Why learn writing?

Why teach writing? Why make kids learn it? Writing is humankind's most difficult form of communication. Simply by interpreting lines on a page, we learn Why learn writing? facts, imagine experiences, and transmit messages. We can learn the thoughts of people thousands of years gone, from other cultures, and express thoughts that millions of people…
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High school teaching

Education and Memorization meet the Information Revolution

These days, you can look up nearly anything.  You can learn by watching tutorials on You Tube.  You can take a class at Coursera.  You can walk the streets of most famous cities with Google Street View. And you can do it all in your hand, anywhere, with a smart phone or tablet. That's now.…
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Stop Lecturing!

The lecture. I have no doubt that most of us remember many boring lectures in our years in high school and college. Some will say enduring such torture is part of learning, but I disagree.  In the internet age, we can hardly blame students for turning their attention to more interesting things, like their Facebook…
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What is so great about project-based learning?

What Is So Great about Project Based Learning? Project based learning.  We talk a lot about it.  Some educators say that students using project based learning outperform those who are taught by the standard (horribly boring) lecture method.  I am one of those, but what is so great about project based learning anyway? To answer…
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Using Projects to Teach English as a Foreign Language

Learning another language is a path to another culture. It can also be a complete waste of time, or at worst, incredibly boring. Of course, you want your students to be in the first group.  How do you do that? My answer is projects. Project-Based-Learning is very effective, and I've been teaching with it for…
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Teaching in Japan, how to get students to think

Teaching in Japan, how to get students to think, part one I teach in Japan.  I teach English in Japan. To most people, this may bring up images of a person lecturing about when to use a pronoun versus a noun, the diagramming of sentences, the difference between who and whom, lie and lay, and…
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Four effective techniques to help your students learn

Help your students to study wisely and learn better How can students learn more deeply and more effectively?  How can you improve your students results on tests?  How can you get them to learn more effectively? Recent research suggests many answers.  Today, I will talk about four ways to help your students help themselves.  Some…
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