What principles do you follow when you prepare your own teaching materials?

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What principles do you follow when you prepare your own teaching materials?

Transcript for January 5, 2011, 3 p.m. GMT

3:01 pm janetbianchini: Hi all from a cloudy Abruzzo – what is the #ELTchat topic today??
3:01 pm europeaantje: @Fuertesun @SueAnnan #ELTchat topic is cats ???
3:02 pm Marisa_C: Hello and welcomt to #ELTchat our topic is What principles do you follow when you prepare your own teaching materials?
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3:02 pm Fuertesun: @janetbianchini Hi janet not sure bout the topic #ELTchat
3:02 pm sandymillin: RT @Marisa_C: Hello and welcomt to #ELTchat our topic is What principles do you follow when you prepare your own teaching materials?
3:02 pm SueannaN: @Fuertesun wow. Yes I’ve got two little three-year-old s from the same litter. One black and one tabby #ELTchat
3:02 pm ELTchat: RT @Marisa_C: Hello and welcome to #ELTchat our topic is What principles do you follow when you prepare your own teaching materials?
3:02 pm Fuertesun: @europeaantje YES cats and TEFL tchrs similarities and diffs #ELTchat
3:02 pm janetbianchini: For the next hour, my tweets will be dedicated to #ELTChat 🙂
3:02 pm SueannaN: @europeaantje Very funny #ELTchat
3:02 pm englishraven: Everyone fired up and ready for some #ELTChat? The Raven has stayed up to 2am especially to share your august company (in January, no less!)
3:02 pm englishraven: RT @ELTchat: RT @Marisa_C: Hello and welcome to #ELTchat our topic is What principles do you follow when you prepare your own teaching materials?
3:02 pm europeaantje: @Fuertesun 🙂 #ELTchat
3:02 pm Marisa_C: RT @janetbianchini: For the next hour, my tweets will be dedicated to #ELTChat 🙂 > mine too 🙂 Join in ELT people!
3:03 pm SueannaN: RT @Marisa_C: Hello and welcomt to #ELTchat our topic is What principles do you follow when you prepare your own teaching materials?
3:03 pm Fuertesun: @englishraven well done good for you:) #ELTChat
3:03 pm cecilialcoelho: @englishraven Glad to have you Jason!!!!! #ELTChat
3:03 pm Shaunwilden: @englishraven Wow we’re honoured 😉 still i guess the cricket is not worth getting up for so you can lie in 🙂 #ELTChat
3:03 pm Marisa_C: RT @englishraven: Everyone fired up and ready for some #ELTChat? The Raven has stayed up to 2am especially to share your august company!
3:03 pm Fuertesun: RT @Shaunwilden: @englishraven Wow we’re honoured 😉 still i guess the cricket is not worth getting up for so you can lie in 🙂 #ELTChat
3:03 pm englishraven: @Shaunwilden Oi! No cricket stuff in #ELTChat! Don’t make me refer it upstairs mate… 🙂
3:03 pm esolcourses: RT @Fuertesun: @englishraven well done good for you:) #ELTChat
3:04 pm Marisa_C: @englishraven Great to have you here, Jason! #ELTChat
3:04 pm eshwaranv: Phew… Just made it on time for #eltchat… Hi everyone!
3:04 pm europeaantje: RT @Marisa_C: @englishraven Great to have you here, Jason! #ELTChat
3:04 pm janetbianchini: Wow! 2am?? @englishraven That is very dedicated, Jason! #ELTchat
3:04 pm esolcourses: RT @ELTchat: RT @Marisa_C: welcome to #ELTchat our topic is What principles do you follow when you prepare your own teaching materials?
3:04 pm englishraven: Right, so principles, people… Principles when you design your ELT materials. Shoot! #ELTChat
3:04 pm eshwaranv: Phew… Made it to #eltchat… Hi everyone! 🙂
3:05 pm PearsonLongman: @gret reflects on her most memorable teaching moments http://bit.ly/ew6Xjc #eltchat #esl
3:05 pm Marisa_C: @esolcourses Hellow there Sue and congrats on your site award – applauseeee! #ELTchat
3:05 pm eshwaranv: RT @Marisa_C: Hello and welcomt to #ELTchat our topic is What principles do you follow when you prepare your own teaching materials?
3:05 pm sandymillin: RT @Marisa_C: @esolcourses Hellow there Sue and congrats on your site award – applauseeee! #ELTchat <2nded
3:05 pm esolcourses: Hi Marisa, and thank you 🙂 #ELTChat
3:05 pm gret: RT @Marisa_C: @esolcourses Hellow there Sue and congrats on your site award – applauseeee! #ELTchat #ELTChat
3:05 pm Shaunwilden: Principles would be the reasoning behind why prepare wouldn’t it? #ELTChat
3:05 pm englishraven: @Marisa_C I think a principle is a belief, whereas a technique is a mode of delivery… #ELTChat
3:06 pm SueannaN: RT @Marisa_C: RT @janetbianchini: For the next hour, my tweets will be dedicated to #ELTChat 🙂 > mine too 🙂 Join in ELT people!
3:06 pm Marisa_C: @cecilialcoelho #ELTchat – well very often people mention activitie in lieu of principles – we can even talk about criteria if you all like
3:06 pm janetbianchini: Fun, meaningful, practical, should be relevant to students’ needs #eltchat #esl
3:06 pm Shaunwilden: RT @englishraven: @Marisa_C I think a principle is a belief, whereas a technique is a mode of delivery… #ELTChat Oh I like that defintion
3:06 pm europeaantje: my shot: my mats have to help my sts learn sth #eltchat
3:06 pm esolcourses: RT @janetbianchini: Fun, meaningful, practical, should be relevant to students’ needs #eltchat #esl ] U beat me to it, Janet!
3:06 pm eshwaranv: No.1 on my list would be the learners. #eltchat
3:06 pm Marisa_C: RT @Shaunwilden: RT @englishraven: @Marisa_C I think a principle is a belief, whereas a technique is a mode of delivery… #ELTChat Like!
3:06 pm Fuertesun: RT @janetbianchini: Fun, meaningful, practical, should be relevant to students’ needs #eltchat #esl
3:06 pm sandymillin: #eltchat Should look professional (someone blogged about this recently)
3:06 pm sandymillin: RT @eshwaranv: No.1 on my list would be the learners. #eltchat
3:06 pm ddeubel: Principle #1 – always a photo. I’ve seen so many text only worksheets that aren’t worth the paper…. #ELTchat
3:07 pm eshwaranv: No.2 would be design #eltchat
3:07 pm SueannaN: RT @janetbianchini: Fun, meaningful, practical, should be relevant to students’ needs #eltchat #esl > I agree
3:07 pm englishraven: RT @ddeubel: Principle #1 – always a photo. I’ve seen so many text only worksheets that aren’t worth the paper…. #ELTchat
3:07 pm janetbianchini: RT @Marisa_C @esolcourses Hellow there Sue and congrats on your site award – applauseeee! #ELTchat – Well done Sue!
3:07 pm eshwaranv: and No. 3 would be content. #eltchat
3:07 pm Marisa_C: @Shaunwilden So what beliefs drive your materials design? Go on! Fess up! #ELTChat
3:07 pm Shaunwilden: whether is suits the purpose of the lesson be it a skill or language point – not just cos it looks interesting to the tchr #ELTChat
3:07 pm englishraven: @ddeubel So, fair to say one of your principles is for visualisation of some sort? #ELTChat
3:07 pm europeaantje: RT @Shaunwilden: whether is suits the purpose of the lesson be it a skill or language point – not just cos it looks interesting to the tchr #ELTChat
3:07 pm surreallyno: Key -principles: engagement, empowerment , application, interaction. #ELTchat
3:07 pm Fuertesun: @Shaunwilden so it has to have substance huh? #ELTChat
3:08 pm gret: @PearsonLongman aww thanks so much for sharing my post! I really appreciate it! #ELTChat
3:08 pm sandymillin: RT @Shaunwilden: whether is suits the purpose of the lesson – not just cos it looks interesting to the tchr #ELTChat <yes
3:08 pm willycard: Hello #ELTchat (ters)
3:08 pm Fuertesun: @willycard hi #ELTchat
3:08 pm Marisa_C: @englishraven It’s jus you ‘n me boy…. South vs North hemi,… #ELTChat
3:08 pm SueannaN: #ELTchat I think teachers have to be sensitive to the nationalities they are preparing for too
3:08 pm vladkaslniecko: number 1 for me wud be meet the needs of learners…and yes desing in IMPORTANT #ELTchat
3:08 pm eshwaranv: @sandymillin Oh yes…. Glitz and glamor in lessons takes you nowhere. #eltchat
3:08 pm Marisa_C: RT @vladkaslniecko: number 1 for me wud be meet the needs of learners…and yes design in IMPORTANT #ELTchat
3:08 pm Shaunwilden: @Fuertesun Well yes in that I have seen many a tchr use sth cos they like it not thinking about the class #ELTChat
3:09 pm englishraven: @Fuertesun @willycard @vladkaslniecko @SueAnnan @sandymillin Great to have yas on board for #ELTChat!
3:09 pm europeaantje: RT @vladkaslniecko: number 1 for me wud be meet the needs of learners…and yes desing in IMPORTANT #ELTchat
3:09 pm cecilialcoelho: RT @SueAnnan: #ELTchat I think Ts have 2 b sensitive 2 the nationalities they are preparing 4 too > Agree…cultural diff really important!
3:09 pm Fuertesun: @Shaunwilden yes time fillers rather than appropriate you’re right #ELTChat
3:09 pm esolcourses: @englishraven @ddeubel I’m inclined to agree that visuals are important, but not sure I’d agree visuals are always necessary… #ELTchat
3:09 pm ddeubel: @englishraven yep. Context for the underlying meaning. #eltchat
3:09 pm englishraven: @Marisa_C It’s that Athens-Melbourne thing, isn’t it? 🙂 #ELTChat
3:09 pm vladkaslniecko: but it doesn’t need to be a “paper” material, hmmm? #ELTchat
3:09 pm europeaantje: RT @vladkaslniecko: but it doesn’t need to be a “paper” material, hmmm? #eltchat | no, eh?
3:09 pm eshwaranv: This is my fav: Do not use tech for the sake of it. #eltchat
3:09 pm janetbianchini: RT @ddeubel Principle #1 – always a photo. I’ve seen so many text only worksheets that aren’t worth the paper. #ELTchat – visually appealing
3:09 pm Marisa_C: So the needs of the learners must be considered first – OBVIOUS but not always followed … 🙂 #ELTchat
3:09 pm alanmtait: #ELTchat – I meant – maybe #3 – as little on paper as possible.
