We know how busy a teacher’s life can be, between ongoing assessment, professional development, student counseling, and of course, classroom planning and delivery! In case you missed them, we figured we’ve put the ten most popular articles from the past academic year in one place for your summer reading! Let’s take a look:
1. Teach critical thinking
If you want to learn more critical thinking, This article by teacher trainer Christina Cabbage is a great place to start. There is a brief definition of critical thinking and shares some guiding principles of critical thinking. Christina then shares six practical activities / strategies to get started with your class and follows up with a sample project.
Learn how to teach critical thinking.
2. Learn English with Instagram
Your students (like everyone else) likely use their phones a lot – so why not encourage them to take a language test at the same time? This article describes how Instagram works as a learning platform. It’s great for visual learners, offers bite-sized pieces of language, and a way to connect with a community of other English students. There are also five suggestions for useful accounts for learners to follow.
Explore five Instagram accounts to help your students learn English.
3. Using the GSE Text Analyzer
This article provides an introduction to the GSE Text Analyzer. This tool is a new addition to the English Teachers Toolki Global ScaleT, and external texts with up to 500 words can be analyzed. It provides you with the GER and GSE level of the text, highlights words that could easily be above the general reading level, and also gives you a readability rating.
Learn how to use the GSE Text Analyzer in the classroom.
4. Bring mindfulness into elementary school
Amy Malloy is a mindfulness and yoga teacher and a specialist in learning the English language. This article is part of a series about Mindfulness in elementary school lessons. The focus here is on the obstacles some teachers might encounter when implementing mindfulness or meditation activities in their classroom, such as lack of space or a negative reaction from colleagues, and offers practical solutions to overcome these obstacles.
Read more about mindfulness in elementary school.
5. Help young learners develop fine motor skills
This article explains the importance of building fine motor skills in young learners. The presence of these skills strengthens students’ self-esteem and concentration, engages them in their learning, and improves their social development and autonomy. There are many ways you can help your primary learners develop their fine motor skills, not only through study activities but also through simple everyday actions.
Learn how you can help your learners develop their fine motor skills.
6. Integrate STEAM into your teaching
Sarah Hillyard is a specialist in STEAM training in language learning. This post will show you how to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) into your language teaching. There are also four STEAM activities that you can use with your students.
Discover how you can incorporate STEAM into your English class.
7. Share tips on learning English online
There are strategies your students can use to increase their success in online learning, such as: This post goes into detail about effective learning techniques that you can share with your students to improve their learning skills.
Check out our seven tips for learning English online.
8. Improve literacy in your classroom
This popular article explores how to improve literacy in the classroom. Education expert Katherine Scott explains the key skills of a critical reader, such as separating facts from opinions and identifying key information. Then she shares some practical strategies with examples and activities that you can incorporate into your classroom to improve your students’ reading and reading skills.
Discover how to improve literacy in the classroom.
9. Use breakout rooms in your online courses
In this post, we’re sharing some online teaching tips from ours international teaching community. The top tip was to use breakout rooms during communicative activities to encourage and encourage student interaction. But there are many other useful tips and resources available for teachers teaching online.
Find six ways you can use breakout rooms for teaching English.
10. Diversity and Inclusion: The Gender Equality Podcast
This post looks at gender equality in the publishing industry. It outlines three specific areas in which Pearson aims to promote diversity and inclusion:
- The representation of people and characters in context
- The use of language and the promotion of genderless terms
- Referencing conflicts by third parties
There is also a link to a podcast that discusses these goals in detail.
Read about diversity and inclusion and find out how to address gender inequality in your teaching.
What more would you like to see on our blog? Practical teaching tips? Pedagogical Theory? The latest teaching and education debates? Let us know in the comments!