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~~Stages of a Grammar Presentation When presenting new language or structure it is important to remember that for some learners it will be a necessary review while for others it is an introduction to a new language point. Language presentation has a number of stages: 1. Lead-in – put the language into a recognisable context so the teacher can bring out the meaning or learners can see the meaning without a lengthy verbal explanation 2. Elicitation – Increases the opportunity for STT (student talk time), keeps learners engaged, focussed & finds out what they already know 3. Explanation/Cl

Learning to Read Begins in Infancy Reading fluency is a crucial ingredient of reading comprehension. Research has suggested that elementary students who are not reading within certain parameters of reading speed, accuracy, and expression, experience compromised understanding of what it is they are reading. In order to fully understand how students learn reading fluency, we need to take a look at how infants began to acquire speech. When parents are talking to their infant, the child looks at their faces, and listens to their voices, and then, at a certain stage of development, begins to mimic

Work smarter, not harder! How, you ask, with all of the added demands and expectations of differentiation that the educational world is now placing upon teachers? In this article, I offer one simple solution to help educators work smarter with the time that they have: open-ended question asking. Open-ended questions The open-ended question format is a natural answer for how to differentiate in the classroom! Instead of giving students the question all the time, give th

This is the second and last article in this series. Here, I will explain what I mean about each goal. Your first task is to examine your skills in relation to these goals and decide which need to be addressed first, i.e. which skills need the most development. If you have a teaching mentor or teaching 'buddy', they may be able to help you prioritise these goals. You must have a written list of goals which are in a place where you see them often.

A med­ical doc­tor from the pre­vi­ous cen­tury would not rec­og­nize the tech­nol­ogy in today's hos­pi­tal; a col­lege pro­fes­sor from that era would see vir­tu­ally no change in the tools of edu­ca­tion. But with the ram­pant tech­no­log­i­cal break; we would soon be wit­ness to tech­nol­ogy being lever­aged for opti­mal yield for ease of edu­ca­tion.

There is an effective process for pursuing quality or continuous improvement in any school. This description of the path to quality is based upon the author's fifty years of direct involvement and observation in public education. Here are the steps in the path: