вторник, 9 февраля 2016 г.

Attention!Attention! Attention!

 Attention!Attention! Attention!
The competition The Teacher of the Year is almost over. Today we are having the last and the most important day of it.
Everybody knows that only seven days were needed to create the Earth.
And how many days were needed to get new experience in the contest for teachers???

The history started here…
Day 1
-Teaching Knowledge Test (teaching, psychology, pedagogy)
- Master-class
Computer test
I Know  - I Want  to know – I want to Learn

Comments: How many bright and creative teachers are here!!!
Action plan #1: Try to implement the ideas from Master-class into my teaching practice.

Day 2
 40 minutes of enjoyable teaching experience in  
11-A and 11-B forms
 Magic moments filled with thanks.

·        I am proud of the young generation we have.
·        The most important is not what we think about ourselves, but what our learners think of us.
·        I hope this video will give some hints to teachers of what learners expect from us and show the way we have to be for further cooperative work together.
·         What makes a good teacher???

Action plan #2: Suggest the topic “The History Lessons: Outstanding Historical Figures” for discussion in the international videoconference we are going to have soon in our school.
Day 3
-IT (blogging)
-Educational Project
-I am a  creative person

  To be filled in later
(after the contest is over)

Comments: I guess it will be a long day…Much work has to be done.
Speaking about my feelings and emotions… I am happy to have met so many new friends here, I feel grateful for new experience I’ve got.
 Bearing in mind all the mentioned events, thinking about things I saw, I felt and I heard, I am happy to share some tips of how to feel comfortable in spite of being overloaded with information, emotions and tasks during the contest The Teacher of the Year.

Goals : Continuing Professional Development

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Magic moments filled with "thanks"

Magic moments filled with “thanks”
Dear all,

This is the last day of our competition today and it’s high time to thank everybody for the memories we have been sharing. For the progress we have made, the fun and improvement, even for the sleepless nights before the lesson and the project presentation.   
First of all, many thanks to the members of jury for being tolerant, patient and supportive.
Moreover, I am happy to have met the participants of the competition with whom I am sure we will keep in touch. Thank you for sharing your ideas, nice discussion we managed to have during our short breaks.
Besides, I really appreciate the welcome of the teachers from  Kherson Classic School #6. I’ll never forget the moments we met, the lesson I’ve chosen, your gentle support and the best learners I’ve ever had.

My special thanks to young ladies and gentlemen from 11-A and 11-B forms for being bright and tolerant, creative, wise and responsible. The topic we discussed
“ The Lessons of History: The Outstanding People in the History”,   your thoughts and ideas  were the  brightest  evidence   that  you are the future of our nation and you are not scared of taking responsibility for what you do and  the way you do.    

I can’t erase the memory of these magic moments filled with thanks.

суббота, 6 февраля 2016 г.

Друга робоча зустріч для тренерів проекту "Вчителі англійської мови-агенти змін"

Британська Рада в Україні разом з громадською ініціативою GoGlobal у рамках національної кампанії «Україна Speaking» здійснюють  проект «Вчителі англійської мови - агенти змін».
У рамках вищезазначеного проекту Британська Рада проводить дводенний тренінг для тренерів з 13 по 14 лютого 2016 року у м. Київ.
Мета зустрічі:
Інформування та ознайомлення із матеріалами для тренінгу вчителів, які братимуть участь у проекті «Вчителі англійської мови – агенти змін».

Навчання толерантності

04.02.2016   у нашій гімназії був проведений семінар-практикум на тему " Навчання толерантності шляхом участі учнів у міжнародних відео конференціях з англійської мови" .

Учасники семінару мали змогу ознайомитися з інформацією про проведення учнівських міжнародних відеоконференцій як одного із найефективніших засобів для розвитку мовних вмінь та навичок учнів,дружніх взаємовідносин між однолітками з інших країн та запобігання насилля та проявів нетерпимості до інших людей.

Під час роботи семінару учасникам була запропонована  до перегляду казка"Forgotten Toys" у виконанні дитячого зразкового театру "Арт-ідея".Основна ідея казки-виховання  людяності та поваги до інших людей.Без сумніву,толерантності треба навчати змалечку.

четверг, 14 января 2016 г.

Clear and measurable instructions

Instructions a teacher usually gives to her learners have to be clear and measurable. Psychologists say a teacher has to check the understanding of the instructions given no less than three times. This way learners will understand clearly what they have to do and the way they have to work to complete the task.

Here is the example of how to make instructions clearer and easier to understand.