3:09 pm Shaunwilden: @Marisa_C I think my beliefs are the same as those already listed, but mainly motivating, useful and engaging #ELTChat
3:09 pm wellingtonros: RT @eshwaranv: This is my fav: Do not use tech for the sake of it. #eltchat
3:10 pm Shaunwilden: RT @Marisa_C: So the needs of the learners must be considered first – OBVIOUS but not always followed … 🙂 #ELTchat
3:10 pm Fuertesun: @englishraven thanks Jason #ELTChat
3:10 pm gret: @cecilialcoelho @SueAnnan Agreed Sue! Knowing our learners and understanding them is really important when designing material #ELTChat
3:10 pm sandymillin: RT @Shaunwilden: @Marisa_C mainly motivating, useful and engaging #ELTChat <motivating especially imp. < learners must c why u use it
3:10 pm Marisa_C: @janetbianchini @ddeubel So your #1 principle is: Include a strong visual element #ELTchat(translating techniques into principles – hehe)
3:11 pm surreallyno: I use paper only when really needed. Otherwise, games, role-play, videos, online games #ELTchat
3:11 pm eshwaranv: RT @esolcourses: @englishraven @ddeubel Visuals must be used but judiciously. #eltchat
3:11 pm Fuertesun: @Marisa_C Pictures speak words… #1 #ELTchat
3:11 pm cecilialcoelho: @Marisa_C @vladkaslniecko I agree the visual should b considered too… good looks make it more enticing – not essential, but good #ELTchat
3:11 pm Shaunwilden: RT @surreallyno: I use paper only when really needed. Otherwise, games, role-play, videos, online games #ELTchat
3:11 pm vladkaslniecko: get them interested in topic, make it relevant for them…that’s something only teacher knows about HIS/HER stds #ELTchat
3:11 pm surreallyno: I don’t have a textbook either :)phew…#ELTchat
3:11 pm cecilialcoelho: RT @surreallyno: I use paper only when really needed. Otherwise, games, role-play, videos, online games #ELTchat> I like that
3:11 pm englishraven: @alanmtait Actually, I agree w/ technique of having a lot of empty space = principle: learners will contribute to/shape materials #ELTChat
3:11 pm esolcourses: @englishraven @ddeubel maybe… though to approach it from another angle, why not get learners to supply the visuals? 🙂 #ELTChat
3:11 pm eshwaranv: @surreallyno Oh yes… And textbooks are definitely not the end of the world. #eltchat
3:12 pm sandymillin: Are we talking about materials or activities? 😉 #eltchat
3:12 pm Marisa_C: @vladkaslniecko So… choose topics which motivate and engage the learners – How do you find out? #ELTchat
3:12 pm SueannaN: I like to make sure that there are a variety of skills involved to involve all learning styles #ELTChat
3:12 pm vbenevolofranca: Managed to join #eltchat now!
3:12 pm Marisa_C: @sandymillin Both I guess – #eltchat
3:12 pm englishraven: @ddeubel I don’t disagree… A goodly proportion of my materials have a visual of some sort on them. #ELTChat
3:12 pm cecilialcoelho: I try not to put everything on the worksheet (if there’s a paper) but rather leaving SS space for taking their own notes #ELTChat
3:12 pm Shaunwilden: RT @sandymillin: Are we talking about materials or activities? 😉 #eltchat Don’t the two go together?
3:12 pm europeaantje: RT @sandymillin: Are we talking about materials or activities? 😉 #eltchat 1 thought we were talking our OWN materials?
3:12 pm esolcourses: RT @englishraven: @ddeubel I don’t disagree… A goodly proportion of my materials have a visual of some sort on them. #ELTChat
3:12 pm surreallyno: Principle 1 : Engagement- without it, I may very well lecture to myself. #ELTchat
3:13 pm eshwaranv: @Marisa_C Interact with the learners prior to the actual classes and get their pulse. #eltchat
3:13 pm gret: @surreallyno Engagement is so important! #ELTChat
3:13 pm englishraven: @Shaunwilden That’s a good principle right there… Materials should represent (or facilitate) activities? #ELTChat
3:13 pm sandymillin: RT @gret: @surreallyno Engagement is so important! #ELTChat
3:13 pm janetbianchini: Visual as a hook works effectively! . #ELTChat
3:13 pm Marisa_C: Have you ever asked your Ss which topics fire them up? Most teachers have odd ideas abt what keeps teen, e.g. motivated 🙂 #ELTchat
3:13 pm surreallyno: Principle2: Empowerment- empower students to USE what you teach. Focus on the content but also on the SKILL. #ELTchat
3:13 pm willycard: #ELTchat I enjoy: open-endedness / divergence as principles
3:13 pm europeaantje: @englishraven very ozzie Raven “i don´t disagree” #ELTChat
3:13 pm eshwaranv: RT @willycard: #ELTchat I enjoy: open-endedness / divergence as principles
3:14 pm Shaunwilden: RT @Marisa_C: Have you ever asked your Ss which topics fire them up? Most teachers have odd ideas abt what keeps teen, e.g. motivated 🙂 #ELTchat
3:14 pm englishraven: RT @janetbianchini: Visual as a hook works effectively! . #ELTChat -> Agree, and like the notion of the hook!
3:14 pm esolcourses: RT @Marisa_C: Have U ever asked your Ss which topics fire them up? Most tchs have odd ideas abt what keeps teen, e.g. motivated 🙂 #ELTchat
3:14 pm sandymillin: RT @Marisa_C: ever asked your Ss which topics fire them up? Most teachers have odd ideas abt what keeps teen, motivated 🙂 #ELTchat <tru
3:14 pm vladkaslniecko: @Marisa_C ask them, talk a lot with them and get them write about it, we had a classroom journal last year,u can learn a lot #ELTchat
3:14 pm Fuertesun: @Marisa_C I get them to tick a list of topics that interst them evry term #ELTchat
3:14 pm cecilialcoelho: RT @willycard: #ELTchat I enjoy: open-endedness / divergence as principles> Like that too Willy…. fosters SS as thinkers, not just “doers”
3:14 pm ddeubel: RT @englishraven: @Shaunwilden That’s a good principle right there… Materials should represent (or facilitate) activities? #ELTChat
3:14 pm Marisa_C: @vladkaslniecko A great idea to ask them – give them Q-aires – get them involved that way too #ELTchat
3:14 pm esolcourses: RT @Fuertesun: @Marisa_C I get them to tick a list of topics that interst them evry term #ELTchat ] same here – it’s how I plan my SOW
3:14 pm englishraven: RT @esolcourses: RT @Marisa_C: Have U ever asked your Ss which topics fire them up? Most tchs have odd ideas abt what keeps teen, e.g. motivated 🙂 #ELTchat
3:15 pm willycard: @vbenevolofranca Hi Valeria!! #eltchat
3:15 pm harrisonmike: Argh! I’m late. What is the #ELTchat topic???
3:15 pm europeaantje: RT @willycard: #ELTchat I enjoy: open-endedness / divergence as principles | me too, just couldn´t find the words 🙂
3:15 pm Marisa_C: RT @vladkaslniecko A great idea to ask them – give them Q-aires – get them involved that way too #ELTchat
3:15 pm englishraven: RT @cecilialcoelho: RT @willycard: #ELTchat I enjoy: open-endedness / divergence as principles> Like that too Willy…. fosters SS as thinkers, not just “doers”
3:15 pm cybraryman1: My Vocabulary page http://cybraryman.com/vocabulary.html engchat #eltchat #elemchat ellchat
3:15 pm Celinejr: RT @surreallyno: Principle2: Empowerment- empower students to USE what you teach. Focus on the content but also on the SKILL. #ELTchat
3:15 pm vladkaslniecko: @esolcourses @Marisa_C when i had teenagers last yar, we worked a lot with Twilight saga…use the content to show them language #ELTchat
3:15 pm Marisa_C: RT @cecilialcoelho: RT @willycard: #ELTchat I enjoy: open-endedness / divergence (creativity) as principles> good principles, both of them
3:16 pm englishraven: @harrisonmike Principles associated with preparing materials for your classes… #ELTChat
3:16 pm vbenevolofranca: Teen learners today are surrounded by images. It´s an integral part of their lives. Think materials/activites need visual element. #eltchat
3:16 pm DinaDobrou: RT @cecilialcoelho: RT @willycard: #ELTchat I enjoy: open-endedness / divergence as principles> Like that too Willy…. fosters SS as thinkers, not just “doers”
3:16 pm ddeubel: RT @cecilialcoelho: RT @willycard: #ELTchat I enjoy: open-endedness / divergence as principles> Like that too Willy…. fosters SS as thinkers, not just “doers”
3:16 pm englishraven: RT @vbenevolofranca: Teen learners today are surrounded by images. It´s an integral part of their lives. Think materials/activites need visual element. #eltchat
3:16 pm Marisa_C: RT @Fuertesun: @Marisa_C I get them to tick a list of topics that interst them evry term #ELTchat – another good idea here
3:16 pm surreallyno: Principle 3: Application – s should apply what they learn in real-life context. Create stories to share, dialogues w/family, etc #ELTchat
3:16 pm amorim_kelly: RT @vbenevolofranca: Teen learners today are surrounded by images. It´s an integral part of their lives. Think materials/activites need visual element. #eltchat
3:16 pm Fuertesun: I have to say use very ittle of my OWN material thats the norm huh? #eltchat
3:16 pm cecilialcoelho: @harrisonmike What principles do you follow when you prepare your own teaching materials? #ELTChat
3:17 pm sandymillin: @Fuertesun #eltchat wish it were – but have coursebook-bound syllabus – try to vary it when I can
3:17 pm harrisonmike: Look for inspiration anywhere and everywhere for a start #eltchat
3:17 pm janetbianchini: Yes, I sometimes ask learners to choose topics they would like to discuss -so it comes from them, not me all the time #ELTChat
3:17 pm eshwaranv: Study materials shouldn’t just transfer knowledge. It should enable the learners to make connections. #eltchat
3:17 pm gret: RT @harrisonmike: Look for inspiration anywhere and everywhere for a start #eltchat #ELTChat
3:17 pm eshwaranv: RT @harrisonmike: Look for inspiration anywhere and everywhere for a start #eltchat
3:17 pm alanmtait: @harrisonmike Too late Mike – we’re not telling you. You’ll have to guess ; #eltchat
3:18 pm vladkaslniecko: i remember @ShellTerrell told me she asks her stds to make a list of topics they want to talk about; 1 topic for 1 lesson – great #ELTchat
3:18 pm Marisa_C: @surreallyno So the principle is “Design material/activs which echo real life tasks;” #ELTchat
3:18 pm Celinejr: What will I use to make sure I reach all students? How do I check they can use what they have learned? #ELTChat
3:18 pm europeaantje: @alanmtait @harrisonmike LOL #eltchat
3:18 pm englishraven: RT @eshwaranv: Study materials shouldn’t just transfer knowledge. It should enable the learners to make connections. #eltchat > Like that!
