed on your device. (This does not play, however, on PCs. I am currently trying to figure that out!)
This is an interactive listening activity for intermediate to high-level English language learners who are interested in learning more about science and black holes and who appreciate the opportunity to listen to native English speakers talking at their normal pace. This two-part lesson utilizes the YouTube video, Black Holes for Beginners by Gleanix, which I edited into segments, each with a follow-up question based on the content of that segment. The free version of Poll Everywhere is used as the medium for student interaction and assessment.
An ESL Listening Activity: Black Holes can be used in the face-to-face or blended classroom as well as online. Students may be polled anonymously in a group or individually to get an overview of their understanding of the material presented. Students are able to respond to the questions on their cell phones, tablets, or computers, and they can see the group’s responses immediately for further discussion.
Because of my familiarity with PowerPoint for Windows and my new Mac, I chose PowerPoint for Mac as my lesson’s platform, which also requires the use of PowerPoint Presenter App for Mac, a free download. I understand that the apps I have used lend themselves equally well to Keynote although I have not experimented with that program yet since I am a new Mac user.
This lesson is divided into two parts only because of file size. It is meant to be covered in one class period.
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Posted on December 18, 2014 by ritasimsan
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Posted on March 2, 2014 by ritasimsan
Frozen just won the Academy Awards for the best animated film of the year and the best song! Woohoo! Congratulations!
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Posted on July 21, 2013 by ritasimsan
Though this rubric is written for a level six adult ESL class, it can easily be revised for other levels or subjects. There have been a lot of hits on this post, and I hope some of you are using or planning to use the rubric for your classes. Have you modified it? Would you share your ideas and modifications with me?
Web 2.0 for ESL
It is not uncommon for me to use rubrics to evaluate student projects. But, as we’ve become increasingly concerned about our environment and our budgets, I’ve made every effort to run my class paperlessly by using technology. Putting more online has also helped me and the students stay better organized and on task. So, it was time to update my rubrics from paper to digital.
I was looking for an online rubric template which would eliminate paper, total scores, allow for easy modifications, and provide me with a duplicate of the individual rubric given to each student. What I found was right in front of me on Blackboard, the course management system used by my college. In addition to all of the above, Blackboard automatically sends a copy of the rubric score into the grade book, and even has space for individual feedback.
My plan is to use the rubric to evaluate the students’ weekly performance. I…
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Posted on July 14, 2012 by ritasimsan
This self-assessment on Blackboard should take each student no longer than five minutes each week. By recognizing the weekly “energy” they put into their learning, students should begin to see a correlation between this “energy” and their weekly academic achievement.
1. True or False I attended class each day this week.
2. True or False I was in class from (8:00-8:55) each day without arriving late, leaving early, or leaving class to answer a phone call or use the washroom.
3. True or False I completed all assigned work for this class.
4. True or False I spoke English, watched American television, or worked on the computer in English a minimum of three times this week for at least 30 minutes each time.
5. True or False I studied English with a “study buddy” at least once this week.
6. True or False I got _____ out of _____ points ____ on this week’s quiz.
We’ll see if helping the students stay on target each week helps them reach their language goal a little faster and recognize more aptly the power they have over their own learning.
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