This summary was contributed by Chris Wilson and was first posted on his blog here where the tweets look much better! It is reproduced here with his kind permission. 

 

What’s in your Essential Teacher’s Kit?

 

This Wednesday’s (25/04/2012) 12 pm chat topic was “what’s in your essential teachers kit” all the things you wouldn’t want to be without in the classroom and it generated over 500 tweets! That’s a lot of items!

Main themes:

  • What is really essential?
  • What do you take into every lesson?
  • How is your ETK different for different ages.
  • What mindset do you bring with you into the classroom?
  • Hitech vs low tech [replacing paper resources with tech]
  • Teaching online as opposed to offline
  • Resources, such as photos, postits, dice, mini whiteboards etc that can be used for many different activities.
  • What students bring vs what teachers bring
  • Items for CPD and Language clarification during the lesson.
  • Resources as only the physical embodiment of the mentality and ideas we enter the classroom with.

 

Some tweets:

Essential:

If the key word is “essential” then, students, teacher, a board of some kind and an open mind. #eltchat

@OUPELTGlobal

OUP ELT Global
define essential – surely only essential things are T & SS? #eltchat

@teflgeek

David Petrie
laptop, data projector, headset, USB speaker,markers, blue-tack, a board, extra pens, pencils, sheets of paper, rubbers, tipex#eltchat

@AlexandraKouk

A. Koukoumialou
I also carry around some activities for fast finishers#ELTchat

@createch1

Daniela Zallocco
blank paper, coloured pencils, dice #eltchat

@harrisonmike

Mike Harrison
Tell you what it’s gonna have to be a bloody big bag to fit all these essentials in 🙂 #ELTChat

@Shaunwilden

Shaunwilden

Language items:

I also like to have a good dictionary & grammar book 2 hand 4 ref & a set of lateral thinking puzzles for those ‘flagging’ moments #eltchat

@rliberni

Berni Wall

For Activities

I always have class vocabulary cards to hand, useful for revision games like taboo #eltchat

@wellmichelle

Michelle Hughes
“@Shaunwilden: @MrChrisJWilson Why are post-its essential? #eltchat” loads of reasons, games, vocabualry records around the class, rewards

@reasons4

gareth davies

Hi-tech:

#ELTchat 1.student devices w internet access, 2. my usb & also 3. pref internet connex enabling me to use iGoogle to access all my links 🙂

@JoHart

JoHart
Here’s a glogster of my Teacher Survial Kit for Young Learners w/ explanation http://t.co/0R3IqWQ0 #eltchat

@ShellTerrell

Shelly S Terrell
Essential for me at present is a good Skype connection and reliable internet! #eltchat

@rliberni

Berni Wall
Interesting that many of the practical things mentioned in the kit can be replaced by technology nowadays.#justsaying #eltchat

@theteacherjames

James Taylor

More abstract

#eltchat it’s essential to know where your students are coming from, and that they’re individualshttp://t.co/FHe55l23

@harrisonmike

Mike Harrison
An ETK is a PLN is an ETK… #eltchat

@bnleez

Benjamin Stewart
An ETK is a philosophy, ideology, and based on a set of theories. #eltchat

@bnleez

Benjamin Stewart

What do you get students to bring?

#eltchat does anyone have things they require Ss to bring to lessons?

@NikkiFortova A free newspaper, a menu or a leaflet – grabbed on the way to school – can be useful.. #eltchat

Always on you:

Can’t say it’s essential but I like to know that there are markers and poster (butcher?) paper nearby just in case#eltchat

@michaelegriffin

Michael Griffin
I used to always carry around a box of cuisenaire rods, they are good for many things #ELTChat

@Shaunwilden

Shaunwilden
“@Shaunwilden: so let’s boil it down to one thing you’d always have in your bag? #eltchat” actialy changing mine to a smile 🙂

@reasons4

gareth davies
RT @Shaunwilden: so let’s boil it down to one thing you’d always have in your bag? #eltchat >A ball!

@worldteacher

Andrea Wade

Reflective practices:

Another item in my kit: an ideas notebook, so anything general that crops up in class or out, doesn’t get forgotten.#eltchat

@theteacherjames

James Taylor

Wouldn’t be #ELTchat without Dogme

@ShellTerrell Dogme survival kit: pad, pens, whiteboard, post-its. Not that different really, is it? 🙂 #ELTChat

@theteacherjames

James Taylor
@theteacherjames @ShellTerrell 4 me #thedword IS part of my survival kit-kowing we can all survive (and more) w/o a coursebook. #eltchat

@michaelegriffin

Michael Griffin

Some links shared:

http://t.co/0R3IqWQ0
http://t.co/eNedQtB5
http://t.co/R4nzs9zT
http://t.co/7MkDgkNY
http://t.co/eSob0L8M
http://t.co/1HFn5hw9
http://t.co/8FhBFBwI

Some things I found interesting from the discussion.

Several times teachers mentioned resources and others suggested were bdd because they had never seen them work. Perhaps this goes along with the idea that some teachers can/can’t use a resource/teach in certain ways but can use other tools/methods.

In general, we seamed to come to the conclusion that really the only essential things are, the teacher, the student, knowledge of the subject, though we all have our favourite items and resources. Perhaps the name “Essential” was a bit misleading and something like “emergency teachers kit” would have been better?

Anyway, it was interesting to see how few items we really require when teaching.

 For the complete transcript click here. 

 

About the Author

Chris Wilson

 

Christopher Wilson   @MrChrisJWilson

Follower of Jesus, English teaching in Dnipro Ukraine ,speaker of poor Russian and blogger of http://eltsquared.co.uk