Procrastination is a trait most people are familiar with. How many times have you been faced with a challenge you would inadvertently or purposely delay because you couldn’t find the energy or desire to accomplish it? Lack of motivation is usually the cause and this is a concern most teachers aspire to rectify by implementing different approaches with various degrees of success.
Motivation is not merely a means that can be used to inspire your students to work hard. If viewed as an ‘educational approach’, then you will most likely fail in doing so. What educators should focus on instead, are various factors which will bring about the desired result, not only in class, but in students’ everyday lives. We tend to forget that students look up to us for guidance and our presence will in most cases, leave an everlasting effect on them.
But the question remains… “How can I motivate my students?” The simplest answer to this question is to put yourself in their shoes and realize that motivation can be achieved by adhering to a few strategies which are more or less familiar to most educators.
English Language Teaching (ELT) has without a doubt, gone through various changes throughout the years. The days of simple text books is a thing of the past, as “Information and Communications Technology” (ICT) has been fully integrated into the learning process. One would wonder, how did we get here and how effective this new way of learning English truly is.
There’s no debating that childhood trauma seriously impacts how students learn. Researchers have tied stressful events such as divorces, deportations, neglect, sexual abuse and gun violence to behavioral problems, lower math and reading scores, and poor health. The latest research, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, finds that children who endure severe stress are more likely to suffer heart attacks and mental health disorders.
Throughout your academic career, you will be called upon to write a formal assignment called an essay. An essay can have many forms or purposes; however, the basic structure is the same. Supporting a view, describing an event, finding a solution to a problem are only some of the formats we must tackle, but if we follow these simple rules, the essay will ‘write itself’ as we expand our ideas.
Humanity is usually divided when it comes down to what we consume. Vegetables, meat, dairy products are all options, however, what each and every one of us consumes is strictly our own personal prerogative. Below, we will explore how vital vegetariansim or consuming meat can be for several factors with contrasting views.
Recently, there has been a great deal of controversy over the important values of life. More and more people tend to believe that security would be of the utmost importance due to escalating wars and the rapid climax of terrorism. Nevertheless, the opponents of this view maintain that freedom and independence should be the deciding factor of people’s notions and way of thinking. I firmly believe that having freedomand independence is much more crucial.
Throughout history, numerous methods of teaching have been adopted in class; the most controversial of which, ‘Rote Learning’. Why is this method of teaching despised by modern educators? Does it have any merits? Should it be abolished completely? Below, we will examine the aspects of this teaching method as well as evaluate the benefits of modern teaching techniques such as the development of critical thinking.
December is finally here and some of my students are taking their exams soon. One of the questions I asked them during their final preparation is “Why are you studying English?” Some looked at each other, while the bolder ones answered, “To get a job.”
To some certain extent, that’s actually true. However, landing a job isn’t the only reason to get yourself better acquainted with this language. English is THE Global Language and knowing how to use it, is the key to many opportunities in life. Continue reading “Why Learning English is Necessary Today”
Gone are the days when we used to write on the board with chalk, or had to carry cassette players with us in class. Bringing a television with a VHS Player once or twice during the school year (yes, I’ve experienced that) was our only ‘exposure’ to any source of visual material. How things have changed…
Education has made huge leaps the past decade, all thanks to the outburst of Social Media. Many teachers are hesitant to incorporate the benefits of this powerful medium in class, as Social Media is often associated with many negative factors such as distractions, lack of face to face interaction and so much more. However, if used wisely, a teacher now has the most powerful tool in his hands, one which can boost a student’s learning experience to a whole new level.
One of the joys of modern technology is being able to share lessons, ideas and thoughts with students and teachers around the Globe. TED-Ed allows you to do just that, making learning a revolutionary experience.