July 2012 Blog Posts (29)

Looking for a class to partner with for our study of culture

I'm currently working at a small primary school in Geelong, Victoria, Australia and we are looking to partner up with another school in another country. We are a grade 5 and 6 class upper primary (aged 11 and 12). We want to compare our lifestyle to other children. Would there be anyone interested in doing something like that? We'd like to do this in a few weeks time if possible.

We could use an online wiki space to  do the project but we could work out the specifics later…

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Added by Craig Cummings on July 30, 2012 at 10:36pm — 2 Comments

Kickboard Launches Webinar Series Featuring Presenters From Achievement First, Democracy Prep & KIPP

Kickboard, a holistic student data tracking platform that goes beyond the gradebook and enables teachers to collect, analyze and share mission-critical data, announced today that it is launching an exclusive, free webinar series, “Igniting a Gradebook Revolution,” beginning August 8th. Registrations are currently being accepted for the first two sessions in the series: Setting the Right Expectations and Analyzing the Right Data to Create…

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Added by Crystal T on July 30, 2012 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Frederic Gaspoz : The Teaching Assistant Program in France

Teach English in France! Are you ready to expand your cultural horizons and share your language and culture with French students? The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, nearly 1,500 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the…

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Added by Frederic Gaspoz on July 30, 2012 at 12:39am — No Comments

Create Research Citations with the Citation Wizard

Supers simple method of creating bibliographies and works cited citations.  Create MLA and APA style citations.

Added by Brian Weir on July 23, 2012 at 3:44pm — No Comments

A TEACHING TECHNIQUE—ATTITUDE

The first day in my class this is what I said to my students.

You are very lucky. Just by luck you have landed in the classroom of the best teacher in the school! I am so smart that intelligence is all over my body. As I walk around the classroom some of that intelligence will break off, float in the air and land on YOU.

It is impossible for you to sit in my classroom for 180 days and not learn anything. Try it if you want, it will not work. You will learn, I am too good, you…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Paradigm- the key to successful teaching

What is it? By definition  “an example serving as a model; pattern”

Every teacher has one; but most teachers don’t realize what their paradigm is.

Your paradigm determines how well you do every little teaching task that you do.

But first let me give you some examples.

Here are some examples of teacher paradigms.

 

“My job is to present the lesson. It’s up to the student to learn the lesson.”

 

“I got mine, you get…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Puppets?

I am a former teacher in the Memphis City school system. I have an experience I would like

to share. You decide if you can use the concepts.

 

I had a second job at a neighborhood community center at night.

Color Video cameras had just come on the market. I bought one to use in my teaching effort. I found some unusually

cool hand puppets on sale and I bought them. I got this great Idea.

 

At my community center job I used an overturned table,…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:28pm — No Comments

TEACH LIFE LESSONS – LESSON 3

I asked my students this question when I taught at Atlanta are Technical Institute.

The answers I received were $10.00 an hour, $15.00 and hour and $18.00 an hour.

The answers were all about how much wage that was going to be earned.

 

My reply to my class was this.

 

Item 1: A good job with respect to wage involves the letter K that is regarding salary.

Not an hourly wage but rather a yearly wage. 50k, 60k, 90k, meaning $50,000.00 a year or …

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Teach Life Lessons

If your classes are 55 minutes as were mine when I taught, I suggest you use the last 5 minutes to teach Life Lessons. I know you are evaluated on state or national test score results, but our kids need more. (I often wonder what was Bernard Madoff's (he stole millions from his friends)  test score or Marshall Applewhite’s ( Heaven’s Gate Suicide cult leader) test score.

 

I would like to suggest that you start with “HOW TO THINK”. This really needs to be a class itself.…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Teach Life Lessons-Dress for SUCCESS

If your classes are 55 minutes as were mine when I taught, I suggest you use the last 5 minutes to teach Life Lessons. I know you are evaluated on state or national test score results, but our kids need more. (I often wonder what was Bernard Madoff's (he stole millions from his friends)  test score or Marshall Applewhite’s ( Heaven’s Gate Suicide cult leader) test score.

