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Ten Top Tips 4 Terrific Teachers

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I’m a primary teacher: how can I keep my classes dynamic and my students interested? In this session we’ll look at ten top tips every primary school teacher should bear in mind in order to keep their students on their toes, make certain that learning is taking place and ensure that lots of fun is had into the bargain too! From the best ways to present language to continuous assessment for learning to using technology productively, you'll find a wealth of ideas to be taken away and used on Monday.

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Ten Top Tips 4 Terrific Teachers

  1. 1. Elena Merino Ten top tips 4 terrific teachers
  2. 2. Get the start right!
  3. 3. Routines 4
  4. 4. Goals 5 Share learning objectives (lesson and unit) & refer back to them Mention what the students are aiming at (eg. A project)
  5. 5. The Memory Box 6 Recall previous knowledge (Spaced Repetition)
  6. 6. The Target 7 Recall previous knowledge (Related to a lesson)
  7. 7. Be a vocabulary virtusoso
  8. 8. 7–15 • Provide a clear model and lots of opportunities for practice with an increasing cognitive challenge • Vocabulary needs to be encountered between 7 and 15 times to be learned • Use spaced repetition (remember the box!)
  9. 9. Presenting and practising the vocabulary Flashcards Digital Flashcards Actions, Simon says
  10. 10. Using Flashcards Listen and repeat (pupils!) True or false / A/B/C Jump the line Pass the parcel Guess who Repetition Recognition Making decisions Producing the word Using the word in a sentence
  11. 11. Digital Flashcards 13
  12. 12. Simon says (with a twist!) 14
  13. 13. Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme
  14. 14. 17
  15. 15. 18 What kind of listening activities would you do here?
  16. 16. 19 Listening activities Pre-listening Predicting, pre-teaching, reviewing (vocabulary, content) Post-listening Create a song What’s in your wardrobe?, your favourite clothes Expand vocabulary Games: the price is right Role-plays: flea marketListening Pronunciation (listen and repeat, sing along, sounds) Comprehension activities (vocabulary, listen and point, answer questions, check predictions, T/F) Language (jumbled lines, match half-lines)
  17. 17. 20 Listening activities Listening Pronunciation (listen and repeat, sing along, sounds) Comprehension activities (vocabulary, listen and point, answer questions, check predictions, T/F) Language (jumbled lines, match half-lines)
  18. 18. 21 Work with sounds!
  19. 19. 22 1. Listen to the song 2. Identify the sounds /ait/ and /u:/ 3. Underline “baggy”
  20. 20. 23
  21. 21. 24 /ait/ /u:/ baggy 4. Make it sound!
  22. 22. 25
  23. 23. 26 Do you remember the words?
  24. 24. Bring reading to life
  25. 25. 29
  26. 26. 30
  27. 27. 31 3
  28. 28. 33 Time to act!
  29. 29. 34 1 a)What animal is it? b)What are the missing words? 2 3 a)What animal is it? b)What are the missing words? a)What animal is it? b)What are the missing words?
  30. 30. 35 Did you guess correctly?
  31. 31. 36 Now, can you answer the questions?
  32. 32. Speak to stun!
  33. 33. 39 OTHER QUESTIONS •What’s your favourite wild animal? •What’s your favourite pet? •What food do you love? •What food do you hate? •How are you feeling today? How can we practice those questions?
  34. 34. •Hello •What’s your name? •What’s your favourite colour? •What’s your favourite wild animal? •What’s your favourite pet? •What food do you love? •What food do you hate? •How are you feeling today? •Bye bye! Adapted from Ed Curtis Teacher
  35. 35. 41 Speaking
  36. 36. Credit: CEIP San Sebastián El Boalo. Marta Cervera
  37. 37. 43 1. Students learned words and short phrases
  38. 38. 2. Students were interviewed and recorded
  39. 39. 3. Students drew a self-portrait
  40. 40. Morfo How did they do it?
  41. 41. Similar apps / programs Zoobe Chatterpix Kids Voki Tellagami
  42. 42. 50 This is relevant… Continue, please
  43. 43. Give them a goal to work towards
  44. 44. 53Presentation Title Arial Bold 7 pt Why projects? Training vs Playing the game
  45. 45. 54Presentation Title Arial Bold 7 pt Training
  46. 46. 55Presentation Title Arial Bold 7 pt Play the game
  47. 47. Make Writing Meaningful
  48. 48. Turn it into a project! (Portfolios) 58 Motivation Students’ progress Goals
  49. 49. A real example….. 59 Credit: Vivienne Garro & Marta Cervera (CEIP. El Peralejo, Madrid, 2005)
  50. 50. Timing & Instructions 60
  51. 51. Procedure 61 1. Choose the topics / chapters (about me, family, pets, friends, hobbies, etc.)
  52. 52. 62 2. Make it real (add pictures)
  53. 53. 63 • Create a folder • Save images • Insert images • Using titles … 3. Go digital?
  54. 54. 64 4. Create different levels • Basic • Advanced • Expert 5. Make it fun • Extra chapters: “My future”
  55. 55. Gamify your lessons
  56. 56. Gamification in companies 67 1.Think strategy first: set your objectives and desired outcome. 2. Create the right environment for a game to succeed. Understand the demographics and behavior patterns of the gamers. 3. Make it relevant. A game has to be contextual and relevant for the community. It has to have the right visual and sensory appeal, as well as a relevant storyline.
  57. 57. Adding 3 68 One students offers sth (eg I am a slice of cheese). 2nd student jumps in and adds sth to the offer (eg I am a slice of bread). 3rd player jumps in and again adds to the setup (eg I am a pickle). 3rd student stays and the others leave. The remaining student restarts by saying what/who she is. Credit: Ed Cousins, Interacting
  58. 58. 69 Why are they effective? How can we introduce games? Tip: create a bank of games, share it! How can games be evaluated?
  59. 59. 70 Achievement badges Set clear rules on how to earn the badges
  60. 60. Assess for success
  61. 61. 73 What type of assessment tools do we use to evaluate our students’ performance? Formative (informal) evaluation Summative (formal) evaluation Projects / Drama/ Songs … Self- evaulation
  62. 62. Badges / Certificates / Stickers 74
  63. 63. Routines at the end of a lesson 75 • Teacher asks 3 questions (Did you sing a song today? How do you say…in English? What was your favourite activity?)
  64. 64. Think about your future!
  65. 65. Attend teacher training sessions www.pearsonelt.es (Events & Teacher Training)
  66. 66. Knowledge sharing - whole centre, departmental Observation: is it such a bad thing? Share knowledge with your colleagues
  67. 67. And finally… Keep a portfolio of work and achievements 80

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