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(no subject) [Dec. 3rd, 2009|09:12 pm]

[Current Location |moscow]

WANTED! We are looking for an English teacher for a school of English. Adequate salary, friendly environment. Perfect location in the center of Moscow. +7-916-615-13-73
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New Teacher Discussion Community [Mar. 1st, 2009|02:21 am]
Teacher's Nook: http://www.teachersnook.net

Come and help us make the community grow. It's also a way to get additional support and feedback from your colleagues. (You can NEVER have enough of that! Can you?)
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Survey: Please help me with my action research project! :) [Jan. 29th, 2009|01:47 am]


My name is Lily and I am currently going to NYU for grad school in educational theater (all grades) and secondary English.  I am currently doing an action research project on dramatic activities in the content classroom.  I have created a survey just for teachers.  It would mean so much to me if you guys could fill it out.  It would help me sooooooo much!

Thanks so much in advance.  This is the URL - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=8D_2fKBNc9HIqM_2fVZeH6jQrg_3d_3d

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Request for Kinesthetic Poetry Activities [Jan. 25th, 2009|12:32 pm]
I have haiku clapping, simile clapping, poetry slam, a webquest, a scavenger hunt. What else do you do (especially where the kids are mostly kinesthetic learners?) Thanks.

Middle school (7th and 8th) inclusion classes

x-posted in a few teacher communities
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(no subject) [Oct. 9th, 2008|05:40 pm]
so i have a new student and he's new to the country and does not know any enlgish. he's in the middle years 6-8.

let me clarify, he can say the alphabet and name a few objects and that's about it.

where do i start with him?

sounds? phoneme work? alphabet books? or making alphabet books?

do i read books aloud to him? I know dual language books would be helpful, but how can he respond to it if he doesn't know the words to use?
seems like a catch 22 to me.
use read aloud books on a tape casseettte?

but how do i get him started on writing? he wants to write, but when given the chance writes very little.
doesn't like copying things either.
how to learn how to read and write and communicate in awhole new language.

I've given his teacher some scribed work for him to work on like a journal.. with a very simple format and then some books for him to make.. but that's about it.

i know that i can't teach language seperately and that it has to be in context.

thankfully, i have a dual language dictionary.. it will come in usueful.. somewhat anywyas.

i just need to get organized and have a good flow / program
days for writing
days for reading
and days for oral communication
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assessment [Aug. 25th, 2008|03:45 pm]
Hi, I just got an ESL position which is English as a Second language.
I've never taught it and i don't know what to do on the first day. although i do have the qualification for it. i've mostly been in special education classes. and i think its easier than i think it is but i'm making it hard for myself by thinking about it.

*** I have to make up my own schedule and schedule it around the other grade 6,7, and 8 teachers. any suggestions? i know this is usually a leadership role..but i'm not quite sure how to start this year off. any suggestions for programing for esl? any suggestions for assessments for the beginning of the year? i don't even know how to use our esl program that updates students..
what should i be looking for in their osr's? ontario student records? or files? any other thoughts or ideas would be welcomed and very much appreciated.

I'm pulling my hair out. i don't know how to start the first day or what to do on the first day. or what classes i will be seeing. i have to organize all this myself. i'll be in the school this thursday but wont have any access to student information or anything b/c i'm not set up yet.
I will not be in a classroom. I will probably pull the kids out.. what do i do? do you team teach?

***my principle has asked me to make up a letter for the parents and i don't know what to write in this letter.. i don't know if its a welcome letter.. or an introductory letter about my program or what to expect as a new student to the school or the country. or if it should be about community resources..and such. any suggestions?

***my principle also asked me if i would feel comfortable presenting to the staff as it is a mix of new and old teachers and many don't know anything about teach english language learners.. ell or esl its all quite the same and quite different.. but whatever. any ideas or resources that i could refer to?
how would you create an interesting or interactive seminar for your peers? any advice for a new teacher?

i know i would probably be responsible for programing for language arts and then making modifications or accomodations for the others subjects such as science, math and social studies. any ideas or resources would be great.
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This amazing film is eerily accurate. [Jun. 10th, 2008|03:11 pm]

If you're a teacher, you should see the film Chalk. If you're a student, you should DEFINITELY see the film Chalk. Presented by Morgan Spurlock (the guy who did Super Size Me), this film is like The Office, but in a school setting. I know a couple teachers and while I have no idea what teaching is like, a friend of mine who teaches science told me it's not far from the truth. Which is scary, because this is a mockumentary.

Anyway, I thought y'all might like it. Enjoy!


X-posted... everywhere? :)
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Building a Bridge from the Content to the Kid (cross posted) [Apr. 3rd, 2008|11:00 am]

Hi, folks. As some of you know, I'm an educational media scriptwriter. My scripts are geared mostly towards middle school kids.

One of the fundamental challenges is making the content relevant. For instance, instead of just teaching that Earth is tilted on its axis at 23.5 degrees, you can actually get kids thinking about why and how that tilt causes seasons, and what Earth's climate would be like with no tilt, or with a greater tilt, and this effort to spell out content relevance boosts the chance for interest/engagement/motivation.

I'm wanting to develop this kernel--building the bridge from the content to the kid--into a presentation I'm giving in May, and have come here hat in hand to ask for examples, anecdotes, best practices, minor disasters, etc.

What's worked? What's spectacularly sunk? All subject areas welcome.

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Seeking 8th Grade Theme Activities [Feb. 26th, 2008|04:24 pm]
[mood |curiouscurious]

I have to teach a two week unit on theme in a school where the kids have no books. Can anyone recommend any resources on theme that are 8th grade appropriate?

These children are Below Basic readers but rigor is important so not TOO easy.

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How has computer technology changed students and/or teachers? [Feb. 24th, 2008|08:38 pm]
[mood |curiouscurious]

 I am collecting informal information for an ethnography centered on the implications of technology in and outside the classroom.  I would truly appreciate a veteran's view or a new teacher's view on this topic.  I am working towards licensure in secondary education to teach middle school English, so this subject is very relevent to me.  As an older student (30) with a teenage daughter of my own, I also have a compelling need to understand what everyone is doing on the computer and why?  If you have time to answer a few open-ended questions or would like to share anything about your personal experiences, I would be most appreciative. 

How often do you use compters in the classroom?  And for what purpose?  I would love to hear of ways you may have successfully (or unsuccesssfully) incorporated technological innovations into your classroom or a lesson plan.

How often are computers needed to complete the homework you assign?

Do you think the increased recreational use of computers has affected your students in a positive or negative way, or both?

Do you think your students have become better writers and/or communicators, because of the increased use of the written word via bloggs, IMs, email, role-play, ect.? 

If you have been teaching long enough to remember how things were before the internet explosion, what do you think of the changes?  Both positives and/or negatives?

I would appreciate a little background such as what age you teach, what subject and how long you have been teaching as well as any additional information that you feel comfortable sharing.

What role does the computer (and all it's various uses) play in your non-teaching life?  What do you use it for?  
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