 

I would like to suggest that you teach “Dress for Success”

 

Students since the…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Teach Life Lessons-Favorite Book, Favorite Author

If your classes are 55 minutes as were mine when I taught, I suggest you use the last 5 minutes to teach Life Lessons. I know you are evaluated on state or national test score results, but our kids need more. (I often wonder what was Bernard Madoff's (he stole millions from his friends)  test score or Marshall Applewhite’s ( Heaven’s Gate Suicide cult leader) test score.

 

I would like to suggest that you teach “Favorite Book, Favorite Author”

 

I just…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Teach Life Lessons-ROI return on Investment

If your classes are 55 minutes as were mine when I taught, I suggest you use the last 5 minutes to teach Life Lessons. I know you are evaluated on state or national test score results, but our kids need more. (I often wonder what was Bernard Madoff's (he stole millions from his friends)  test score or Marshall Applewhite’s ( Heaven’s Gate Suicide cult leader) test score.

 

I would like to suggest that you teach ROI

ROI is an economic term. Economics, of course is…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Teach Life Lessons-The Resume

If your classes are 55 minutes as were mine when I taught, I suggest you use the last 5 minutes to teach Life Lessons. I know you are evaluated on state or national test score results, but our kids need more. (I often wonder what was Bernard Madoff's (he stole millions from his friends)  test score or Marshall Applewhite’s ( Heaven’s Gate Suicide cult leader) test score.

 

I would like to suggest that you teach “the resume”

 

One would think that maybe…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:23pm — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE-Student Survey Sheet

I took an assignment teaching HTML and Web Site design at a local technical college. The classes were going well but something inspired me to try this concept.

 

I created a questionnaire. The questions were judiciously created. I had questions on the list in which I was not really interested, such as; what is your favorite color?’ what is your favorite season of the year?

Also there were questions on the survey instrument whose answers I had planned to use as teaching…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:22pm — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE – THE VISITOR

TEACHING TECHNIQUE  – THE VISITOR

 

All the techniques will not work for all classes. But some are really worth trying. This one really worked for me. I think it worked because it made the students realize

I REALLY CARED

 

Here it is. I informed my students that I was taking classes every night (and in the summer) working on my doctorate degree. I explained to them that had  I spoken positively about them in each of my classes because I was really proud of…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:21pm — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE---STOP THE TAPE

Early in my teaching career there was only 16mm film. The Memphis City Schools Board of Education published a film catalog listing hundreds of film available for teachers to show in their classrooms. The usual procedure for the teachers that worked in the school with me was order a film, get a student to put in on and monitor it and then go to the teacher’s lounge.

Of course no teacher does that today.

When I order a film I would always stop the projector and exclaim, “Did you…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:20pm — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE –THE CECIL B. DEMILLE approach

In case you are too young to know, Cecil B. Demille was a Legendary Movie director who is known for the most exciting productions in movies. (This was before CGI, special computer effects).

 

This technique works best if you have a digital camera or a video camera. (You can now buy one that’s adequate for under $100.00). However, that is not a requirement.

 

My ninth grade Biology, and Science Classes put on Presentations. These presentations were on OPEN HOUSE…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Teaching Technique-What did you learn in school today?

There was a time Parents would ask their student offspring, “What did you learn in school today”.

Do you know what the reply was then? Do you know what the reply would be today?

You got it; the reply would be “Nothing”

 

TEACHERS, that’s our fault.

We are involved in the lecture method of teaching. It’s the least effective technique. That’s just one problem. But we won’t focus on problems.

Here is the solution.

This is the Action…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Teaching Techniques-Coach

This will not work for everybody. But it worked for a dear friend of mine. Let us just call him Bob. Bob was the only Caucasian in an all Black school. He was also the only male.

He was 5’6” and weighed 130 pounds. He explained to me that the female teachers in the school were excellent teachers and they were demanding and hard on the students. He said they were ideal mother figures and ruled with an iron hand. He explained that he was reluctant to use any of the techniques the ladies…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Teaching Technique -Make Learning FUN using Technology

Teaching Technique -Make Learning FUN using Technology

 

First let me say I have encountered many teachers who think

that teachers should NOT try to make learning fun, they believe that learning is and should be laborious. They believe you have to “burn the midnight oil” and you experience PAIN to learn. They say “NO PAIN NO GAIN”.

 Let us agree to disagree. I made the Deans list in college and enjoyed every minute. I am excited about…

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Added by william Lambert on July 15, 2012 at 5:14pm — No Comments

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