3:18 pm esolcourses: I like to personalise/adapt. A lot of the materials I use with learners follows on from work they produced in prev. sessions. #ELTchat
3:18 pm cecilialcoelho: Many times I try to find an angle within the topic I have to cover (from the school’s syllabus) that might fit SS’ interests better #ELTChat
3:18 pm eshwaranv: Planning the structure of your study material in such a way that it provides a flexible learning environment. #eltchat
3:18 pm janetbianchini: RT @vbenevolofranca Teen learners today are surrounded by images. It´s an integral part of their lives…. need visual element. #eltchat
3:18 pm willycard: #eltchat always good to remind that learners DON’T have to be doing the same thing at the same time
3:18 pm Marisa_C: RT @eshwaranv: Planning the structure of your study material in such a way that it provides a flexible learning environment. #eltchat
3:19 pm Marisa_C: RT @willycard: #eltchat always good to remind that learners DON’T have to be doing the same thing at the same time
3:19 pm englishraven: @Celinejr Are those questions you are asking now, or Qs you ask by principle when preparing your materials? 🙂 #ELTChat
3:19 pm SueannaN: RT @janetbianchini: Yes, I smetims ask learnrs 2 choose topics they wld lk 2 discuss -so it comes from thm, nt me al the time #ELTChat> me 2
3:19 pm esolcourses: RT @willycard: #eltchat always good to remind that learners DON’T have to be doing the same thing at the same time ] good point
3:19 pm vladkaslniecko: @cecilialcoelho yes exactly, i have 2 follow syllabus but sometimes it’s so hmmm not inspiring or interesting for them #ELTchat
3:19 pm englishraven: RT @esolcourses: RT @willycard: #eltchat always good to remind that learners DON’T have to be doing the same thing at the same time ] good point
3:19 pm harrisonmike: @alanmtait Too late, they already did! ;o) #eltchat
3:19 pm gret: RT @Marisa_C: @surreallyno So the principle is “Design material/activs which echo real life tasks;” #ELTchat
3:19 pm DinaDobrou: RT @harrisonmike: Look for inspiration anywhere and everywhere for a start #eltchat > And have a specific class in mind maybe?
3:19 pm gret: RT @vladkaslniecko: i remember @ShellTerrell told me she asks her stds to make a list of topics they want to talk about; 1 topic for 1 lesson – great #ELTchat
3:20 pm cecilialcoelho: @Marisa_C @willycard They don’t have 2 b doing the same thing at the same time, but depending on the T’s load… diff to b differnt #eltchat
3:20 pm SueannaN: RT @cecilialcoelho: Many times I try to find an angle within the topic I have to cover (from the school’s syllabus) that might fit SS’ interests better #ELTChat
3:20 pm vladkaslniecko: and when i want them to speak, it should be something they WANT to speak about #ELTchat
3:20 pm Fuertesun: @sandymillin I’m coursebook bound too! know how you feel #eltchat
3:20 pm eshwaranv: Syllabus is mandatory… Textbooks aren’t. #eltchat
3:20 pm harrisonmike: Agreed RT @willycard: #eltchat always good to remind that learners DON’T have to be doing the same thing at the same time
3:20 pm sandymillin: RT @europeaantje: RT @sandymillin: Are we talking abt materials or activities? 😉 #eltchat 1 thought we were tlking our OWN materials? >me 2
3:20 pm cecilialcoelho: @vladkaslniecko And finding that more interesting angle can be quite challenging, espec with some of the topics #ELTchat
3:20 pm surreallyno: Textbooks are just instruments – drop them. Look for knowledge and skills you want your students to have. #ELTchat
3:20 pm Shaunwilden: RT @vladkaslniecko: and when i want them to speak, it should be something they WANT to speak about #ELTchat Completely agree 🙂
3:20 pm englishraven: I particularly like that principle of the material/activity interface. Must avoid temptation to do all the work/thinking on paper. #ELTChat
3:20 pm janetbianchini: RT @Marisa_C @surreallyno So the principle is “Design material/activs which echo real life tasks;” #ELTchat
3:20 pm willycard: RT @Celinejr: What will I use to make sure I reach all sts? How do I check they can use what they’ve learned? #ELTChat Self-assessment helps
3:21 pm esolcourses: RT @englishraven: I particularly like that principle of the material/activity interface. Must avoid temptation to do all the work/thinking on paper. #ELTChat
3:21 pm Celinejr: @englishraven I just like to remind myself of those when I get a lesson ready…making sure I do not lose my objective #ELTChat
3:21 pm eshwaranv: RT @Celinejr: @englishraven I just like to remind myself of those when I get a lesson ready…making sure I do not lose my objective #ELTChat
3:21 pm Celinejr: RT @surreallyno: Textbooks are just instruments – drop them. Look for knowledge and skills you want your students to have. #ELTchat
3:21 pm harrisonmike: @DinaDobrou Totally, you need to know your students. You get to know them thru the course of a course – find what works and use it #eltchat
3:21 pm cecilialcoelho: @englishraven Agree 100% with you there Mr. Raven (re interface and not doing all the thinking)… very tempting #ELTChat
3:21 pm sandymillin: RT @englishraven: I like tht principle of material/activity interface. Must avoid temptation to do all the work/thinking on paper. #ELTChat
3:21 pm englishraven: @Celinejr Right – thanks for that clarification! And I think that IS a good principle to have. #ELTChat
3:22 pm gret: @janetbianchini @Marisa_C @surreallyno meaningful tasks are so important! It gets our students motivated too! #ELTChat
3:22 pm SueannaN: RT @englishraven: I particularly like that principle of the material/activity interface. Must avoid temptation to do all the work/thinking on paper. #ELTChat
3:22 pm eshwaranv: RT @gret: @janetbianchini @Marisa_C @surreallyno meaningful tasks are so important! It gets our students motivated too! #ELTChat
3:22 pm Fuertesun: RT @cecilialcoelho: @englishraven Agree 100% with you there Mr. Raven (re interface and not doing all the thinking)… very tempting #ELTChat
3:22 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @esolcourses RT @willycard: #eltchat good 2 remind that learners DON’T have 2 be doing same thing at same time>commom practice in school
3:22 pm surreallyno: Principle 4- without INTERACTION s learn in isolation. I know how I missed that in my young age. #ELTchat
3:22 pm Shaunwilden: RT @janetbianchini: @surreallyno “Design material/activs which echo real life tasks;” #ELTchat or that provide a stepping stone to real use
3:22 pm seburnt: Is there reason to do an unmeaningful task? G’morning all. #ELTchat
3:22 pm englishraven: @cecilialcoelho @sandymillin Right… so design according to an activity you want to happen, not a product scripted in advance #ELTChat
3:22 pm Marisa_C: @gret Right! Design material which makes Ss THINK of meaning, not meanigles repetition stuff #ELTChat
3:23 pm europeaantje: for all of us coursebook bound: i do most of my own mat making after i notice sts didn´t “get it”, then make sth will help better #eltchat
3:23 pm harrisonmike: Do I need to prepare my own materials. I have them right in front of me – in the students #eltchat
3:23 pm englishraven: RT @seburnt: Is there reason to do an unmeaningful task? G’morning all. #ELTchat
3:23 pm Fuertesun: @seburnt meaningful is relative huh? #ELTchat
3:23 pm eshwaranv: @seburnt Nothing specific. Unmeaningful tasks happen when teachers don’t realize it. #eltchat
3:23 pm cecilialcoelho: @englishraven Design focusing on task not on function? #ELTChat
3:23 pm Shaunwilden: RT @seburnt: Is there reason to do an unmeaningful task? G’morning all. #ELTchat Miguided teachers? Contrived language practice ….
3:23 pm europeaantje: RT @englishraven: @cecilialcoelho @sandymillin Right… so design according to an activity you want to happen, not a product scripted in advance #ELTChat
3:23 pm cecilialcoelho: @harrisonmike That is such a dogme statement Mike 😉 #eltchat
3:24 pm sandymillin: @europeaantje #eltchat edit what is in book whenever possible – but with 13 groups not always time!
3:24 pm seburnt: I use almost all original material. It’s the nature of my program. The key principle is integration into meaningful context. #ELTchat
3:24 pm europeaantje: RT @Marisa_C: @gret Right! Design material which makes Ss THINK of meaning, not meanigles repetition stuff #ELTChat
3:24 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @europeaantje: for all of us coursebook bound: i do most of my own mat making after i notice sts didn´t “get it”, then make sth will help better #eltchat
3:24 pm cecilialcoelho: @Shaunwilden @seburnt Old habits?? School policy? #ELTchat
3:24 pm gret: RT @seburnt: I use almost all original material. It’s the nature of my program. The key principle is integration into meaningful context. #ELTchat
3:24 pm Marisa_C: I’m going to be boring: Design material which fulfills your aims & not just sth u thought hhmm that’s nice! Rehearse activities #ELTchat
3:24 pm englishraven: RT @Marisa_C: I’m going to be boring: Design material which fulfills your aims & not just sth u thought hhmm that’s nice! Rehearse activities #ELTchat
3:24 pm eshwaranv: I’ve seen some ELTs doing Ctrl+c, Ctrl+v from web sites… Pathetic stuff. #eltchat
3:24 pm esolcourses: RT @seburnt: I use almost all original material. It’s the nature of my program. The key principle is integration into meaningful context. #ELTchat
3:24 pm cecilialcoelho: @Marisa_C What do you mean by rehearse activities Marisa? #ELTchat
3:25 pm seburnt: @Fuertesun Sure, meaningful is relative, but it should be meaningful to someone other than the activity writer. #ELTchat
3:25 pm BloggersELT: They tried to teach me with edtech #fromherarchives #classicblogging @esolcourseshttp://ow.ly/39uSI #edtech #eltchat
3:25 pm cecilialcoelho: @eshwaranv I’ve seen that too…sometimes without even changing the heading…gives me the creeps #eltchat
3:25 pm SueannaN: RT @cecilialcoelho: @harrisonmike That is such a dogme statement Mike 😉 #eltchat > I’m glad you said that!
