How to ace lesson observations 10 tips for PGCE students

penThe final placement season for PGCE students is rapidly approaching and with it, lesson observations become more frequent and more important. It’s easy to forget the basics when you’re being observed – especially now there is so much focus on children’s learning in a single lesson – but the way you handle simple logistical classroom issues can make the difference between success and a trainee kicking themselves.

Here are some of the must-do’s you can’t afford to forget:

Sort out your stationery

A classic, you’re in the middle of your pacey starter and everything’s going to plan – until a kid puts their hand up because their whiteboard pen has run out. There isn’t a spare and you spend what suddenly seems like an age scrabbling about for a replacement, before finally “lending” your own.

Raid the stationery cupboard several days before the observation, and make sure every table is fully kitted out the night before with everything the kids will need.

Computer says no

Interactive whiteboards and use of media look great in lessons, until the computer decides it needs a vital software update halfway through your video clip.

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Effective teaching 10 tips on what works and what doesn’t

semangatThe question of what makes a great teacher has been around for a long time. It’s an enquiry that poses many problems because there’s simply no set recipe for success, and different approaches work for different professionals and students.

The Sutton Trust has published a report that reviews the research into effective teaching, finding that popular practices, such as lavishing praise on students or allowing them to discover key things for themselves, actually have no grounding in research.

The author of the report, professor Robert Coe from Durham University, says this is a “starter kit” for thinking about what makes good teaching. So, what does the report recommend? Here are 10 salient points to take away:

1. Know your subject

The report, which looked at more than 200 pieces of research, found that there were six main elements to great teaching and one of the most important ones was subject knowledge. It may seem obvious, but the report found that the best teachers have a deep knowledge of their subject, and if that falls below a certain point it has a “significant impact” on students’ learning. Targeted help

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Top tips for trainee teachers use your body language to control the classroom

aaaaaA fellow teacher once told me, the aim of good teaching “is to have presence” — but what is presence?

I am starting to get nervous about starting my new teaching job next week and I’m aware that when I feel unsure, it is sometimes obvious in my body language. I’ve seen it in others too; we hunch our shoulders, cross our arms and hold a hand in front of our mouth. It is similar when I’m tired or I’ve had a tough class but it projects a lack of confidence which is a red rag to students.

I think presence is about controlling your body language in a way that shows you are in charge in a classroom. So, here are some tips I’ve picked up over the past year to bear in mind.

  • Be at your door to welcome pupils when they arrive. Position yourself almost in the door way so that pupils can’t bumble inside in a great mass, they have to slow down and go in individually. It calms them down.
  • If pupils are in the classroom already then stride
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Want to Go on Holiday in Singapore? Read this!

What is your hobby? I believe that everyone will have their own hobby to do when they are in their leisure time. What is your hobby to do when you are in the holiday? Make sure that you really know your interest since interest has the close relation with the hobby. Then, the hobby here can be varied from one person to another person. The hobby will be depended on the passion and also our interest.

If you are such a person who really love to explore the new places, it means that you love traveling. When we can explore many new places, we will be able to know the new places. Many people love to do traveling since they will get the new experiences in the new places. If you are a beginner in traveling, why do not you try to choose to go abroad? As the starting point, you can choose Singapore for your destination. In this place when you want to search hotel in Singapore, you can click Mister Aladin.

Singapore offers you with so many interesting places to be visited. For the people who only have the small budget for the

Asa Burk on Getting Started with SmartMusic

 

I have been using SmartMusic in the classroom since the late 90’s. While SmartMusic has evolved and changed quite a bit over the past two decades one thing has remained constant – its ability to enhance and support what we do in the classroom. It has arguably become more and more capable over the years. SmartMusic’s options and possibilities are only limited by what your music education brain can dream up.

During this time I’ve had the opportunity to teach at six different campuses. While the implementation of SmartMusic at each stop along the way has been different and unique there are a few constants. So whether you have been at your current school for a while or you have just arrived, here are a few pointers to help you implement SmartMusic into your program.

Think like Nike – Just Do It

Music and Learning: Integrating Music in the Classroom

The following article is reprinted from the book Music and Learning by Chris Brewer, 1995. This book includes chapters on each method of integrating music in the curriculum. Music suggestions are included.

RESONATING WITH OUR LEARNING

“Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” –Ludwig van Beethoven

We all know how greatly music affects our feelings and energy levels! Without even thinking about it, we use music to create desired moods– to make us happy, to enjoy movement and dance, to energize, to bring back powerful memories, to help us relax and focus. Music is a powerful tool for our personal expression within our daily lives– it helps “set the scene” for many important experiences.

Throughout time, people have recognized and intentionally used the powerful effects of sound. In the 20th century the western scientific community has conducted research to validate and expand our analytical knowledge of music. This research supports what we know from personal experience: Music greatly affects and enhances our learning and living!

Research continues to be conducted to provide helpful guidelines for our intentional use of music, especially in the classroom. This article, based on extensive research and experiences, will provide you with successful and valuable guidelines for

A Guide to Successful Parent Meetings

Parent meetings represent a crucial opportunity for educators to interact with parents. For music educators, parent meetings early in the year become even more vital. While the back-to-school season is hectic for everyone, taking time to ensure a positive interaction at the start of the year will be well worth it.

