English Teachers: Keep up Your Professional Development


TED Talks for teachers, great to keep up with your English and Teaching Skills in 12 Must Watch TED Talks for Teachers at http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2017/08/12-must-watch-ted-talks-for-teachers.html?m=1


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Free Downloadable Resource Book: What Teachers Should Know About Instruction for English Language Learners


Great resource foe educators at http://educationnorthwest.org/sites/default/files/resources/what-teachers-should-know-about-instruction-for-ells.pdf

Excerpt of the executive summary:

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Presentation/Video: Self-directed Learning in the EFL Classroom




Lara Portelli, inspired by Sugata Mitra’s TED talk, Children can teach themselves, draws upon further research and practice to encourage teachers to bring learning technologies into the classroom.

Lara’s research and ideas suggest that teachers can provide new frameworks for channelling self-directed learning models into the classroom in order to forge more flexible teacher-student dynamics and to enhance learning.

The New Professional Development: Microcredentials



What is it and what can it do? Microcredentials are a great new way to approach skill acquisition without earning degrees or certification.  Read more in this publication: Customizing Professional Development Through Microcredentials at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/04/26/customizing-professional-development-through-microcredentials.html

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Peers, more than teachers, inspire us to learn



Important implications for professional development and training and for creating professional learning communities from a research study.  Excerpt:

When it came to final grades, students who received the peer rationale scored an average of 92 percent — significantly higher than the 86 percent scored by students who received the rationale from the instructor. Interestingly, students who received no rationale averaged 90 percent for a final grade, which is still higher than those who received the instructor rationale.

“We found that receiving the instructor rationale led to lower final grades than both the peer rationale and no rationale conditions,” Roseth said. “This gives support to the idea that, motivationally, the fact that instructors control grades, tell the students what do to, and so on, may be working against their efforts to increase their students’ appreciation of why the class is important.”

Source:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170321110341.htm 

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About Professional Development and Preaching to the Choir


A good reflection by Jana Echevarria in Why Is Professional Development Offered in Silos?

at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-professional-development-offered-silos-jana-echevarria

Free Webinar by Dr. Broady: English Language and Digital Life Skill Studies by Dr. Christel Broady


Register here:  http://ventesol78857275.wiziq.com/online-class/4209899-english-language-and-digital-life-skill-studies-by-dr-christel-broady

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