Click to take the quiz about your own philosophy of education
I've written lots about philosophies of education. How important they are to develop and sustain. A lot of what is "stress" in today's teaching world, derives from teachers working in settings that conflict with their own underlying philosophy of education - often, the teacher not really even knowing that this conflict… Continue
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I just came home from the movies. In the film I saw (The Kids Are Alright), one character when asked why he dropped out of school says, "I just thought it was a big waste of money for something I could learn myself, from a book."
This was something I had realized early, sitting in the town library one "PD" or professional development day, years ago in grade 8. I was flipping through a National Geographic and chanced upon an article about Jane Goodall. I was stoked, we had… Continue
Added by ddeubel on October 26, 2010 at 1:01pm —
This next year, I'll be setting up my own eTeaching system and doing online teacher training. Mostly out of interest and to see if I can do it. As part of that process, I'm presently setting up my own audio/video eteaching suite. And since I'm doing it for myself, I thought, "why not do it for everyone?". Technology has that benefit, once you do it for yourself, it costs little to share it.
So, I'd like to ask what you are looking for in an eteaching system. You know, I've… Continue
Over the last several months, I've been corresponding with Mike Marzio, the wonderful engineer behind Real-English videos. Corresponding about a campaign to raise funds for Zacharia, a poor, bright spirited deaf man in Kenya.
We wondered how to go about it. Would others respond? Fortunately, Mike has the resolve and has got things organized, including a website where… Continue
Added by ddeubel on September 6, 2010 at 3:45am —
Well, it is finally here! TEFList, the video ELT job site. A l ot of work went into it and it really does some amazing things. Ning is charging us through the nose and I hope any revenue provided by TEFList will help our community survive.
1)All the jobs in ELT in one spot (no being a chicken with your head cut off)… Continue
Added by ddeubel on September 2, 2010 at 4:00am —
Jeremy Harmer made a comment in defense of big publishers the other day. He said, "the cost of producing a book is horrendous these days, the investment staggeringly high."
I took that as a challenge so within 8 hours I CREATED and PUBLISHED a book. Not some frothy, blablabla book but something substantial and which practicing teachers or teacher training programs can use.… Continue
Added by ddeubel on August 16, 2010 at 7:33pm —
I really enjoyed Charles Leadbeater's - "We-Think" (see the cool video clip of its premise HERE). He really hit the nail on the head when it came to how the world was changing due to communicative technologies, Web 2.0 and the rise of the "amateur" and mass participation in innovation/ideas.
I just got home after a morning of observing two classrooms. One was wonderful, a place that all students would long to be in. One was dreadful, a place that students would only just barely tolerate and where one student actually said, when asked to make a metaphor using the word school, “School is jail”.
What made them different? On the face of it they were both… Continue
Added by ddeubel on April 12, 2010 at 6:36pm —
Here is a presentation in a series I produced. (get all of them, all inspirational, on EFL Classroom 2.0) about what is the defining character of a teacher. I'll let you watch and not let the cat out of the bag. Let me know if you agree....…