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Katherine Ruddick Matheson
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5 Strategies for Teaching the Interpersonal Mode
Source: informedmag.com license Conversation is the number one skill my students want to improve, and always tops their lists of "most challenging" (and "most enjoyable") tasks. I consider it the most complex of the three communicative modes: you have to li...
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A change of heart about cell phones
Pabak Sarkar   license I've written several times about how I use (and encourage) cell phone use in class. You can read old blog posts about it here and here . Generally, in the past, I have been fairly lax about students having cell phones in class. I have...
A change of heart about cell phones
A change of heart about cell phones
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How do you make a language lab when you don't have one?
by Walter Parenteau   license I cut my baby teacher teeth in a language lab. It was a really nice setup in a public high school: 30 computers hooked up to a Sony lab system, with a full-time lab assistant to help you. A language lab has at least three modes...
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3 resolutions for the new school year
source Ahhh, the end of August: the nights are getting cooler, the mornings are a little bit darker, and Labor Day is looming. Summer is almost over and school is about to begin! Obviously, every teacher mourns the end of summer, and I'm no different. But a...
3 resolutions for the new school year
3 resolutions for the new school year
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5 takeaways from #nectfl16
by Anthony Quintano via Flickr   license Last week I went to the NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Conferences in New York City. It was excellent! In addition to being back in Manhattan -- which was wonderful, despite the Ar...
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5 ways to use your Verba card set
Verba, from The Pericles Group Do you have a Verba set yet? If you're unfamiliar with the game, you can read my previous post about it here . Playing Verba according to the rules is loads of fun, but you can also use those cool playing cards in many other w...
5 ways to use your Verba card set
5 ways to use your Verba card set
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Why Evernote is the best lesson/unit planning tool ever
By User:ZyMOS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons I've written about Evernote as a lesson planning tool on this blog before, but now that I'm going on five years as a complete Evernote convert, I thought I'd celebrate that anniversary by discussing how I...
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Sprucing up the syllabus
original by Steven Depolo via Flickr license The first day of school can be so rough on kids. Too often we teachers spend all day doing administrivia--syllabus reading, folder organization, seat assignments, tech setups--which is why, for years, I've spread...
Sprucing up the syllabus
Sprucing up the syllabus
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Communicating classroom culture with infographics
by Aaron "tango" Tang via Flickr license I like simplicity, especially when it comes to class rules. As a high school teacher that meets with multiple classes a day, sometimes in multiple rooms, I need my classroom expectations to be clear, simple and fair....
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My Teacher-on-Summer-Vacation Reading List
Photo by Spirit-Fire license Anyone who knows me at all knows that I love to read. To me, there is nothing better in the summer than lying on whatever flat/comfy surface is available (couch, chair, beach towel, hammock etc.) and reading my book all afternoo...
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