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Actions Speak Louder Than Language Barriers

Today I received a wonderful compliment from one of my high school students. To give some context to the essay snippet below: I teach at a public boarding school where the students stay on-campus 5 or 6 nights a week. Most of them are from the area, so they can easily go home on the weekend. But some, like the student in this story, have to travel 4+ hours one way by bus, so they don’t go home nearly as often. It’s hard on all of them, but especially so for those who only see their friends and family once every few weeks or months.


Reflective Practice: The true value of "lived experience" and why we must first do then think.



Here I will talk about how to become a better teacher through reflective practice.
Reflective practice is the key between the dichotomy I drew between thinkers and doers, describing that you need to act in the world first before you think; and that there are different forms of knowledge that are produced in the world: one is derived from experience (reflective practice), but another (theory-based) is driven away from experience (body) towards the abstract and context-less (mind). These two different forms of knowledge (reflective practice vs theory-based) and the activities that produce that knowledge are in fact in competition with each other for legitimacy, gaining speed in recent times.

RTBC Day Thirteen: What’s in your edtech toolbox?

So, I totally fell off the wagon with this 30-day reflective teaching blog challenge…which I started back in September or October of last year. But I’m BACK on board!

Name the top edtech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom, and rate them on their perceived (by you) effectiveness.


Doers and Thinkers - Why to change yourself, you must change the world first.

You can't only just your self by changing your mind through the intake of theories/stories and reading (by the modification of your internal working model - which serves as how you then act and behave); but you can also change yourself by doing.

Doing produces results which (if they are measured and thought as feedback) can be referenced against benchmarks, allowing you to reflect upon why this is, what I want to do better, how I can try next time; this overall process changes the external world and in turn by thinking about how the external world was changed and why, you can change your thinking and thus keep doing while reflecting upon your actions.

Vlog Entry #12: Student Video Projects

In another post I explain a little bit more about how these awesome videos came into the world. So if you want to learn more, you can check that out. Othewise I’ll just get out of your way and let you enjoy yourself!

A comedic introduction to some of the sports students practice at my school.

 


How 20% of the School Day Got Me 100% Success

Presenting Their ProjectsThe leaders at Google believe that people are happier and more productive when they spend 20% of their time at work on a personal project, something that interests them, gets them fired up and invites the creative juices to flow. So, for part of Winter Camp 2015, I gave my students the opportunity to do just that! For two weeks they worked one hour each day on an independent project of their choice, and finished by presenting to their classmates. The only catch was that they had to use English in SOME WAY. From creative music videos to a detailed analysis of different educational systems arond the world, they produced some amazing work!


What are the four main paradigms in Educational Research?

This is a summary of the four main paradigms that exist within education research that you can think in reflecting upon your own teaching practice.

Each paradigm is connected with their own views on how learners learn (or should learn) and how teacher should teach (or should teach).


This is about taking a step back and taking an outside view on your own assumptions as a teacher, and how you think you can become a more effective teacher. Take a look below:



1. Positivism: (realist ontology, objective epistemology)


- Positivism has taken experimental physics as its model in trying to track down casual relationships in the social world. Positivism attempts to look at what influence intervention y has on effect x, and so takes a lot of quantitative data in order to run statistical tests to find the casual relationship.

Left vs Right government visual


The Bandwidth of the Senses

Three great websites for learning Korean Perfectly

1. MEMRISE:
(beautiful gamification of vocabulary with user generated course -
e.g. you focus on study -> KIIP and TOPIK 중급)

http://www.memrise.com/home/
http://www.memrise.com/home/


2.  BLIU BLIU:
(A beautiful addition to the new learning with text openshare software. Forget about that other reading website - no resources for Korean, not fun, not addictive and not at your level. But with Bliu Bliu and their computer learning algorithm, it works out your level and you can choose readings that you are interested at your level. Perfect)

https://bliubliu.com/en/learning/topics/ko/
https://bliubliu.com/en/learning/topics/ko/

3. Lang8.com
-> focus on native Korean speakers corrections of whatever you wanna write.

Lang8.com
Lang8.com


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