In his ‘Introductory Course in Teaching English to Children’ David Paul, author of Teaching English to Children in Asia (Pearson), presented in a truly accessible manner many of the teaching strategies based on the constructivist (student-centered) approach and employed by IB practitioners. In the course of his lecture, I could constantly draw parallels between the language learning method … Continue reading One-day English teaching course by David Paul
Here you are, native of a non-English speaking country, with a sincere passion in making a difference in the lives of children, and a yearning desire to start a new life in a place you have always dreamed of being. Your job hunting strategy consists of scrolling down to the Job Requirements section of any … Continue reading Challenging some well-established beliefs
Professional Development through Class/Lesson Observation It is a common practice among teachers in Japan to engage in professional development activities in the form of a lesson study or research of teaching/learning by visiting other schools and observing classes. It is meant to help teachers enhance their capabilities and competencies and to incorporate new ideas and … Continue reading Professional Development through Lesson Observation
The following set of activities is part of our monthly theme on planting, growing, harvesting, and eating fruits and vegetables. Overall, we attend to, observe, talk about, and try to understand nature and the changes that occur during summer time. Our cherry picking school field-trip is the ultimate reward and we were all looking forward … Continue reading Practices of Wonder, Curiosity, and Creativity
Depending on their particular age level, children frequently find themselves in certain situations. For example, our preschoolers often drop their bottles and spill water on the floor, tend to argue over toys as a result of their difficulties sharing, and cry when things don't go their way. Within the immersive way of teaching and learning, students … Continue reading Immersive Learning in Action
The beginning of the new school year for your preschoolers is approaching and you wonder how to give them the very best first impression while skillfully outlining the boundaries. Commence the new academic year by designing and carrying out simple and fun activities aimed at helping children enjoy their time with you in the first … Continue reading Activities for the First Week of School
If you are a language teacher/principal who has just embarked on a journey towards implementing some elements of immersive learning into your class program/school curriculum, this blog post may help you sort out your priorities in terms of planning and conducting the language lessons. The earliest stage of the immersive language learning method can be … Continue reading Immerse and Provoke
In my previous blog post I discussed the rationale behind having children start learning their foreign language at an early age (whenever that's possible and provided that children's social skills are developed to a greater extent). The training that I recently attended helped me see for myself the benefit and ease with which a language … Continue reading Language Learning through Grammar or Language Acquisition through Immersion – which method is best for your students?
In my veins still runs some Marketing-tinted blood and this partially justifies the attempt I have made to relate my experience at MY Kindergarten, Yamagata (Japan) through the prism of the 3 Ps - Product (Service), People, and Place. Last week, I had the privilege of paying a visit to and immersing myself (as an … Continue reading MY Experience with MY Kindergarten Yamagata
Do lessons need to be meaningful? Definitely. Do they need to be fun? Desirably. Do they need to be creative? Not necessarily. "I aim for making fun lessons that also have meaning" is the oath that every serious teacher needs to take and uphold to while involved in their lesson planning endeavors. Creativity does matter … Continue reading Is There a Need for Creative Lessons?