The Rhythm of English Lesson 1: Stress & Syllables





My goal as a teacher is to help you understand natural, spoken English.

To understand spoken English, you need to understand the rhythm of English.

To understand the rhythm of English, you need to understand stress.

Considering my group has a lot of students thus altering theteaching lesson to their needs is not a question. We often must arrange sources to the size of the course. I wonder how could they manage it not having native description. Keeping in mind they're a novice course this could produce a bit of trouble for them at first. I'm confident it is going to enhance their problem fixing skills, though.


To understand stress, you need to understand.

"To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do another. Benjamin Jowett"


syllables.

Syllable stress explained in 5 minutes:

Dictionaries for English learners:

http://www.learnersdictionary.com/ (Merriam-Webster)



http://www.macmillandictionary.com/

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/



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#TeacherCPD Conferences by @TeacherToolkit and @CazzWebbo



One hot sunny afternoon earlier this summer, I re-tweeted a link to a Google document list of edu-teacher focused CPD events in the United States. @cazzwebbo saw it and said, “but it’s all USA focused events – we need one for the UK!” Subsequently we set about creating our own UK-based Google document, and within a couple of hours, had created #TeacherCPD conferences across the UK; a database to help capture and display UK focused CPD events.

TeacherCPD conferences across the UK:

There are quite a few entries in the database already. It’s a grassroots type list, with contributions made by educators, for educators. The more everyone populates the database, the more it will circulate and benefit everyone. Perhaps your own educational establishment organising CPD events and courses for external participants – could you ask them to add anything they are trying to promote?

This is not another version of the existing GoodCPDGuide. which launched in January 2012, offering a free database of CPD resources for education, including consultancy services, books, videos and podcasts. #TeacherCPD conferences across the UK is for CPD events only, organised by teachers for teachers. That’s it!

Listing CPD events:

You can see the list and contribute any CPD events  by clicking on the image below:

#TeacherCPD conferences across the UK Click the image above to open the full database

Evidence:

If you need any evidence to convince your educational establishment that CPD events are worth attending and paying for, here are a few thoughts from Ofsted:

An Ofsted report outlined key findings on the impact of CPD on teaching and achievement. These included the following:

"Well, I would not have guessed this. Normally I appreciate innovative thoughts on out of date guidelines as EFL is not like having something fresh daily. Without a doubt it is not like constructing cars all day long but you can always find something to shake up a tad. Although you never accept the beauty of life hides in the changes. Let's see how far we could get."

Despite weaknesses in the evaluation methodology of the survey schools, well planned professional development had improved teaching, helped to raise standards and contributed to staff retention and promotion.

Teachers who had been involved in CPD that was carefully designed, for example to develop their competence in areas such as assessment or ICT, had made gains in their knowledge and understanding. This was beginning to be reflected in their teaching and in pupils’ learning. The keys to success were thorough, focused planning, and regular monitoring. The following example from a secondary school illustrates the point.

The same Ofsted report also outlined findings related to the impact of CPD on staffing, including:

The survey found that well planned CPD had a positive effect on the recruitment and retention of staff. It contributed to high morale and enthusiasm for teaching. The headteacher at one secondary school, for example, made effective use of newly created posts, such as secondments to refresh some of the long-serving staff.

Many schools reap the benefits of providing high quality professional development for their support staff. This led to better support for teachers and pupils and, on occasion, provided a solution to staffing problems, as the following case study illustrate: A secondary school with a long-standing difficulty in recruiting good religious education teachers recognised potential in a voluntary helper. The headteacher appointed him as a teaching assistant, supported him through a part-time foundation degree in the subject at a local university, and then gave him the opportunity to work in the school as an unqualified teacher. He joined the Graduate Teacher Programme and gained qualified teacher status. Because of its support for this teacher, the school has resolved a difficult staffing problem.

The database:

Click the image to view the CPD events listed by teachers, for teachers. Your feedback is welcome on developing the database. Do you think you could add to the database and share the list?

#TeacherCPD conferences across the UK

References:

Ofsted (2006) Doc Ref HMI 2639

Thank you to @CazzWebbo for her support in making this happen.

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Using Photobucket in the Classroom



Photobucket is a photo saving and photo sharing website that has been around for a long time.  I have used this website for personal uses – saving pictures of my sons to share with family, saving pictures of items I am selling to be able to share easily on forums and Craigslist, etc. etc.  However, it’s only recently that I have started using Photobucket in my classroom.  I started using it as a means of sharing class pictures with parents, but have found that it can be used for so much more than that.  Here are some ways to use Photobucket in the classroom:

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

1.)  Sharing Class Photos – I’ll start with the easy one.  Class photos can be uploaded into password protected photo albums, which allow you to upload pictures with student faces and names, which often can’t be used on class blogs.  Give the parents the password through your newsletter or weekly e-mail and you can upload pictures once a month or so, to give parents (and grandparents) a way to peek into your classroom.  Parents love the protection you are providing their students and the ability to download pictures that they would like to print for scrapbooks and photo albums.

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

2.)  Sharing Anchor Charts – Anchor charts can be amazing teaching tools, but when the lesson or unit is done, where do you put all of these beautiful charts?  Why not take pictures of them and upload them into a photo album on photobucket?  Then, link the album to your class blog or your edmodo account and students can re-visit these anchor charts at home for homework help, while working in a small group with access to a computer or iPad (great for BYOD classrooms), or you can be bring it up and project it for the whole class when you need to refer to it again later – great space saver!

