Monday, May 6, 2013

What's your philosophy of education? I've got more than four points. (part 2)

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The difficulty comes when i find out the current goals instead of the long term goals.

At some schools  where I've worked, the policies are convenient to the administration and the studernt is expected to adapt to the situation.

Students ask me, "Why can't i get what i want?  Why does the school offer only one way to do [this] or [that]" and I make the mistake of asking the student to look at the situation from the school's point of view and then the discussion expands and I usually ask the student to think outside the box.   "What are your options?"   That's a question that many school administrators don't want students to explore.

5.  I also arrange to meet the students after school sometime during the week, i make it optional, i try not to force the idea and I try not to exclude anyone.  

6. I also try to go on an afternoon or evening trip... $40 limosouine tour of miami beach.   oh?     why not rent a van and go together?

it's often a long night but memorable.

i say, "Why should we end at 4 hours?   after the obligatory tour of 6-10 pm, i'm off the clock but I'm happy to see that the student has good memories.   We often return after 1 a.m.

I take a longer view than some school administrators take.   Tom Peters says "one size fits all?   One size fits one or often few or none"
The policy at some schools is to keep teachers separate from students.  "Teachers deliver a lesson and then leave the school."  When the school stops paying, at the end of the class, the teacher is expected to leave the building.


Those are some of the procedures that I use.   

7.  The student sis the center of my classroom.  I use the CELTA technique of arranging the room so that the students see each other's faces when talking and every moment as an opportunity to practice speaking and listening.  

8. teachers speak less than 20% of the time and students are engaged -- well, they are invited to be engaged in a range of activities.

9.  The aim is to build a portfolio of experiences and a record of examples of students' work.  The portfolio shows the students what they have learned.

10.  There is a balance between (a) evidence of actual work (that is real work) and (b) getting "something" flashy produced and physically in the hand of the students within two weeks (such as an audio CD or DVD or some videos) which is like a yearbook
The "flashy" or techie item might never be looked at, but it is a sense that "I did that" and the student carries something -- perhaps a memory -- of a procedure that had real change in the brain, even if the vocabulary is forgotten.

11.  Students remember how they were treated long after they have forgotten what was actually taught or presented or practiced or produced or discussed in class.

12.  very few worksheets = "shut up" sheets
very little busy work

13.  Some students have a mindset that they want to study grammar and i'm happy to give them what they want.   I know that the level of each student is different, each has different holes, so I ask them to participate in the swiss cheese approach.  find the holes and plug them.

14.  my philosophy is one student at a time
treat all the student the same differently
(give every student some amount of attention, but the type of attention will be adapted to the expressed or anticipated needs of the person)
find their goals
build individual personal learning plans

15.  Use numbers in lists so that people can discuss the point in class "I want to talk about point number 4" and everyone in the room knows what part of the board to look at.  

16.  use dennis littky techniques

My technique is "open the book somewhere and use that quote to stimulate a discussion in class."

Here's an example of some Internet materials that might be introduced in class.

Search Results

  1. CNN Student News -

  2. National and world news with background material, activities, discussion starters and teaching guides. USA.

  3. CNN Student News/Quick
    CNN Student News/Quick Guides & Transcripts. FOLLOW THIS ...

  4. Student News A to Z with Carl
    The weblog of CNN Student News.

  5. CNN Student News (video)
    CNN Student News utilizes CNN's worldwide resources to bring 

  6. CNN iReport
    Welcome to the CNN Student News iReport assignment group 
  7. Daily Discussion
    CNN Student News/Daily Discussion & Newsquiz ...

  8. April 16, 2013
    CNN Student News Transcript - April 16, 2013. updated 7:13 ...
  9. More results from »

  10. iTunes - Podcasts - CNN Student News (video) by CNN
  11. Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes for free from CNN Student News (video) by CNN on the iTunes Store.
  12. Carl Azuz - CNN Student News Official | Facebook

  13. Carl Azuz - CNN Student News Official. 89866 likes · 715 talking about this.

  14. CNN Student News | Facebook

  15. CNN Student News (CNNStudentNews) on Twitter

  16. CNN Student News - 2/15/13 - YouTube
  17. Friday's edition of CNN Student News covers everything from a damaged cruise ship to an asteroid passing ...

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