A guide to the UK

An interesting idea for the very first days at school.

 The children get to know about traditions, food, music, culture and scenery in the UK, the country where the English language came from.

 


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How many times have you turned to PINTEREST, the visual discovery engine to find ideas to enrich your teaching? I have to admit you can discover everything in there, save them, use the ideas or get inspired by them whenever you like. This social network works thanks to inspired people who wish to share their ideas with colleagues all around the globe.


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The new school year is just around the corner!



10 +1 Resources about Shakespeare




Videos, flashcards and activities for primary school pupils here



Articles and lesson plans your teenage English language classroom here


Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Images here

An animated version of Shakespeare's Hamlet

Shakespeare: Original pronunciation (The Open University)




Music in the time of Shakespeare



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"The very hungry caterpillar "

 

Enjoyable English literature through drama and storytelling

(click here)

After finishing this learning activity the students should be able to:

● improve their knowledge of the English culture

● contextualize it

● get better in the use of the English language and their pronunciation

● develop creativity, when they have to create their own outfits, costumes, sets, shadow puppet theaters

● learn by doing

● increase the respect and acceptance to others

Introducing "The very hungry caterpillar "

This is a classic book by Eric Carle. It is about a sad ugly caterpillar who turns into a beautiful butterfly with the help of her friends. The target audience is the 1st grade students.

Hopefully they will acquire new language, understand spoken English, try to produce and improve the pronunciation and develop creativity.

The task

● Watch the story online being narrated by the writer himself.

● Describe the story and let the children explain the sequence of it.

● Try to dramatize by miming the roles of the caterpillar and her friends.

● Create our own masks in order to dramatize it more realistically (find the patterns on the Net, cut, paint and laminate them).

● Present the dramatization and create a short video to be uploaded on the school's blog.

● The children learn about colors, numbers, feelings, the circle of life.

The Heuristics

1. Visibility of system status (the learner is guided what, when and why we take every step)

2. Match between system and the real world (the learner gets to know everyday language and everyday feelings)

3. User control and freedom (the learner has the freedom to express himself/herself in every way)

4. Consistency and standards (doubts but stick on standards)

5. Flexibility and efficiency of use

6. Aesthetic and minimalist design

7. Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors.

8. Interactivity (learn by doing).

9. Team work

 

Learning Scenario

Hands on ICT Evaggelia Sariggoli--Educational scenario

Once upon a time....

The final product of the e- course about Creativity and Innovation.

 A distance training course by EEPEK for English Language Teachers tutored by Dr Vasiliki Papaioannou, State School advisor for English language teachers in the prefecture of Magnesia and Dr Niki Lambropoulou, primary school teacher and writer, ONLINE.

 

(click here)

       Needless to say , our learning came from participating in the course activities, sharing our experiences and engaging in discussions with our fellow learners.
       

Reminiscing about the previous school year

Reading Rebecca Usherwood’s article about Flipped Classroom makes us think about the new school year in a month or so.

“………It is common practice in classrooms for teachers to teach a concept at school, then set homework for children to do independently. But, in flipped classrooms, this is the opposite - it is, quite literally, flipped. 

The concept is taught at home (often through videos that teachers have either found on the web or filmed themselves) and the work relating to the concept is done at school. The idea is that the children can take the time at home to learn the facts and the essentials about a subject or strategy, then come to school bursting with questions and background knowledge which the teacher can guide them through whilst deepening their learning. 

It throws away the more traditional view of children consolidating their learning at home or delving deeper by making a craft project to explain their learning. The classroom becomes the place to work through problems and do more collaborative learning, rather than spending time listening to a teacher explain a concept, delivered in a range of ways, interrupted with other students’ questions. The flipped classroom is one aspect of the ‘flipped learning’ approach - more information on flipped learning can be found in this useful document…………

Coronavirus has changed the way that children have been learning. Many children have been learning solely at home, while others have experienced a mixture of school and home. Either way, school life is not as it was. Huge efforts and changes have been made in schools to prepare videos and resources for children to learn with at home. 

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the closure of many schools around the globe, we have already been using a lot of the flipped classroom techniques, as learning has been taking place remotely..….We have found a new way to educate, which doesn’t rely on students attending a school and getting their source of education from one teacher. Now is the perfect time to harness what we have learnt from the remote learning experience and build this into our learning experience for students, rather than ignoring all the good work teachers, students and families have been putting in to support this approach…”                                                                                                 

Our experience during the lockdown

We used the Flipped Classroom as a way of organising and delivering the learning material in synchronous and asynchronous learning during the Coronavirus lockdown.

We used various Web2.0 tools for different classes and projects.

