AuthorJ. Blew, M.Ed

What are poster sessions and why they matter

Professional conferences often have a category of presentations called ‘poster sessions’. Poster presenters hang their posters on panels for passers-by to see; the role of the presenter is to discuss the content with interested people. Poster presenters are generally given a public area for their displays, in close proximity to one another, and designated an amount of time, whether it is for a day or only an hour or two.

If you have ever seen poster presentations, they may have contributed to your fond memories of past conferences. To people who have experienced successful conference poster sessions, or presented one themselves, the points I am about to make may be readily apparent. Continue reading

Searching for Learning materials for your students

Before leaving on my trip back to the States I was really looking forward to getting away from it all. I never expected that I would suddenly be obsessed with the search for authentic materials. However, in planning the trip I started to consider what I wanted to bring back to Japan. The list of things for the classroom started getting longer than the personal items. So, before leaving I listed all the materials I would try to look for. Nothing big, nothing heavy and nothing expensive became the rule.

Where to look

First, I had to categorize what I wanted based on what I knew I could probably find easily. The airport and plane, of course, are an excellent source of such material. Among others on my ‘shopping list’ were; airport information guides (San Francisco International Airport was a great resource, while my final destination, Boston was not), menus (small shops inside shopping malls were an excellent source of simple one page menus that you could take home and could be easily used in the classroom). Not only were the proprietors willing to have you take them, but they also turned out be useful for in-class activities. Information desks around the city offered a wide variety of information that was free and could be used in classroom activities. Continue reading

How to best write a TEFL CV

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is a popular option not only for graduates but also for career changers. How you should write your CV best is depending on your specific background and the job specifications.
Guidelines, general qualifications, and experience are two crucial factors, but it’s good to note that different countries have different and specific requirements.

In most countries, you need to have a degree to obtain a visa, while TEFL qualification often comes in only as secondary. Most European countries, though, as well as a lot of organizations, require both a degree, Trinity Cert Tesol or CELTA certification, and relevant experience, also for entry-level positions. Further qualification, for example, a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics or Delta qualification, may be required for a higher-level position.

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Adventures In Learning

Nicholas School is a state chartered kindergarten through eighth-grade school and is cm1857a product of the Rehabilitation Center For Neurological Development. Both are located in Piqua, Ohio. The Nicholas School program helps students with developmental delays and learning disabilities to become more neurologically organized.

While the neurological organization is improving through the motor program, classroom work is assigned according to the student’s level of ability or is established by an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The students spend classroom time in small groups or in a one-on-one setting with a classroom teacher.

Matthew began attending the Nicholas School in the fall of 2008. After his previous unpleasant experience in the public school system, Matthew was convinced that school was a bad place to be. At first, I was worried how he would react and if he would be able to trust his new teachers.

After his first week there, I worried no more. Matthew loved his new school and was excited about all the new things he would be learning. By the end of the first month at his new school, I could see many positive changes in Matthew. He was learning to read, spell, do simple math and his fine/gross motor skills were greatly improving.

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Laughing Matters Humor in the Language Classroom

Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers – Series Editor: Penny Ur

Laughing Matters is a resource book dealing with humor in the language classroom. It provides over 120 activities which will inject some light-hearted fun into lessons whilst still being grounded in respected language learning theory.Jokes provide teachers with a rich resource of patterned language use and cultural knowledge. Humor is also a very effective way to help students remember key concepts and structures. Humor can be one of the hardest aspects of a foreign language for students to understand; yet it is also one of the most rewarding.

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