After class June 4
During class, we covered Units 31, Interaction Patterns, and discussed their possible applications in different learning activities. For those who could not come to class, we worked on page 186 in your anthology. The answers are already on the page, so please cover the answers so you can test your knowledge.
We also discussed the qualities of a good teacher and how teachers should reflect upon their teaching in order to grow. Please write a paragraph about your process and how you can reflect and grow by observing your teaching practice and bring it in printed (double-spaced to leave room for correction) next week…we will be using it in class.
Finally, Review Unit 30, and 31 and do the exercises at the end of each unit. Know and be able to use the glossary terms from each unit. Please read ahead Unit 32 so we can use the terminology in our next class activities.
After class May 14
During class we covered Unit 27, learners’ language and functions. We worked in the Anthology on page 183 and we identified the functions of learners’ and teachers’ language on page 184. Please do these exercises and finish up the exercises at the end of these units. We also saw quite a few videos that give helpful ideas for working with large groups.
Classroom management for large classes by the University of Oregon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqvBjvbsUxs&index=7&list=PL47A04D9EECA3E792
After class April 30
1. Read this article as a synopsis of the book Tools for Teaching by Dr. Fred Jones, often coined the King of Classroom Management, on how educators can use body language, calmness, and silence to reduce back talking and other attitude interruptions. Remember that discipline management has to happen before academics can be learned. (If you cannot open the article, Google it with the key words: Fred Jones and backtalk.)
While you read, think about the word discipline. What is its true definition? Who has or exercises discipline? Why would there be breaches of discipline? What does a supportive learning environment consist of?
2. Assignment: On your blog you will address these questions as you talk about a time you saw a student back talking in the classroom. What did the teacher do? What did the other students do? What could have happened? Write about your experience and how it could have been avoided on your blog.
3. Read three other people’s stories and comment on their experiences.
4. Next week we will not have class, but in two weeks on May 14, in class we will be working with Units 28, and 29 if you would like to get ahead with your reading, and exercises.
After class April 23
With this class, we have begun to look at how teachers talk in the classroom. Teacher-talk covers a variety of situations and solves or creates problems. Please read the blog post that Edna Sackson from Australia wrote on her blog, which is accessible on the blogpost “Would you like to be in your classroom?”