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

3.)  Saving Student Work for Online Portfolios – Online portfolios should include links to virtual projects, but even in our technology based world, all projects shouldn’t be virtual.  Some students do much better with creating hands-on projects out of clay.  There is still a place in our classroom for building posters and dioramas.  We don’t want to leave those projects out of portfolios, but it is quite complicated to sit down with each student and upload pictures into online portfolios.  But, if you take pictures of projects and upload them into an album on photobucket, students can have easy access to them when it is time to put their portfolios together.

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

4.) Keep Student Taken Photos for Projects – My class always spends a lot of time creating virtual projects (Prezis, Live Binders, Glogs) and videos (Check out my blog post on online video creation.)  Often students need pictures to put into their projects.  First of all, this is a great time to talk to students about royalty and royalty – free pictures.  Get students used to the fact that they SHOULD NOT copy and paste images from any old Google search as early as possible.  Part of this lesson for my kids was always, is there a way you can create your own image to go in there?  We talked about taking our own pictures to use in our projects.  (See my blog post on different ways to use an iPad camera.)  For example, one of my students was creating a video to teach others how to tell time and she wanted a picture of a clock.  So, she took a picture of our classroom clock and imported it into her Powtoon video.  These images that are taken by your class, can be stored in a photo album on Photobucket.  By putting the photos into a photo album, they can be shared amongst the students in your class.



With that in mind it's worth pondering around with English teaching exercises in the front. Once you genuinely dig through it and keep this on your mind I do believe it'll make an impact on a long run.

I am not telling you need to stay with it no matter what then again looking at it to be a rough guide will likely make an impact.

5.)  Document Field Trips – When you take a field trip, let students document their trip with individual, or group cameras (or iPads).  After the field trip, upload all of the pictures into a photo album on Photobucket and view the photo album as a whole class.  Pictures show us point of view.  Take time to discuss how some students viewed the trip vs. how others viewed it.  Can students find something in the photo album that they hadn’t even noticed on the trip?  Create a summary of learning that happened on the trip, and use this as a time to connect the trip back to what has been going on in class. (Find more ideas for field trips in this blog post.)

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

What “outside of the box” way do you use Photobucket in your classroom?

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Using Photobucket in the Classroom



Photobucket is a photo saving and photo sharing website that has been around for a long time.  I have used this website for personal uses – saving pictures of my sons to share with family, saving pictures of items I am selling to be able to share easily on forums and Craigslist, etc. etc.  However, it’s only recently that I have started using Photobucket in my classroom.  I started using it as a means of sharing class pictures with parents, but have found that it can be used for so much more than that.  Here are some ways to use Photobucket in the classroom:

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.



1.)  Sharing Class Photos – I’ll start with the easy one.  Class photos can be uploaded into password protected photo albums, which allow you to upload pictures with student faces and names, which often can’t be used on class blogs.  Give the parents the password through your newsletter or weekly e-mail and you can upload pictures once a month or so, to give parents (and grandparents) a way to peek into your classroom.  Parents love the protection you are providing their students and the ability to download pictures that they would like to print for scrapbooks and photo albums.

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

2.)  Sharing Anchor Charts – Anchor charts can be amazing teaching tools, but when the lesson or unit is done, where do you put all of these beautiful charts?  Why not take pictures of them and upload them into a photo album on photobucket?  Then, link the album to your class blog or your edmodo account and students can re-visit these anchor charts at home for homework help, while working in a small group with access to a computer or iPad (great for BYOD classrooms), or you can be bring it up and project it for the whole class when you need to refer to it again later – great space saver!

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

3.)  Saving Student Work for Online Portfolios – Online portfolios should include links to virtual projects, but even in our technology based world, all projects shouldn’t be virtual.  Some students do much better with creating hands-on projects out of clay.  There is still a place in our classroom for building posters and dioramas.  We don’t want to leave those projects out of portfolios, but it is quite complicated to sit down with each student and upload pictures into online portfolios.  But, if you take pictures of projects and upload them into an album on photobucket, students can have easy access to them when it is time to put their portfolios together.

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

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4.) Keep Student Taken Photos for Projects – My class always spends a lot of time creating virtual projects (Prezis, Live Binders, Glogs) and videos (Check out my blog post on online video creation.)  Often students need pictures to put into their projects.  First of all, this is a great time to talk to students about royalty and royalty – free pictures.  Get students used to the fact that they SHOULD NOT copy and paste images from any old Google search as early as possible.  Part of this lesson for my kids was always, is there a way you can create your own image to go in there?  We talked about taking our own pictures to use in our projects.  (See my blog post on different ways to use an iPad camera.)  For example, one of my students was creating a video to teach others how to tell time and she wanted a picture of a clock.  So, she took a picture of our classroom clock and imported it into her Powtoon video.  These images that are taken by your class, can be stored in a photo album on Photobucket.  By putting the photos into a photo album, they can be shared amongst the students in your class.

5.)  Document Field Trips – When you take a field trip, let students document their trip with individual, or group cameras (or iPads).  After the field trip, upload all of the pictures into a photo album on Photobucket and view the photo album as a whole class.  Pictures show us point of view.  Take time to discuss how some students viewed the trip vs. how others viewed it.  Can students find something in the photo album that they hadn’t even noticed on the trip?  Create a summary of learning that happened on the trip, and use this as a time to connect the trip back to what has been going on in class. (Find more ideas for field trips in this blog post.)

5 Ways to use photobucket in the classroom - how to share class photos with parents and class, share anchor charts, document field trips and build an online portfolio - ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

What “outside of the box” way do you use Photobucket in your classroom?

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources



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