Category Archives: Independent Learning

Sometimes the hardest (and best) course of action is for a teacher to let a student struggle

Do teachers care more about your kids schoolwork than they do? How to fix the apathy problem

Sometimes the hardest (and best) course of action is for a teacher to let a student struggle

 

English Australia Conference 2017 – Presentation PDF

Link below for PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation given at the English Australia Conference 2018, Adelaide Hilton, Sept 22, 2017.

Title page slightly altered for a presentation at a Professional Development Day at Ability English, Sydney, August 30, 2018

Reverse Bootcamp ABILITY PD

2018 UECA PD Fest: Tips for Independent Learning and University Success – Part 1 of 3

The Nitty Gritty – 25+ Pragmatic Tips for Independent Learning and University Success

Part 1 of 3 of a presentation at the University English Centres of Australia (UECA) PD Fest, at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – Insearch, May 12, 2018.

After introductions, context, and explanation of ‘Elvis Moments’, the first part examines tips from the library. Starting out with the Dewey decimal system, moving on to file naming conventions, textbook navigation, internet research, research databases, and lastly academic articles.

The second part then looks at the wider university and the genius of Mr Miyagi, the iconic character from the 80’s Karate Kid Movies, and his practice of killing two birds with one stone. After this old course materials are discussed, then learning management systems (LMS) followed by course software. Internet & Communications Technology (ICT) followed by processes and strategies are the focus of the third part. In ICT the flipped classroom, Googling, connectivism, reverse engineering, splitting the monitor screen, grammarly software, Google Docs voice typing, find functions, Google Translate, bookmarks, video to MPS conversion, book summaries, audio books, and finally Wikipedia are highlighted.

The final section of the presentation on Processes & Strategies begins with the 3R’s of referencing, report writing, and research skills, followed in rapid succession by content and language integrated learning (CLIL), visual imagery, multiple intelligences, IQ puzzles, levels & options, and Blooms revised taxonomy.

PS Please forgive the excessive information on the slides, I am breaking a rule that I teach my academic English students of keeping the slides simple in terms of text and images. This is so that the PowerPoint can be a reference for those interested.

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