Friday, September 14, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Objects at rest tend to stay at rest. Physics and education. If you want to learn you better, get some motion going – get into action. No teacher, instructor, professor, tutor or malamed can or will replace you own efforts, determination, studying and motivation. Until knowledge is injectable, it’s up to you to be responsible for your education and learning. Onward and upward!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Not only do we learn with others all the way from pre-school through graduate school, in the sense of sharing a classroom, we also learn from our peers.
It is not only the teacher who gives us information, models new skills and explains difficult concepts: Our classmates are our teachers as well.
Is you ever watch children in a classroom, they are always helping each other with tasks and skills. The same is true in the adult education classroom. One prominent example of this takes place in the ESL classroom. More advanced students help less advanced ones. Students become friends and share conversation, humor and the challenges of learning a new language, in a new country, after a day of work, dealing with mates, children, bosses, bills and a host of issues specific to immigrants who are second language learners.
Te social aspect of learning makes learning possible by creating a safe, comfortable space in which students can relax and feel good about themselves while acquiring English-language skills.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We had a special treat last week when we used technology in the classroom. Students called each other on their cell phones and spoke to each other across the room! Everyone had to use their listening and speaking abilities and the students had a good time while improving their communication skills.