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beyondthedarkroom:

București #17 by Thomas Leuthard on Flickr.
Love this one for the starting point for creative writing. What’s this man’s story?

beyondthedarkroom:

București #17 by Thomas Leuthard on Flickr.

Love this one for the starting point for creative writing. What’s this man’s story?

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photoprompts:

Love this one for collaborative creative writing, with each learner in a group of three being one of the “characters” and negotiating the story to be told.
Photoprompts is a superb source of such things.

photoprompts:

Love this one for collaborative creative writing, with each learner in a group of three being one of the “characters” and negotiating the story to be told.

Photoprompts is a superb source of such things.

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writingprompts:

Caroline, who is just about to finish sixth grade, looked through all the writing prompts and picked out her favorite fifteen. I was super impressed with the list and asked her permission to share it. So what follows are Caroline’s favorite fifteen prompts, in no particular order. Most of the…

More terrific ideas for writing from an excellent source.

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Technology: a question of attitude

This comes from an online course for Spanish teachers that I tutor on. One of my trainees said “I’m from another planet when it comes to technology”.

I replied:

Yo también soy de otra planeta: Inglaterra . Pero he vivido más de 30 años en España, y muy a gusto, por una sencilla razón: nunca he cuestionado nada, siempre he acceptado todo, jamás he pensado “En Inglaterra eso se hace de otra manera mejor…”

Y a l@s que tenemos que vivir ahora en otra planeta, la planeta digital, que es aquí y ahora (o sea, cada uno de nosotros), nos conviene adoptar una actitud similar: acceptarlo y hacer lo posible para que no nos tomen de guiris, no para que nos accepten a nosotr@s, sino para que nosotr@s adoptemos su manera de vivir.

Pero, por nuestro bien, no deambulemos por sus calles pensando “soy guiri” . No sé si me explico…

A guiri is a pejorative word for a foreigner in Spain. Classroom technology is a question of attitude, not knowledge.

Or not?

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writingprompts:

"The web is evolving from a place to find things, into a place to do things"

writingprompts:

"The web is evolving from a place to find things, into a place to do things"

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A writing task, to be done in pairs…

Tell this story (and/or Describe exactly what goes through his mind).

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What is a great teacher?

The amazing Larry Ferlazzo pointed me to this: what it means to be great teacher, described in no more than 6 words (!).

Guess you could have a list of six adjectives, or six qualities…

Mine would be “Glad you are there with them”, because if you don’t actually want to be there with your students, you’re a non-starter: no one will want to be there with you.

On any given day, every day, like, really like, being there with your learners, whoever they are, in whatever circumstances.

Thoughts?

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What is rapport?

On his excellent A-Z of ELT, Scott Thornbury has an interesting post on rapport, in which he quotes Jim Scrivener as saying “whereas rapport is clearly important, it is also notoriously difficult to define or quantify”.

To me, rapport has always been a question not of whether your students like you, but whether or not you like them.

Do you actually like being in the classroom with them, however difficult they can sometimes be?

Do you see getting them to do things that lead to learning as constantly being an enjoyable challenge, no matter what the circumstances?

If that’s not the case, your students will never enjoy being with you. If that’s not the case, rapport is impossible.

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