3:25 pm harrisonmike: I sometimes like to take inspiration from oddball stuff like these: http://trunc.it/dn2anhttp://trunc.it/dovpe #eltchat
3:25 pm Shaunwilden: RT @Marisa_C: I’m going 2 b boring:Design mat which fulfills your aims & not just sth u thght that’s nice! #ELTchat Spot the tutor 😉
3:25 pm Marisa_C: @cecilialcoelho Run through activitie before use to make sure they generate language in your aims #ELTchat
3:25 pm gret: @Marisa_C That’s true! We sometimes think something is cool, but is it relevant? Focusing on our aims is essential. #ELTCHat
3:25 pm vladkaslniecko: @harrisonmike Mike, i wish i could see it like you… ok, maybe sometimes it happens:-P #ELTchat
3:25 pm englishraven: Hugely important — don’t discard materials after one try. Reflect, edit, adapt, recycle…? #ELTChat
3:25 pm Fuertesun: @seburnt haha yes true #ELTchat
3:25 pm europeaantje: RT @englishraven: Hugely important — don’t discard materials after one try. Reflect, edit, adapt, recycle…? #ELTChat
3:25 pm Marisa_C: RT @englishraven: Hugely important — don’t discard materials after one try. Reflect, edit, adapt, recycle…? #ELTChat Reflect key word
3:26 pm esolcourses: RT @englishraven: Hugely important — don’t discard materials after one try. Reflect, edit, adapt, recycle…? #ELTChat
3:26 pm eshwaranv: @cecilialcoelho Oh yes… With the radio buttons and the odd spacing. They don’t bother to format the text. #eltchat
3:26 pm europeaantje: @englishraven …and the reverse: don´t keep repeating the same mats w diff sts #ELTChat
3:26 pm cecilialcoelho: @Marisa_C Yes, of course… Rehearsing does not ensure not flaws / trouble, but it sure prevents some problems #ELTchat
3:26 pm harrisonmike: @SueannaN @cecilialcoelho With 24 contact hrs and 13 for ‘admin’ I can’t spend ages prepping worksheets etc =( #eltchat
3:26 pm Marisa_C: @Shaunwilden Being a tutor is second nature – what can i do?? 😀 #ELTchat
3:26 pm europeaantje: RT @harrisonmike: @SueannaN @cecilialcoelho With 24 contact hrs and 13 for ‘admin’ I can’t spend ages prepping worksheets etc =( #eltchat
3:26 pm eshwaranv: Yes RT @cecilialcoelho: @Marisa_C Yes, of course…Rehearsing does not ensure not flaws/trouble, but it sure prevents some problems #ELTchat
3:26 pm vladkaslniecko: @englishraven i keep them…but usually don’t use with another group 🙁 #ELTchat
3:26 pm Fuertesun: RT @harrisonmike: @SueannaN @cecilialcoelho With 24 contact hrs and 13 for ‘admin’ I can’t spend ages prepping worksheets =#eltchat agree
3:27 pm janetbianchini: RT @englishraven Hugely important — don’t discard materials after one try. Reflect, edit, adapt, recycle…? #ELTChat – Good point!
3:27 pm cecilialcoelho: @harrisonmike @SueannaN #eltchat Hear Hear Mike!
3:27 pm Fuertesun: RT @janetbianchini: RT @englishraven Hugely important — don’t discard materials after one try. Reflect, edit, adapt, recycle…? #ELTChat – Good point!
3:27 pm eshwaranv: RT @janetbianchini: RT @englishraven Hugely important — don’t discard materials after one try. Reflect, edit, adapt, recycle…? #ELTChat – Good point!
3:27 pm willycard: #eltchat a wise man once said “If the planning of an activity takes a lot more time than the actual doing of it, it ain’t good”- is it true?
3:27 pm SueannaN: @englishraven sometimes the same material works differently in different classes anyway #ELTChat
3:27 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @gret @Marisa_C That’s true! sometimes think something is coo, but is it relevant?Focusing on our aims is essential. #ELTCHat
3:27 pm englishraven: @europeaantje Actually, I will disagree (slightly) there. DO repeat some materials with different Ss, to see if results differ. #ELTChat
3:27 pm sandymillin: RT @harrisonmike: With 24 contact hrs and 13 for ‘admin’ I can’t spend ages prepping worksheets etc =( #eltchat <nor me
3:27 pm cecilialcoelho: @janetbianchini @englishraven Absolutely! Even if they work really well, there’s always possible reflection / improvement #ELTChat
3:27 pm SueannaN: RT @englishraven: Hugely important — don’t discard materials after one try. Reflect, edit, adapt, recycle…? #ELTChat
3:27 pm seburnt: @cecilialcoelho @Shaunwilden I think school policy is a guide, but if Sts benefit & there r results, admin won’t mind swaing away. #ELTchat
3:27 pm Shaunwilden: @Marisa_C 🙂 I can imagine how many times you’ve said the ‘design for aims’ bit in TP feedback 🙂 #ELTChat
3:27 pm Fuertesun: Who has time for preparing all these mats? #eltchat
3:27 pm harrisonmike: @vladkaslniecko Sometimes it fails hugely. Will blog about that the next time it does #eltchat A sort of ‘dogme didn’t do it’ moment
3:27 pm eshwaranv: @willycard Disagree with that one. #eltchat
3:28 pm Marisa_C: @Shaunwilden you know~ #ELTChat
3:28 pm esolcourses: @englishraven I find myself constantly re-working and adapting materials, to suit different learner groups #ELTChat
3:28 pm janetbianchini: @Marisa_C You are a natural born tutor 🙂 #ELTchat
3:28 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @willycard: #eltchat a wise man once said “If the planning of an activity takes a lot more time than the actual doing of it, it ain’t good”- is it true?
3:28 pm DinaDobrou: @Marisa_C Teacher’s tend to do that just cos an activity i be fun. But even if sts like it they feel: What’s In It For Me? (WIIFM) #ELTchat
3:28 pm englishraven: @Marisa_C @Shaunwilden I agree with the importance of aims, but also would encourage somewhat ‘aimless’ materials sometimes, too! #ELTChat
3:28 pm seburnt: @willycard That’s a pretty good rule of thumb, yes! #ELTchat
3:28 pm cecilialcoelho: @seburnt @Shaunwilden #ELTchat Can I come work for you Tyson??? Mostly true, but not completely – for me at least.
3:28 pm Fuertesun: @janetbianchini no such thing as natural born!!!! hahahah #ELTchat
3:28 pm europeaantje: @englishraven totally agreed. I meant don´t presume results will always be the same. Also, think on ur feet! #ELTChat
3:29 pm harrisonmike: Agree RT @SueannaN: RT @englishraven: Hugely important — don’t discard materials after one try. Reflect, edit, adapt, recycle…? #ELTChat
3:29 pm ddeubel: RT @harrisonmike: Do I need to prepare my own materials. I have them right in front of me – in the students #eltchat
3:29 pm cecilialcoelho: @seburnt @Shaunwilden #ELTchat In the end, u always have to cover what they had determined. You just have to find ways to do everything!
3:29 pm europeaantje: RT @cecilialcoelho: @janetbianchini @englishraven Absolutely! Even if they work really well, there’s always possible reflection / improvement #ELTChat
3:29 pm Marisa_C: RT @janetbianchini: @Marisa_C You are a natural born tutor 🙂 #ELTchat > No I am not – I make myself look natural 🙂 works both ways
3:29 pm gret: @esolcourses @englishraven me too! even if task was successful, I reflect on it and try to improve it. #ELTChat
3:29 pm BethCagnol: Stuck writing tests and grading this PM. (with the help of David Guetta’s music of course). Missing #ELTCHAT again! #bigfat🙁
3:29 pm englishraven: @esolcourses Yep, me too – 5-10 layers of review/experimentation (at least, and in some cases, years!) #ELTChat
3:29 pm Shaunwilden: got to go set up the IH #DOSconference that starts tomorrow (we’ll tweet it as much as we can) , enjoy the rest of #ELTChat
3:29 pm seburnt: @Fuertesun Most prep of materials is adaptation so you know how you’ll use it, right? Doesn’t take forever. #ELTchat
3:29 pm vladkaslniecko: @englishraven @europeaantje i used them when i had more groups of the same level…and it differed! yes! 🙂 #ELTchat
3:29 pm DinaDobrou: RT @harrisonmike: Agree RT @SueannaN: RT @englishraven: Hugely important — don’t discard materials after one try. Reflect, edit, adapt, recycle…? #ELTChat
3:29 pm englishraven: RT @europeaantje: @englishraven totally agreed. I meant don´t presume results will always be the same. Also, think on ur feet! #ELTChat
3:30 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @cecilialcoelho @Marisa_C Rehearsing #ELTchat> but need to remember students will add different contributions – this changes material
3:30 pm willycard: #ELTchat This is a must read in my opinion: Non-linearity and the observed lesson by David Mallowshttp://bit.ly/f9bg65
3:30 pm harrisonmike: @SueannaN @englishraven Blog ur lessons as a resource. I went bak to Christian the lion 1 yr later&did the lesson quite differently #eltchat
3:30 pm europeaantje: @englishraven @janetbianchini also I´ve got some pretty darn good mats that I´ve refined over the years & never fail me 🙂 #ELTChat
3:30 pm sandymillin: #eltchat http://bit.ly/fVuYZw Use Dave’s challenge to blog on failures when reflecting on activities that don’t work @englishraven
3:30 pm cecilialcoelho: @janetbianchini @englishraven @europeaantje #ELTChat Reflecting upon a mat that worked 2 put yr finger on wht made it wrk can b helpful too
3:30 pm eshwaranv: Prep time is important, but I don’t believe in it being shorter than the actual activity. Am I living a luxurious life here? #eltchat
3:30 pm englishraven: Another of my hugely important principles: If it looks/feels boring to/for YOU, probably shouldn’t go into the classroom… #ELTChat
3:31 pm englishraven: RT @cecilialcoelho: @janetbianchini @englishraven @europeaantje #ELTChat Reflecting upon a mat that worked 2 put yr finger on wht made it wrk can b helpful too
3:31 pm eshwaranv: RT @englishraven: Another of my hugely important principles: If it looks/feels boring to/for YOU, probably shouldn’t go into the classroom… #ELTChat
3:31 pm DinaDobrou: @harrisonmike @SueannaN @englishraven Sth that doesn’t work in a class can work in another. #ELTchat
3:31 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @englishraven: Another of my hugely important principles: If it looks/feels boring to/for YOU, probably shouldn’t go into the classroom… #ELTChat
3:31 pm Fuertesun: RT @englishraven: Another of my hugely important principles: If it looks/feels boring to/for YOU, probably shouldn’t go into the classroom… #ELTChat
3:31 pm englishraven: RT @europeaantje: @englishraven @janetbianchini also I´ve got some pretty darn good mats that I´ve refined over the years & never fail me 🙂 #ELTChat
3:31 pm cecilialcoelho: @vbenevolofranca @Marisa_C #ELTchat I agree Valeria, but you can predict the most probable problems.
3:31 pm europeaantje: @cecilialcoelho @janetbianchini @englishraven re reflecting: absolutely #ELTChat
3:31 pm janetbianchini: @englishraven I agree same mats I have created have different effects on diff sts #ELTchat -if sth has taken ages to do, it’s good to reuse!