 

Pros 


  • spent working on deeper learning.
  • More parental involvement before, during and after the lesson.
  • Students have already thought about the subject, so will arrive in class with any misconceptions and questions that can be dealt with quickly.
  • Lots of the learning was done online.
  • Children could ‘practise’ and deepen learning with a teacher in the online classroom.
  • Children got access to their teacher twice – at home via the platform/digital class and synchronously via Webex.
  • Children could take the lessons at their own pace. They could pause and watch the videos, websites and resources at home, as many times as they wanted, without needing extra time in class. This is particularly useful for students who have slower learning rhythm.
  • It allowed students of different learning abilities and styles to excel either verbally or in writing coping with different texts.
  • Helped students to understand that teachers are not the only source of information. 

 Cons

  • Relies on parental help and students being willing to learn. Both parents and students thought that joining the synchronous or asynchronous meeting was optional rather than obligatory.
  • Relies on technology/internet accessibility and connection.
  • Not all children learn best through visual learning (different learning styles).
  • Flipped homework is still homework!
  • It needs to be organised differently and well in advance.
  • Relies on students having a good working space at home, without distractions.
  • Students need to do the work to understand what will be talked about in the synchronous meeting. 
  • Parents and children need educating about what it is and how it works. 

 The question is : once the new school year starts, what shall we do? 


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From desk to desktop...



With schools closing during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, teachers have been tasked with figuring out how to deliver lessons and classroom activities as part of distance learning. Moving from a bricks and mortar classroom to the virtual world was a steep learning curve for many of us, but now as the initial teaching troubles are over, all of us seem to have our virtual classroom and really enjoy it.
 Online teaching has opened up a whole new teaching and learning opportunity, and I have to admit there are fewer behavioral and discipline problems and students online are more engaged and motivated.
If any of you is fretting about how to go from desk to desktop, here are a few suggestions from our first month to get you started. It’s a list of online learning resources, some of the top virtual learning platforms and tools for distance learning.

Remote Learning and Virtual Classroom Platforms + Tools for Teachers
This school communication tool makes it easy to stay in touch and track student progress too, always free for teachers. 
You can communicate with students, share documents and assignments, and provide collaborative space with this platform.  EdModo is always free for teachers, parents, and students.
This site lets you create interactive online lessons using a video clip of your choice. It provides accountability and tracking for student progress, too. Basic plans are always free, and they’re offering additional resources to schools closed due to COVID-19/coronavirus. 
 Students and teachers record short videos to document and share their learning on a subject. It’s a kind of social media for learning, and it’s a great way to stay in touch.
FlipGrid is always free for educators with a Google or Microsoft account. 
Genially offers interactive visual communication tools to create presentations, interactive images, infographics, and more. Many of their premium templates and resources are now available for free, for everyone.
You can create Multimedia Interactive Posters and express ideas with ease by combining images, graphics, audio, video, and text on one digital canvas!
 A readily-available resource for classrooms with tools valuable as schools convert to distance learning. And …Google Classroom is always free.
 It Is a fun online quiz game platform.
 Kahoot! Basic is free for educators and students, but they’re also currently offering their Premium distance learning tools for free. 
 interactive presentations which students can participate in using their smartphones to offer opinions, answer questions and vote.
Padlet  Always great for presentations and collaborative work.
Create a learning loop between students, teachers, and families. Students show their learning, teachers gain insights, and families stay engaged. You’ll also find intuitive tools like draw+record, collage, video, and more.
Skype is another video app, but Skype in the Classroom allows for free video discussions and tours across the globe.
 It Is an online bookmarker for educators.
It is a streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe animated read-aloud storybooks brought to life, to help encourage the love of reading.
 Webex is offering free access to all schools right now, along with resources and tips on using it as a virtual classroom. 
You can project your lessons in group settings with zoom or even record the sessions for students who need to review later. This video and audio-conferencing tool has a chat functionality where students can ask questions as you teach. In countries affected by the virus, Zoom has lifted its 40-minute time limit for the free Basic accounts. 

Teaching Materials
Here’s a brief list of websites providing lesson materials you can access for free.
www.twinkl.co.uk
Free access for the coming months. Great resources for primary level learners.
www.islcollective.com
Downloadable worksheets for a variety of English-language themed lessons.
www.onestopenglish.com
Again, offering free access to materials until June.
www.busyteacher.com
Worksheets and lesson plans available for free.
www.film-english.com
Great resource utilising short film clips on a variety of topics.
Games and Activities (great ways to recycle, practise and test!)
Kahoot
Online quizzes covering all manner of topics. Use other people’s quizzes or make your own with the free premium offer.
Wordwall
Learning made fun with a variety of different game options using target language as well as an automatic worksheet generator.
Make flashcard sets, drill your students (or set it for homework), then use Quizlet Live for a fun and competitive team game.
This is just a brief look at some of the resources available to complement your online teaching.
Last but not least I would recommend the eTwinning platform where you can use any web2.0 tool available with great success.