Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! | Video on

This is simply a MUST watch for all educators. The reason why I'm quickly putting it on now is that it echoes what teachers at the August OUP training days came up with. Actually, in one of the groups of about thirty eight teachers, if you'd been present when we were fuming about too much homework, the grading system, the focus on passing tests and 'achieving results'... long list, you would have smelt the air burning. That's how strongly these English teachers felt about it. And the process continued in the other two groups of teachers - so Sir Ken Robinson is speaking on behalf of the 100 plus teachers I worked with this week. Hurray!

For those of you who are not yet familiar with TED talks, here's a quick tip. You can choose to watch it with subtitles either in Hungarian or in English, as you wish.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Feedback on the OUP training days and conference

After three days of intensive in-service teacher training and another conference day on Word Skills organised by Oxford University Press for teachers in Hungary I was walking down the stairs with my hands full of equipment: laptop, speakers, flashcards and bags full of "trainer stuff". - Yes, I do have five hands to carry all of this :-) -
I must admit I was exhausted by that time just as anyone else, I thought, who either presented or participated in the sessions during these four intensive days.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Developing a Learning Society

I watched this wonderful and thought-provoking YouTube video a minute ago. Well, of course, I received it through Twitter, where else. So, anyway, it immediately gave me an idea of how I would use it during the induction week with my teachers and I'd like to share this with you, just as I believe in sharing, learning and shaping our teaching together with the whole school staff.

Before you go on reading, it would be great if you watched the YouTube video first and thought about how YOU could/would use it in your school at the beginning of the year.

Monday, August 2, 2010

"Teach kids first and curriculum second"

I can't agree more with George Couros! What they did at their school is amazing and inspiring. The idea that he presented at the 2010 Reform Symposium , is something that could be and should be used in any school: organising an 'Identity Day'. Listen and watch to find out how kids and teachers share their passion, something that is unique about them, something they would like to share with everyone: their school-mates, all the teachers in the school and parents. Involving parents in this process must have been rewarding as well. This is something that can be done as part of the English classes as well, not just as a school. "You can't teach a child if you don't know them", is another quote I keep highlighting myself whenever opportunity arises.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Teacher Development through Elluminate

I first found out about this learning platform from Tamás Lőrincz. He took his time to show a couple of us what it was, but I didn't quite get into it at that time because I wasn't quite sure why this would benefit me. He was also the one who introduced me to Twitter. This was about a month ago. It didn't take long for me to realise how much I could learn from tweets and Elluminate sessions. Tamás, I owe you a great BIG THANKS, as you made my professional self-development possible. I truly hope that many more teachers will be 'infected' by these learning platforms. This, I feel is very important, especially in times when teachers in Hungary get such little support to develop in their teaching career.
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