3:31 pm esolcourses: @englishraven think you have to keep reviewing and adapting stuff (and sometimes taking risks) if you want to develop as a teacher #ELTChat
3:31 pm englishraven: RT @esolcourses: @englishraven think you have to keep reviewing and adapting stuff (and sometimes taking risks) if you want to develop as a teacher #ELTChat
3:31 pm europeaantje: RT @esolcourses: @englishraven think you have to keep reviewing and adapting stuff (and sometimes taking risks) if you want to develop as a teacher #ELTChat
3:31 pm Marisa_C: @cecilialcoelho yes you can – troubleshoot like a fiend! #ELTchat
3:31 pm seburnt: It’s all true–time spent creating materials is largest the first time. After that, they become part of your adaptable repertoire. #ELTchat
3:32 pm HeikePhilp: RT @shamblesguru: EVO Session VILLAGE2010 a free 5-week workshop in Second Life for Eng Lang teachers http://village.grouply.com/ #village11 #engchat #eltchat
3:32 pm europeaantje: RT @seburnt: It’s all true–time spent creating materials is largest the first time. After that, they become part of your adaptable repertoire. #ELTchat
3:32 pm cecilialcoelho: RT @DinaDobrou: @harrisonmike @SueannaN @englishraven Sth that doesn’t wrk in a class can wrk in anther. #ELTchat >Couldn’t agree more Dina!
3:32 pm Fuertesun: RT @seburnt: It’s all true–time spent creating materials is largest the first time. After that, they become part of your adaptable repertoire. #ELTchat
3:32 pm vladkaslniecko: @englishraven but….it happens sometimes that somethin really interesting for me was not that popular in class…#ELTchat
3:32 pm esolcourses: RT @englishraven: Another of my hugely important principles: If it looks/feels boring to/for YOU, probably shouldn’t go into the classroom… #ELTChat
3:32 pm englishraven: @esolcourses You’re freaky you are… saying more eloquently what’s in my head and can’t get out! #ELTChat
3:32 pm harrisonmike: Get the students to do your drawings for you (for vocab, for example) http://trunc.it/dp3jb #eltchat
3:32 pm farflungstar: #ELTChat Students + constant grammar rules + written activities = boredom | meaning + imagination + diversity + simplicity = engagement
3:32 pm englishraven: @vladkaslniecko True, but I think it’s a principle worth the risk! #ELTChat
3:32 pm vladkaslniecko: @englishraven but it’s again about getting to know your studetns 🙂 #ELTchat
3:32 pm Marisa_C: @harrisonmike that’s a trick not a principle – get back in line grrrr 🙂 #eltchat
3:32 pm seburnt: Plus, if you have confidence in your materials, students will have confidence in them. If you think they suck, they will. #ELTchat
3:33 pm miladakrajewska: Keeping sts in suspence & revealing things step by step with the board, props, images or video clips + a well-rehearsed plan #eltchat
3:33 pm cecilialcoelho: @englishraven @esolcourses That Mrs Lyon-Jones is a wonder, she is… mind blowing 😉 #ELTChat
3:33 pm SueannaN: RT @englishraven: Another of my hugely important principles: If it looks/feels boring to/for YOU, probably shouldn’t go into the classroom… #ELTChat
3:33 pm europeaantje: RT @vladkaslniecko: it happens sometimes that somethin really interesting for me was not that popular in class. | recognise that!..#ELTchat
3:33 pm harrisonmike: @DinaDobrou @SueannaN @englishraven @cecilialcoelho And you can learn a lot from using same mats with diff classes #eltchat
3:33 pm eshwaranv: RT @miladakrajewska: Keeping sts in suspence & revealing things step by step with the board, props, images or video clips + a well-rehearsed plan #eltchat
3:33 pm vbenevolofranca: @cecilialcoelho @Marisa_C Yes, troubleshooting is a good one! #ELTchat
3:33 pm Fuertesun: RT @europeaantje: RT @vladkaslniecko: it happens sometimes that somethin really interesting for me was not that popular in class. | recognise that!..#ELTchat
3:33 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @esolcourses: @englishraven think you have to keep reviewing and adapting stuff (and sometimes taking risks) if you want to develop as a teacher #ELTChat
3:33 pm esolcourses: @englishraven LOL! you’re much more eloquent than I am at 2.30am in the morning; trust me! #ELTChat
3:33 pm janetbianchini: @Fuertesun I do believe there are a few natural born teachers, but quite rare to find, otherwise most become good through time lol #ELTChat
3:33 pm englishraven: Don’t ever put on/in your materials stuff the students can’t say or write or do on their own (even if it needs a little help)? #ELTChat
3:34 pm Celinejr: RT @farflungstar: #ELTChat Students + constant grammar rules + written activities = boredom | meaning + imagination + diversity + simplicity = engagement
3:34 pm harrisonmike: @Marisa_C It’s my principle more and more ;o) #eltchat
3:34 pm europeaantje: @Marisa_C @harrisonmike hit upon a principle: don´t do the work if the sts can do it for you. Seriously. #eltchat
3:34 pm SueannaN: @harrisonmike I agree. If you take time to prepare mat, build in some variability so that it can be re-used again #eltchat
3:34 pm englishraven: RT @miladakrajewska: Keeping sts in suspence & revealing things step by step with the board, props, images or video clips + a well-rehearsed plan #eltchat
3:34 pm sandymillin: RT @europeaantje: @Marisa_C @harrisonmike hit upon a principle: don´t do the work if the sts can do it for you. Seriously. #eltchat
3:34 pm DinaDobrou: @harrisonmike & they luv it if you ask them to bring tech stuff they find online to be used in class. #ELTchat
3:34 pm Marisa_C: RT @englishraven: Don’t ever put on/in your materials stuff the students can’t say or write or do on their own #ELTChat
3:34 pm cecilialcoelho: @englishraven I might put things they can’t fo on their own if I plpan on doing it as classwork – I’ll guide the use #ELTChat
3:35 pm europeaantje: RT @englishraven: Don’t ever put on/in your materials stuff the students can’t say or write or do on their own (even if it needs a little help)? #ELTChat
3:35 pm padgets: RT @cybraryman1: My Vocabulary page http://cybraryman.com/vocabulary.html engchat #eltchat#elemchat ellchat
3:35 pm sandymillin: #eltchat I keep all materials in folders on computer – make filenames clear then can find it quickly for SS when asked
3:35 pm esolcourses: @cecilialcoelho LOL! you’re makin’ me blush now, Ceci 🙂 #ELTchat
3:35 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @SueannaN: @harrisonmike I agree. If you take time to prepare mat, build in some variability so that it can be re-used again #eltchat
3:35 pm eshwaranv: RT @sandymillin: #eltchat I keep all materials in folders on computer – make filenames clear then can find it quickly for SS when asked
3:35 pm cecilialcoelho: @seburnt @Shaunwilden Very common for admin to get caught up on what has to be covered, what has been “promised”parents… #ELTChat
3:36 pm Fuertesun: @janetbianchini got myself in hot water with that post! #ELTChat
3:36 pm englishraven: A little over halfway through #ELTChat, folks… Keeping up? Brisk pace we’ve got going tonight!
3:36 pm harrisonmike: @europeaantje @Marisa_C Not just me. @TurklishTEFL too: http://trunc.it/dik7d #eltchat
3:36 pm Fuertesun: RT @cecilialcoelho: @seburnt @Shaunwilden Very common for admin to get caught up on what has to be covered, what has been “promised”parents… #ELTChat
3:36 pm sandymillin: #eltchat When SS have to buy coursebooks, they want to use them – so I try to mix book, my mat and SS mat
3:36 pm seburnt: Student-generated material cuts down on your prep and is more meaningful to students! #ELTchat
3:36 pm janetbianchini: @europeaantje That’s great esp when u have put a lot of effort into a particular lesson (my faves consist of phrasal verbs lessons) #ELTChat
3:37 pm europeaantje: @harrisonmike good @Marisa_C kept you in line though: what are the principles? LOL #eltchat
3:37 pm cecilialcoelho: RT @seburnt: Student-generated material cuts down on your prep and is more meaningful to students! #ELTchat
3:37 pm harrisonmike: @DinaDobrou Had a good exp asking sts to find adverts on YouTube. I got material for a future lesson there! #eltchat
3:37 pm englishraven: RT @seburnt: Student-generated material cuts down on your prep and is more meaningful to students! #ELTchat –ohh yeah!
3:37 pm Marisa_C: @europeaantje te he he was just kidding #eltchat
3:37 pm cecilialcoelho: @esolcourses Good to bring a bit of color into yr cheeks 😉 #ELTchat
3:37 pm europeaantje: RT @englishraven: RT @seburnt: Student-generated material cuts down on your prep and is more meaningful to students! #ELTchat –ohh yeah!
3:37 pm SueannaN: RT @sandymillin: #eltchat I keep all materials in folders on computer – make filenames clear then can find it quickly when asked> me too
3:37 pm eshwaranv: RT @englishraven: RT @seburnt: Student-generated material cuts down on your prep and is more meaningful to students! #ELTchat –ohh yeah!
3:37 pm DinaDobrou: @europeaantje @englishraven With help you can bring things to the next level. Without it can be threatening. #ELTchat
3:37 pm esolcourses: @eshwaranv @sandymillin good idea – though better still, upload materials to a website or wiki so students can practice at home #ELTChat
3:37 pm seburnt: @sandymillin They can use exercises from it for HW if nothing else. Don’t waste class time on useless activities from texts. #ELTchat
3:37 pm esolcourses: RT @englishraven: RT @seburnt: Student-generated material cuts down on your prep and is more meaningful to students! #ELTchat –ohh yeah!
3:37 pm janetbianchini: Agghh!! – I’m #ELTChat 62 tweets behind for some reason!! It’s going very fast today
3:38 pm eshwaranv: RT @esolcourses: @eshwaranv @sandymillin good idea – though better still, upload materials to a website or wiki so students can practice at home #ELTChat
3:38 pm europeaantje: @Marisa_C 😉 #ELTchat
3:38 pm ALiCe__M: @englishraven I agree abt the need 4 “aimless” materials, those providing enjoyment pleasure laughter or just triggering curiosity #eltchat
3:38 pm englishraven: RT @ALiCe__M: @englishraven I agree abt the need 4 “aimless” materials, those providing enjoyment pleasure laughter or just triggering curiosity #eltchat
3:38 pm eshwaranv: @esolcourses Like that idea… Wikis should be great. #eltchat
3:38 pm cecilialcoelho: @janetbianchini Might be because I think we have more chatters than usual Janet #ELTChat
3:38 pm Fuertesun: RT @ALiCe__M: @englishraven I agree abt the need 4 “aimless” materials, those providing enjoyment pleasure laughter or just triggering curiosity #eltchat
3:38 pm sandymillin: @esolcourses #eltchat I upload anything we’ve done in class to edmodo – SS ask for it now if I forget!
