Are you looking for some useful resources for teaching elementary school EFL/ESL students?
Perhaps you want to know how to use Interactive Whiteboards or just need some resources for them?
Well, I have what you need - and FREE!
On the "Teach" link go to "Teaching Help" and you will find both.
Under EFL/ESL elementary resources I've listed the best 65 sites for:
video, stories, reading, e-books, music & song, activities, games, writing, lesson plans, vocabulary, spelling, dictionaries, quizzes & puzzles, speaking & pronunciation, phonics & ABCs, community sharing, rhymes, colouring, animation & cartoons, test writing, printables, flashcards, presentations, screen-casting, brainstorming, audio & sounds, collaboration, stickies, podcasts, posters, search tools and a complete LMS (learning management system). Many are also suited to interactive whiteboards.
Under IWB/Smartboard resources I've listed the best 48 sites for:
training & tutorials in mastering smartboards, games, lesson plans, presentations, activities, spelling, reading, comics, worksheets, phonics and writing. The training sites have videos that will step you through everything you need to know to use IWB's effectively in class.
Yes, they are a great low-tech tool and students love using them.
Here in Taiwan at elementary school they seem to come with a set of lines for writing practice on one side and blank on the other.
I have used them for students to practice learning to write new letters of the alphabet before putting them into their exercise books. It makes their books neater and they gain in confidence.
They are also good for pair work. An example is answering jumbled words or sentences and being quick to display their response by raising the board above their heads.
There are many uses for this simple tool.
Thanks for the other sharings also.
Pasted today at http://classroom201x.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/back-to-basics-mini-whiteboards/#comment-112
You will find many more ideas for using mini whiteboards at this site and the included links.
Question: Great teachers have high expectations. Who do they have high expectations of?
I don’t really know who “great” teachers have high expectations of, as I’m not sure what a “great” teacher is.
For me as an EFL teacher in a foreign land, I have great (possibly even unrealistic) expectations of myself and my students, but I accept that reality often falls short of my expectations as far as others are concerned.
Partly this is because different cultures and different educational systems within them don’t always work the same as we might expect. Partly it is also because the structures that do exist bar “foreigners” (here, we’re actually referred to as “aliens”) from climbing the institutional ladder to gain greater power or influence, or even be consulted.
At some point, after banging your head against the wall, or perhaps the “glass ceiling”, for long enough you adjust your definition of “great” to suit the circumstances you are in, and you put aside most of what you learned throughout your advanced studies at university for the reality of others’ decisions, however poorly founded.
For example, it would be great if every classroom had an IWB or even a regular whiteboard, let alone a working CD player. It would be great if we could have teachers’ books for classroom texts that are written in English rather than Chinese. It would be great if we had dedicated classrooms rather than having to trudge from room to room where we enter like something from outer space. It would be great if we could set the format and content of exams or even decide if or when there would be exams. It would be great if we had access to computers with English operating systems, the commands of which we could read. I guess you get the picture.
For a more stress-free life, when you cannot change things, it’s easier to make your high expectations fit the situation.
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5/14/10 11:19 AM