1.     Can you inform your partner of your thoughts on the subject matter in number 2.

2.     In order to ascertain the meaning, you are required use the contextual clues within the passage of prose.

1. Read the passage of prose to get the main idea of it.

Comments: reading for gist will give the learner an opportunity to get the main idea of the things he will have to speak about in a little while)

2. Circle the words which are new for you. Try to guess their meaning from the context.

Comments: seeing new vocabulary and the amount of it the learner may either consult a dictionary to clear the meaning or guess if from the context

3. Divide the passage into small meaningful sections.

Comments: when presenting own thoughts about subject matter the speaker may have a kind of layout to support him

 4. Underline/point on the key words which you can use to speak about the idea of each section and then the whole text.

Comments: having key words makes it easier to make up sentences when retelling some facts/telling the main things

5. Give your partner the key words and let him predict what the text can be about.

Comments: This work should be done to involve the partner into the learning process the way he is an active participant but not only a passive listener of the thoughts shared.

6. Let your partner ask you general questions to get the main idea of the passage

Comments: the partner will have a clue of what the passage is about and this way he will be ready to accept the speech actively

7. Share your thoughts of the passage

 Comments: before that the partner is provided with Likert scale: “strongly disagree-disagree-agree-strongly agree”; the aim is to develop active listening skills which will lead to further discussion of the subject matter presented by one of the partners)




понедельник, 11 января 2016 г.

Teaching aids in ELL classroom


1. Learners need to develop listening skills, but are very nervous about listening to tapes.

The fact is that there are not so many auditory students and so the problem of how to adapt audio files to support all the learning styles is obvious. Giving learners a video, that is audio supported by visual aid, will make learners feel much more comfortable with listening .If they don’t understand everything from audio they have a nice opportunity to guess what it was about and then, compare the resuts.The video should be introduced with   pre-, while- and post-watching activities to help learners improve listening skills through skills integration.

2. The textbook mainly uses texts to present new language. The layout is not very attractive.

It’s always possible to use:

·        different flash cards (with young learners) as they may have either words or pictures, or both variants are possible;

·        graphic organizers(charts and diagrams) to systematize the vocabulary;

·        visual aids (video) or realia let learners understand the vocabulary much better because they may have a picture of a real thing in their mind.

New vocabulary should be understandable for learners bearing in mind their age peculiarities. So, it’s up to the teacher which of the mentioned aids should be used. No doubt, that the more colourful and realistic the vocabulary seems to learners the better they will understand and remember it.


3. Teacher would like an interesting way of teaching vocabulary such as shiny, glossy, gleaming, sparking etc, which didn't rely on dictionaries.

In my opinion OHP, a computer or a video will help learners understand the words even without translation. For example, to demonstrate the meaning of the words  it’s possible to show the Universe with billions of stars(“sparkling”), the sunrays(“shiny”), the surface of the river under the moonlight (“glossy”)and a poet who attracts people’s attention by his( ‘gleaming” )poems.


4. Teacher wants to introduce stories to young learners involving fairy-tale characters.

The best way to introduce stories is with the help of puppets. This can help young learners get acquainted with the story characters, have everybody ‘involved’ in the tale presented. All learning styles will be supported here .Puppets can motivate mix-ability learners to have an active speaking practice.  


5. Teacher wants to summarize the main points of the lesson at the end of each class, highlighting points in different colours.

 The best way to do this is using a whiteboard or a computer. Having coloured chalks at the lesson either learners or teacher may highlight the key points of their cooperative work in class. This way visual and kinaesthetic learners will be supported. Having a multicoloured survey template in computer learners may mark things they liked/disliked using coloured scale (eg.black-white-yellow-red) where each colour will have different meaning (agree/strongly agree/disagree/strongly disagree). For summarizing   different graphic organizers(scales, charts) can be used as well.


6. Teacher wants to encourage learners to use dictionaries to help them with pronunciation.

Working with dictionaries learners will feel responsibility for the results of their individual work.  Printed dictionaries almost always have the same structure and not everybody can understand the signs of transcription. That is why on-line dictionaries will really help learners master their pronunciation and will let learners see the visual support, that is a picture, of the word pronounced. It’s always possible to find online dictionaries for different age groups of learners. If there is no Internet access at school a teacher may always download an e-dictionary to CD/computer and let learners work with it.

7. Teacher wants to encourage learners to study outside class.

It’s always possible to make learners study the subject if they are really interested in it and if they understand its practical application.

Computer+learners+teachers may become a powerful way to encourage learners to study outside the class. I mean it’s always possible to organize videoconferences with different English-speaking countries sharing cultural and educational experience, participate in webinars, and use blogs for corresponding with people from all over the world.

The other way to attract learners to study is to have SAC where learners will have an opportunity of self-  or peer- assessment according to rubrics or templates worked out by learners themselves.



воскресенье, 27 декабря 2015 г.