3:38 pm farflungstar: #ELTChat Allow students to shape materials – use art for students to express what they cannot express – and use that to teach how to express
3:39 pm englishraven: @janetbianchini Watch out when those there black wings are gusting behind #ELTChat!
3:39 pm europeaantje: RT @DinaDobrou: @europeaantje @englishraven principle number…ehmm: pitch match at right level for sts #ELTchat
3:39 pm englishraven: RT @farflungstar: #ELTChat Allow students to shape materials – use art for students to express what they cannot express – and use that to teach how to express
3:39 pm eshwaranv: @farflungstar I use mind mapping. Sts get to express and make connections too. #eltchat
3:39 pm Marisa_C: Don’t forget the play factor. Materials which encourage learning through play are important! #ELTchat
3:39 pm esolcourses: RT @sandymillin: @esolcourses #eltchat I upload anything we’ve done in class to edmodo – SS ask for it now if I forget!
3:39 pm vladkaslniecko: @harrisonmike yes, that was successful in my class too, when we worked with commercials..they continued at home,YouTube #ELTchat
3:40 pm englishraven: @europeaantje Yes, the issue of leveling/accessibility is important #ELTChat
3:40 pm alanmtait: RT @ALiCe__M: @englishraven I agree abt the need 4 “aimless” materials, those providing enjoyment pleasure laughter or just triggering curiosity #eltchat
3:40 pm sandymillin: RT @Marisa_C: Don’t forget the play factor. Materials which encourage learning through play are important! #ELTchat
3:40 pm europeaantje: @europeaantje @DinaDobrou @englishraven hahaha pitch mats, as in : materials #ELTchat
3:40 pm harrisonmike: RT @ALiCe__M: @englishraven I agree abt the need 4 “aimless” materials, those providing enjoyment pleasure laughter or just triggering curiosity #eltchat
3:40 pm DinaDobrou: RT @Marisa_C: Don’t forget the play factor. Materials which encourage learning through play are important! #ELTchat
3:40 pm willycard: #eltchat when using coursebook it’s worth trying to teach the unit backwards, esp. cos most of ’em are still old-fashioned P-P-P
3:40 pm SueannaN: RT @Marisa_C: Don’t forget the play factor. Materials which encourage learning through play are important! #ELTchat
3:40 pm janetbianchini: @Fuertesun Really? Must reread it after #ELTChat lol
3:40 pm Marisa_C: too much ponderosity and seriousness can demotivate – well hmmm… not all nationalitles i guesss 🙂 #ELTchat
3:41 pm bamarcia: RT @Marisa_C: Don’t forget the play factor. Materials which encourage learning through play are important! #ELTchat
3:41 pm englishraven: Another of my principles: experiment with and pay attention to layout, fonts, etc. They can be really important. #ELTChat
3:41 pm europeaantje: #ELTchat today is like being in one of my classes: bits n pieces flying everywhere LOL
3:41 pm Fuertesun: RT @englishraven: Another of my principles: experiment with and pay attention to layout, fonts, etc. They can be really important. #ELTChat
3:41 pm miladakrajewska: RT @englishraven: Another of my principles: experiment with and pay attention to layout, fonts, etc. They can be really important. #ELTChat
3:41 pm englishraven: RT @willycard: #eltchat when using coursebook it’s worth trying to teach the unit backwards, esp. cos most of ’em are still old-fashioned P-P-P
3:41 pm esolcourses: RT @englishraven: Another of my principles: experiment with and pay attention to layout, fonts, etc. They can be really important. #ELTChat
3:41 pm vladkaslniecko: @Marisa_C PLAY – ABSOLUTELY AGREE!!! my stds are sooo happy when they see me with a ball or board game 😛 -mainly adult stds 🙂 #ELTchat
3:41 pm sandymillin: RT @englishraven: Another of my principles: experiment with & pay attention 2 layout, etc. They can be really important. #ELTChat <yes
3:41 pm Marisa_C: @willycard So create materials which follow a test-teach -test approach? #eltchat
3:42 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @Marisa_C: too much ponderosity and seriousness can demotivate – well hmmm… not all nationalitles i guesss 🙂 #ELTchat
3:42 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @Marisa_C Don’t forget play factor. Materials which encourage learning through play r important! #ELTchat > especially 4 Young Learners
3:42 pm englishraven: @willycard Right! Going through a unit in reverse, reverses the PPP and creates a more task-based/deep end approach. #ELTChat
3:42 pm esolcourses: @englishraven good point about fonts… I always use large fonts for beginners 16pt + – makes infor easier to pick out #ELTChat
3:42 pm WestYorksESOL: RT @englishraven: Another of my hugely important principles: If it looks/feels boring to/for YOU, probably shouldn’t go into the classroom… #ELTChat
3:42 pm janetbianchini: @cecilialcoelho Thanks Cecilia – only 14 behind now!! #ELTChat so catching up
3:42 pm harrisonmike: @farflungstar Totally agree. ESP using art & images. Often words get in the way of language learning and u need 2 find a diff route #eltchat
3:42 pm SueannaN: @willycard Use Marisa’s principles for coursebooks. She has good ideas #eltchat
3:42 pm bamarcia: @willycard #eltchat when using coursebook it’s worth trying to teach the unit backwards > agree! I do it too!!!
3:42 pm hoprea: Trying to follow #eltchat, but I guess I’ll only be back for the evening discussion.
3:42 pm Fuertesun: RT @esolcourses: @englishraven good point about fonts… I always use large fonts for beginners 16pt + – makes infor easier to pick out #ELTChat
3:42 pm farflungstar: @eshwaranv #ELTChat – mmappng’s great but I’m keen try learning through the use of creating art, vocab etc can be taught from that…
3:42 pm fguarany: @willycard lurking on yr #ELTchat. Tks for Mallows’ article. Very thought provoking.
3:43 pm seburnt: @willycard Cool idea. Must encourage some guided discovery by doing so. Of course, that’s always good. #ELTchat
3:43 pm Celinejr: and activities that involve students to take responsibility and organize and interact with others. #ELTChat
3:43 pm Marisa_C: RT @SueAnnan: @willycard Use Marisa’s principles for coursebooks. She has good ideas #eltchat > I do? 🙂
3:43 pm europeaantje: another principle of mine: students have brains & will seek meaning but i need to help them find it #eltchat
3:43 pm alanmtait: RT @vladkaslniecko: @Marisa_C PLAY – ABSOLUTELY AGREE!!! my stds are sooo happy when they see me with a ball or board game 😛 -mainly adult stds 🙂 #ELTchat
3:43 pm englishraven: @hoprea Yep, you’ll need to jump in that Ferrari to catch up with us at this point… 🙂 #ELTChat
3:43 pm harrisonmike: Agree @Marisa_C Materials which lend some zip to your lessons are very useful #eltchat
3:43 pm Marisa_C: @europeaantje the meaning or the brain? please clarify… #eltchat
3:43 pm englishraven: RT @europeaantje: another principle of mine: students have brains & will seek meaning but i need to help them find it #eltchat
3:43 pm englishraven: RT @Celinejr: and activities that involve students to take responsibility and organize and interact with others. #ELTChat
3:44 pm willycard: @Marisa_C that’s an alternative I like. calling it task-teach-task also makes it more interesting : ) #ELTchat
3:44 pm europeaantje: @Marisa_C the brain seeks meaning everywhere, always #eltchat
3:44 pm DinaDobrou: RT @Celinejr: and activities that involve students to take responsibility and organize and interact with others. #ELTChat
3:44 pm farflungstar: @harrisonmike #ELTChat – painting and then teaching the language to express it is a great way I think – an image paints a thousand words….
3:44 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @fguarany @willycard lurking on yr #ELTchat. Tks for Mallows’ article. Very thought provoking.> Yep will read it later
3:44 pm europeaantje: @Marisa_C oh: help them find the meaning, haha #eltchat
3:44 pm Marisa_C: @europeaantje no matter what WE call stuff it’s the big boys that get the fame and fortune 😀 #eltchat
3:44 pm englishraven: My final principle (for tonight, anyway)… Never more than one page of material per lesson, with blank page on back… #ELTChat
3:44 pm SueannaN: @Marisa_C need link to your presentation 🙂 #eltchat
3:44 pm eshwaranv: @farflungstar I use mind mapping to combat time constraints. It’ll be great for sts to express themselves via art. #eltchat
3:45 pm Fuertesun: RT @englishraven: My final principle (for tonight, anyway)… Never more than one page of material per lesson, with blank page on back… #ELTChat
3:45 pm sandymillin: RT @englishraven: My final principle .. Never more than one page of material per lesson, with blank page on back… #ELTChat <good idea!
3:45 pm eshwaranv: RT @seburnt: @willycard Cool idea. Must encourage some guided discovery by doing so. Of course, that’s always good. #ELTchat
3:45 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @Celinejr: and activities that involve students to take responsibility and organize and interact with others. #ELTChat
3:45 pm eshwaranv: RT @englishraven: My final principle (for tonight, anyway)… Never more than one page of material per lesson, with blank page on back… #ELTChat
3:45 pm willycard: I know, her workshop in tesolfr was v. good !RT @SueAnnan: @willycard Use Marisa’s principles for coursebooks. She has good ideas #eltchat
3:45 pm europeaantje: @Marisa_C it´s the wording & presentation make the difference: 140 characters don´t publish & market well 🙂 #eltchat
3:46 pm englishraven: Resist urge to always hunt for an use others’ materials. Designing and using your own is a crucial path to teacher development. #ELTChat
3:46 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @englishraven: My final principle (for tonight, anyway)… Never more than one page of material per lesson, with blank page on back… #ELTChat
3:46 pm DinaDobrou: @englishraven So as not to overwhelm the sts? #ELTchat
3:46 pm bamarcia: @vbenevolofranca @Marisa_C Don’t forget play factor. Materials which encourage learning through play r important! #ELTchat > So true!!!
3:46 pm Marisa_C: @SueAnnan Presentation http://bit.ly/bExj4V and PK http://youtu.be/Q-wtFJFEVB4 #eltchat
3:47 pm SueannaN: RT @willycard: I know, her workshop in tesolfr was v. good !RT @SueAnnan: @willycard Use Marisa’s principles for coursebooks. She has good ideas #eltchat
3:47 pm DinaDobrou: RT @englishraven: Resist urge to always hunt for an use others’ materials. Designing and using your own is a crucial path to teacher development. #ELTChat
3:47 pm englishraven: @DinaDobrou So as to not overwhelm the lesson 🙂 Space for teacher AND students to add, shape the lesson. #ELTChat
3:47 pm fguarany: RT @englishraven: Resist urge to always hunt for an use others’ materials. Designing and using your own is a crucial path to teacher development. #ELTChat
3:47 pm esolcourses: Adding images to text can help convey meaning for lower level s’s – for example: http://bit.ly/h8oiLh &http://bit.ly/dO4U4e #ELTChat
3:47 pm englishraven: RT @Marisa_C: @SueAnnan Presentation http://bit.ly/bExj4V and PK http://youtu.be/Q-wtFJFEVB4 #eltchat
3:47 pm Marisa_C: RT @englishraven: Designing and using your own is a crucial path to teacher development. #ELTChat
3:47 pm eshwaranv: @bamarcia “Meaningful” play and not for the sake of introducing it. #eltchat
3:47 pm gret: RT @Marisa_C: RT @englishraven: Designing and using your own is a crucial path to teacher development. #ELTChat
3:47 pm harrisonmike: Authentic materials I usually find more stimulating for students, but they’re not always the best fit for all lessons #eltchat
3:47 pm Marisa_C: RT @englishraven: Resist urge to always hunt for an use others’ materials. . #ELTChat
3:47 pm Fuertesun: RT @esolcourses: Adding images to text can help convey meaning for lower level s’s – for example:http://bit.ly/h8oiLhhttp://bit.ly/dO4U4e #ELTChat
3:48 pm janetbianchini: @englishraven Absolutely spot-on! Using own materials can be liberating and very special for the students eg created just for them #ELTChat
3:48 pm esolcourses: RT @englishraven: Resist urge to always hunt for an use others’ materials. Designing and using your own is a crucial path to teacher development. #ELTChat
3:48 pm vladkaslniecko: @englishraven hey amazing ideas…it’s great you made it to #ELTchat today 🙂
3:48 pm cybraryman1: Visual Spatial Learners http://cybraryman.com/visualspatiallearners.html #eltchat
3:48 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @englishraven Resist urge 2 always hunt 4 an use others’ materials. Designing & using own is crucial path 2 TD. #ELTChat> too true!
3:48 pm Fuertesun: RT @vladkaslniecko: @englishraven hey amazing ideas…it’s great you made it to #ELTchat today :)- agree!
3:48 pm bamarcia: @Marisa_C @SueAnnan Presentation http://bit.ly/bExj4V and PK http://youtu.be/Q-wtFJFEVB4 #eltchat > tnx 4 the links, Marisa! 😉
3:48 pm rliberni: @bcnpaul1 done that gr8 stuffed goose tonight! #eltchat
3:48 pm farflungstar: #ELTChat – coursebooks tend to be dry and irrelevant for many ss – either their act’s based on own their life or an escape from it helps…
3:48 pm gret: RT @vladkaslniecko: @englishraven hey amazing ideas…it’s great you made it to #ELTchat today 🙂 –> Love #ELTChat!
3:48 pm rliberni: RT @cybraryman1: Visual Spatial Learners http://cybraryman.com/visualspatiallearners.html #eltchat
3:48 pm Marisa_C: @englishraven agree fully! Reflect on why your material DIDN”T work – learn the lessons that failure gives you as a gift #ELTChat
3:48 pm esolcourses: RT @harrisonmike: Authentic materials I usually find more stimulating for students, but they’re not always the best fit for all lessons #eltchat
3:48 pm janetbianchini: RT @englishraven: Resist urge to always hunt for an use others’ materials. . #ELTChat
3:49 pm gret: RT @Marisa_C: @englishraven agree fully! Reflect on why your material DIDN”T work – learn the lessons that failure gives you as a gift #ELTChat
3:49 pm rliberni: sorry just dropped @shellterrell off at station & stuffed my goose!! #eltchat
3:49 pm vladkaslniecko: @harrisonmike yes, but we can adapt them a bit or use just the part of them…or use them in our materials (news,videos,songs…) #ELTchat
3:49 pm englishraven: Just remembered I did a plenary on this topic a few years ago…@ddeubel was there, too! #ELTChat
3:49 pm padgets: RT @cybraryman1: Visual Spatial Learners http://cybraryman.com/visualspatiallearners.html #eltchat
3:49 pm rliberni: We’ve been here f2f but also sharing tech ideas and sites #eltchat
3:50 pm eshwaranv: @rliberni That’s fantastic. #eltchat
3:50 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @bamarcia: @Marisa_C @SueAnnan Presentation http://bit.ly/bExj4V and PK http://youtu.be/Q-wtFJFEVB4 #eltchat > tnx 4 the links, Marisa! 😉
3:50 pm DinaDobrou: @rliberni @shellterrell Sniff to the 1st, yum to the 2nd..;) #ELTchat
3:50 pm esolcourses: @harrisonmike – agree. Think it’s important to make sure authentic materials fit the task, & learning aims #ELTChat
3:50 pm alanmtait: Any other fans of just a piece of realia as material? (Plus maybe a couple of ideas in yr head…. #ELTChat
3:50 pm Fuertesun: @rliberni sounds nice… hope the duck’s good #eltchat
3:51 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @esolcourses: @harrisonmike – agree. Think it’s important to make sure authentic materials fit the task, & learning aims #ELTChat
3:51 pm esolcourses: RT @alanmtait: Any other fans of just a piece of realia as material? (Plus maybe a couple of ideas in yr head…. #ELTChat ] Yep.
3:51 pm harrisonmike: @esolcourses And sometimes they are just too taxing for the learners #eltchat
3:51 pm rliberni: @Fuertesun thanks we’re having a 12th night party!#eltchat
3:51 pm gret: @eshwaranv @SueAnnan @englishraven Sounds like a great EVO session. I was planning to do Webheads in Action… Might try both #ELTChat
3:51 pm Fuertesun: RT @esolcourses: RT @alanmtait: Any other fans of just a piece of realia as material? (Plus maybe a couple of ideas in yr head…. #ELTChat ] Yep.
3:51 pm cecilialcoelho: @englishraven I try to stick to one page Jason, but have to admit I sometimes go over that… never more than 2 though!!! #ELTChat
3:51 pm Marisa_C: RT @esolcourses: RT @alanmtait: Any other fans of just a piece of realia as material? .. #ELTChat ] Yep. Also mystery objects are gd
3:51 pm SueannaN: RT @bamarcia: @Marisa_C @SueAnnan Presentation http://bit.ly/bExj4V and PK http://youtu.be/Q-wtFJFEVB4 #eltchat > tnx 4 the links, Marisa! 😉
3:52 pm janetbianchini: @rliberni #ELTChat Sounds like you’ve had a fab time – goose sounds good!
3:52 pm englishraven: @Marisa_C A teacher’s materials over time are like a map or diary of their teaching soul… (waxing poetic here!) #ELTChat
3:52 pm harrisonmike: @alanmtait Yeah. Great to do travel stuff by bringing in old train tickets or an Xmas pudding #eltchat
3:52 pm eshwaranv: RT @englishraven: @Marisa_C A teacher’s materials over time are like a map or diary of their teaching soul… (waxing poetic here!) #ELTChat
3:52 pm sandymillin: RT @englishraven: @Marisa_C A teacher’s materials over time are like a map or diary of their teaching soul… #ELTChat <and their TD!
3:52 pm cybraryman1: @rliberni @shellterrell Hope you took a picture together #eltchat
3:52 pm rliberni: @janetbianchini fingers crossed:-) #eltchat
3:52 pm Marisa_C: @englishraven you poet you!!! #ELTchat – I don’t agree with the one-page thingie though – I tend to chuck out a lot so….
3:52 pm gret: RT @englishraven: @Marisa_C A teacher’s materials over time are like a map or diary of their teaching soul… (waxing poetic here!) #ELTChat
3:53 pm harrisonmike: @alanmtait Should qualify that – the Xmas pud isn’t for travel stuff, but you knew that right… #eltchat
3:53 pm esolcourses: @harrisonmike yes – agree it can be hard to find authentic mats that are a good fit for the learner group you are teaching #ELTChat
3:53 pm englishraven: @cecilialcoelho Ooooh, two pages…. oooh, spose we can let you off with the occasional naughtiness… 🙂 #ELTChat
3:53 pm vladkaslniecko: @harrisonmike @esolcourses i remember my uni teacher told me “we shouldn’t simplify authentic mats but the tasks we give with them” #ELTchat
3:53 pm rliberni: @cybraryman1 we did I’m sure Shelly with tweet #eltchat
3:53 pm europeaantje: @englishraven @cecilialcoelho as long as they´re both blank on the back! #ELTChat
3:54 pm Teacher_in_SA: RT @englishraven: @Marisa_C A teacher’s materials over time are like a map or diary of their teaching soul… (waxing poetic here!) #ELTChat
3:54 pm cecilialcoelho: @englishraven Thank you Mr. Raven!!! Would hate to lose yr respect coz of that 😉 I can get carried away #ELTChat
3:54 pm rliberni: @vladkaslniecko I uses almost all authentic mats and then work hard on the tasks to give the students full benefit. #eltchat
3:54 pm SueannaN: I’ve got a feely-bag and a collection of weird gadgets too #ELTChat
3:54 pm harrisonmike: Deep;o)RT @englishraven: @Marisa_C A teacher’s mats over time r like a map or diary of their teaching soul… (waxing poetic here!) #ELTChat
3:54 pm janetbianchini: @esolcourses I agree realia can work wonders in a class – very authentic language always emerges naturally eg restaurant menus #eltchat
3:54 pm englishraven: @europeaantje @cecilialcoelho @Marisa_C If you need a stapler, you’re overdoing it. 🙂 #ELTChat
3:54 pm vladkaslniecko: @harrisonmike @esolcourses and you can use authentic materials also with elementary stds…just think of apppropriate task 🙂 #ELTchat
3:54 pm cecilialcoelho: @europeaantje @englishraven Lots of blanks pages… check! #ELTChat
3:54 pm cybraryman1: Tech Integration for ELL http://cybraryman.com/elltech.html #eltchat
3:55 pm gret: RT @cybraryman1: Tech Integration for ELL http://cybraryman.com/elltech.html #eltchat
3:55 pm rliberni: @esolcourses I would use aithentiv mats at lower levels with a very simple task e.g. how many ppl in this convo #eltchat
3:55 pm SueannaN: RT @vladkaslniecko: @harrisonmike @esolcourses i remember my uni teacher told me “we shouldn’t simplify authentic mats but the tasks we give with them” #ELTchat
3:55 pm englishraven: RT @rliberni: @vladkaslniecko I uses almost all authentic mats and then work hard on the tasks to give the students full benefit. #eltchat
3:55 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @janetbianchini: @esolcourses I agree realia can work wonders in a class – very authentic language always emerges naturally eg restaurant menus #eltchat
3:55 pm willycard: #eltchat A shameless plug here: http://scr.bi/gUdXcN <-Article I wrote on self-assessment. Some tools to incorporate in your mat.dev. maybe
3:55 pm englishraven: RT @willycard: #eltchat A shameless plug here: http://scr.bi/gUdXcN <-Article I wrote on self-assessment. Some tools to incorporate in your mat.dev. maybe
3:55 pm rliberni: The longer the piece the fewer the questions and vice versa, ot split them material up into sections #eltchat
3:56 pm cecilialcoelho: @englishraven @europeaantje @Marisa_C #ELTChat Well, I use a stapler w/ 2 pgs… but I got cute colored staples… Make it any better? ;-P
3:56 pm Marisa_C: Ok folks – last 5 or 6 minutes of this chat – What is the ONE major principle which you liked from our chat today? #ELTchat
3:56 pm rliberni: RT @gret: RT @cybraryman1: Tech Integration for ELL http://cybraryman.com/elltech.html #eltchat
3:56 pm DinaDobrou: RT @Marisa_C: Ok folks – last 5 or 6 minutes of this chat – What is the ONE major principle which you liked from our chat today? #ELTchat
3:56 pm esolcourses: Apols… been called away & GTG. Thanks for another Gr8 #ELTChat! Catch you later!
3:56 pm bamarcia: @europeaantje @englishraven @cecilialcoelho My ws are never blank at the back! Will have to stop saving paper? LOL #ELTChat
3:56 pm englishraven: @vladkaslniecko @Fuertesun @gret Great that you ladies made it here too! #ELTChat
3:56 pm alanmtait: What favourite realia have youse all got? #ELTChat
3:56 pm harrisonmike: Please please please consider your students may have difficulties. Dyslexia, dyscalculia etc, we can help with our materials #eltchat
3:56 pm englishraven: RT @alanmtait: Any other fans of just a piece of realia as material? (Plus maybe a couple of ideas in yr head…. #ELTChat
3:56 pm cecilialcoelho: @esolcourses @harrisonmike But does doing some (moderate, sensible) adapting to authentic materials make it non-authentic??? #ELTChat
3:56 pm vladkaslniecko: @harrisonmike i remember my German teacher used an article from magazine but we didn’t read it…#ELTchat
3:57 pm europeaantje: @alanmtait maps #ELTChat
3:57 pm Fuertesun: @englishraven had to drag myself away from the sun! #ELTChat
3:57 pm farflungstar: #ELTChat – I think it helps if you have lived in a non native English speaking country and worn the other boot so to speak
3:57 pm englishraven: @alanmtait I’m a big fan of having the Ls bring in their own realia… Nothing like a good surprise! #ELTChat
3:57 pm eshwaranv: RT @farflungstar: #ELTChat – I think it helps if you have lived in a non native English speaking country and worn the other boot so to speak
3:57 pm surreallyno: My fav. principle: Make everything as simple as possible but not simpler! (I recall Einstein) #ELTchat
3:57 pm miladakrajewska: RT @surreallyno: My fav. principle: Make everything as simple as possible but not simpler! (I recall Einstein) #ELTchat
3:57 pm vladkaslniecko: @harrisonmike …we were supposed to find the colours there…in the sentences, joining the words and so on..:) #ELTchat
3:57 pm Marisa_C: RT @surreallyno: My fav. principle: Make everything as simple as possible but not simpler! (I recall Einstein) #ELTchat
3:57 pm harrisonmike: Use coloured paper (light blue or yellow) or use a coloured plastic wallet to help those with reading difficulties #eltchat
3:58 pm englishraven: RT @harrisonmike: Use coloured paper (light blue or yellow) or use a coloured plastic wallet to help those with reading difficulties #eltchat
3:58 pm Marisa_C: RT @DinaDobrou: Ok folks – last 5 or 6 minutes of this chat – What is the ONE major principle which you liked from our chat today? #ELTchat
3:58 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @Marisa_C: RT @surreallyno: My fav. principle: Make everything as simple as possible but not simpler! (I recall Einstein) #ELTchat
3:58 pm Fuertesun: @Marisa_C keep em short, visual, substance and not… #ELTchat
3:58 pm englishraven: RT @farflungstar: #ELTChat – I think it helps if you have lived in a non native English speaking country and worn the other boot so to speak
3:58 pm rliberni: My site (Gapfillers http://bit.ly/VSWv) is almost all authentic materials #eltchat
3:58 pm cecilialcoelho: @janetbianchini @rliberni We’ve been having a fab time indeed Janet, & lots of teaching reflections / sharing thanks to Berni! 🙂 #ELTChat
3:58 pm europeaantje: @Marisa_C @DinaDobrou “make materials suit your learners´ needs” #ELTchat
3:58 pm englishraven: @Fuertesun Erm… I had to drag myself away from the moon… 🙂 #ELTChat
3:58 pm vbenevolofranca: Major principle for me: why do I need this material? What do I hope students will gain from material use. #ELTchat
3:59 pm SueannaN: RT @harrisonmike: Please please please consider your students may have difficulties. Dyslexia, dyscalculia etc, we can help with our materials #eltchat
3:59 pm sandymillin: #eltchat @Marisa_C Favourite principle – SS come first when creating materials < if they’re not interested, ur wasting time!
3:59 pm cecilialcoelho: RT @rliberni: @esolcourses I would use aithentiv mats at lower levels with a very simple task e.g. how many ppl in this convo #eltchat
3:59 pm eshwaranv: @Marisa_C Learner-centric materials with meaningful assessments #eltchat
3:59 pm Fuertesun: @englishraven thanks I liked your tweets… #ELTChat
3:59 pm rliberni: @englishraven we did a vocab ex yesterdaywith shampoo & shower gel bottles – got a lot of gr8 ideas for using these #eltchat
3:59 pm Marisa_C: RT @vbenevolofranca: Major principle for me: why do I need this material? What do I hope students will gain from material use. #ELTchat
3:59 pm janetbianchini: keep things simple, clear, visual and relevant to ss’ needs #eltchat
3:59 pm gret: @cecilialcoelho @janetbianchini @rliberni Sounds wonderful! Awesome people and wonderful learning! Couldn’t be any better! #eltchat
3:59 pm Marisa_C: RT @janetbianchini: keep things simple, clear, visual and relevant to ss’ needs #eltchat > grt principle
3:59 pm gret: RT @janetbianchini: keep things simple, clear, visual and relevant to ss’ needs #eltchat
3:59 pm surreallyno: Thank you for this session! Are these tweets archived somewhere? #ELTchat (missed some of them)
3:59 pm Fuertesun: RT @rliberni: My site (Gapfillers http://bit.ly/VSWv) is almost all authentic materials #eltchat – just started using it thx
3:59 pm janetbianchini: RT @rliberni My site (Gapfillers http://bit.ly/VSWv) is almost all authentic materials #eltchat – great resources!!
4:00 pm cecilialcoelho: @harrisonmike @esolcourses @vladkaslniecko @rliberni Agree…simplifying the task better than adapting the mat itself #ELTChat
4:00 pm Marisa_C: RT @eshwaranv: @Marisa_C Learner-centric materials with meaningful assessments #eltchat > like that one keeps me off centre stage
4:00 pm englishraven: @bamarcia Just personally, I’ve found blank backs allow me to cater to curve balls and a direction that learners can choose #ELTChat
4:00 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @janetbianchini: keep things simple, clear, visual and relevant to ss’ needs #eltchat
4:00 pm janetbianchini: @cecilialcoelho That’s wonderful to hear! #eltchat
4:00 pm SueannaN: RT @cecilialcoelho: @harrisonmike @esolcourses @vladkaslniecko @rliberni Agree…simplifying the task better than adapting the mat itself #ELTChat
4:01 pm harrisonmike: My principle: mix and match, try out a lot of things, see which work and which don’t and REFLECT #eltchat
4:01 pm cecilialcoelho: @Marisa_C Keep the simple and meaningful (can it b 2 connected principles?) #ELTchat
4:01 pm englishraven: @ddeubel Interesting, I think my views have changed/progressed a lot since then, but others haven’t #ELTChat
4:01 pm Marisa_C: RT @cecilialcoelho:@vladkaslniecko @rliberni Agree…simplifying the task better than adapting the mat itself #ELTChat
4:01 pm alanmtait: RT @rliberni: @englishraven we did a vocab ex yesterdaywith shampoo & shower gel bottles – got a lot of gr8 ideas for using these #eltchat
4:01 pm willycard: Morpheus(The Matrix): I?m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You?re the one who must walk through it? #ELTchat
4:01 pm Marisa_C: RT @cecilialcoelho: @Marisa_C Keep the simple and meaningful (can it b 2 connected principles?) #ELTchat > yes why not?
4:01 pm vladkaslniecko: RT @harrisonmike: My principle: mix and match, try out a lot of things, see which work and which don’t and REFLECT #eltchat
4:01 pm Fuertesun: @Marisa_C Yes grade task not material #ELTChat
4:01 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @Marisa_C: RT @eshwaranv: @Marisa_C Learner-centric materials with meaningful assessments #eltchat > like that one keeps me off centre stage
4:01 pm europeaantje: @alanmtait real ones. picked on my (former) travels. my fave map o/t world is falling to bits. sts love it! #EltChat
4:01 pm englishraven: @DinaDobrou As in, the ‘mystery objects’ from my site? #ELTChat
4:02 pm Fuertesun: @willycard deep and profound #ELTchat
4:02 pm bamarcia: @rliberni My site (Gapfillers http://bit.ly/VSWv) is almost all authentic materials #eltchat > Had a glance & loved it! Will check later. 😉
4:02 pm fguarany: RT @Marisa_C: RT @vbenevolofranca: Major principle for me: why do I need this material? What do I hope students will gain from material use. #ELTchat
4:02 pm englishraven: RT @bamarcia: @rliberni My site (Gapfillers http://bit.ly/VSWv) is almost all authentic materials #eltchat > Had a glance & loved it! Will check later. 😉
4:02 pm cecilialcoelho: @rliberni @englishraven I loved the shampoo / moisturizer bottles activity 🙂 #eltchat
4:02 pm rliberni: @Marisa_C yea with a beginner grp u could have a v short piece with one simple question #eltchat
4:03 pm Marisa_C: Well we have come to the end of this great #ELTchat! Thank you all for a great stimulating convo – now I know why I missed it last week!
4:03 pm eshwaranv: Thanks a lot for the great convo on #eltchat. See you all soon.
4:03 pm vbenevolofranca: RT @harrisonmike: My principle: mix and match, try out a lot of things, see which work and which don’t and REFLECT #eltchat
4:03 pm sandymillin: #eltchat thanks for the great ideas this week! What’s tonight’s topic?
4:03 pm cecilialcoelho: RT @willycard: Morpheus(The Matrix): I?m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You?re the one who must walk through it? #ELTchat
4:03 pm harrisonmike: RT @cecilialcoelho @harrisonmike @esolcourses @vladkaslniecko @rliberni Agree.simplifying task better thn adapting the mat itself #ELTChat
4:03 pm englishraven: That’s curtains for this session folks. Thanks for a great #ELTChat! Worth staying up for!

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