There are a number of ways to guarantee that your first parent meeting of the year is successful, but perhaps the most effective way is to demonstrate a teaching tool or technique that students will be exposed to during the year. Parents learn exactly what happens in their child’s class, and teachers can preemptively answer questions about curriculum, supplies, and more. Engaging parents by demonstrating a technique and encouraging parents to practice it themselves helps focus parent support and provides a real connection between school and home.

For most people reading this blog, one obvious choice might be demonstrating SmartMusic at a parent meeting. When parents see students use the software – and even try it themselves – they are far more likely to engage with classroom activities, encourage their children to use SmartMusic at home, and understand what the software offers. Engaged parents, of course, often provide more emotional and

Easy Ear Training Tips for singing Harmon

Have you ever tried to sing harmony and didn’t know where to start? Did you feel awkward when you had a hard time finding your starting pitch? Singing harmony can be tricky at first and can often make a musician feeling vulnerable. It takes a little practice and a little patience but once you can start singing harmony it’s a very powerful tool you can use in your bag of tricks as a musician. Everyone has a voice and I feel everyone can learn to sing at some level. Now, if you’ve been playing music for awhile learning to sing harmony won’t be as hard as it seems. You’ll begin to hear the “split” or the intervals one needs to sing harmony successfully. In this post I’m going to go through a few tips you should use if you’re first starting out singing harmony. I will use the song “Amazing Grace” as an example for singing some basic harmony. We will also talk about using intervals to recognize pitches and where to start. This post will help you get started learning how to sing harmony!

So you want to sing harmonies? Let’s get started!

The first thing you should know is what

Laboratory Analyst Job Description and Education Requirements

Essential Information

Laboratory analysts (also called laboratory technologists or technicians) are professionals who perform tasks such as conducting tests and analyzing the results, maintaining work spaces and preparing experiments. Analysts can work in the field of criminal justice, medicine or manufacturing. An associate’s or bachelor’s degree is required.

Biological Technician Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist
Required Education Associate’s or bachelor’s degree Associate’s or bachelor’s degree Associate’s or bachelor’s degree
Certification Voluntary Voluntary Voluntary
Projected Job Growth 10% (as fast as average) from 2012-2022* 22% (much faster than average) 22% (much faster than average)
Median Salary (2014) $41,290* $38,370* $59,430*

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Laboratory Analyst Job Description

The specific nature of any laboratory analyst position will vary between industries and scientific fields. Laboratory analysts are often assigned continuing tasks, such as cleaning, data entry and monitoring the progress of experiments. A number of laboratory analysts are entrusted to scrutinize laboratory results for commonplace procedures, like drug testing. Certain duties of laboratory analysts are performed under the strict supervision of scientists running laboratories or experiments.

Responsibilities

Laboratory analysts hold a broad range of responsibilities, including maintaining the integrity of procedures and recording professional activity for peer review. In some settings, laboratory analysts are allowed to develop new testing procedures and technologies. Maintaining lab equipment requires laboratory

Managing Technology Tips from the Experts

Sometimes the little things make a big difference! If your tech lessons too often turn into teaching disasters, maybe all you really need is a little professional help. The Education World Tech Team, a group of 50 seasoned technology professionals, shares 33 simple secrets for managing the minutiae of technology instruction.

  1. Always run through a technology lesson before presenting it to the class — and always have a back-up lesson prepared in case the technology fails.
  2. Type directions for frequently used computer operations — opening programs, inserting clip art, printing documents, and so on — on index cards, laminate them, and connect them with a circle ring. Keep a set next to each computer.
  3. Have students turn off their monitors when you’re giving directions.
  4. Appoint classroom technology managers. Consider an Attendance Manager, who takes attendance and serves as a substitute teacher helper when necessary; a Materials Manager, who passes out materials and runs errands; a Technical Manager, who helps resolve printer and computer issues; and an End-of-Class Manager, who makes sure work areas are neat — keyboards pushed in, mice straight, and programs closed — before students are dismissed. Invite students to apply for the positions — and have them provide references.
  5. If you use

Tips for your first undergraduate research experience

So you have been accepted to that summer research internship you applied for? Congratulations! You have worked hard to get to this point. But now what? You may have questions like these: “How can I be successful this summer? Will my supervisor like me? What will be expected of me?”

As a summer intern in research laboratories for the past four summers, I have asked myself these questions. Here are some tips that I have learned:

  1. Be enthusiastic. First impressions are important. Showing your supervisor and principal investigator that you are excited and grateful to work for them will start you off on the right foot. Say, “Thank you for having me,” and greet your supervisor with a firm handshake on your first day.
  2. Dress the part. Most laboratories do not require a suit and tie. At the same time, though, jeans and a T-shirt often will not suffice. Try to mirror what your supervisor wears. Looking professional will give others the impression that you are autonomous and capable of doing good work.
  3. Keep an open mind. You might not get your first choice of project. Not every experiment or task will be fun or interesting. Be open to learning all that you can,

10 Ways to Increase Your Concentration

  1. Understand what concentration is: “Concentration is taking your mind off many things and putting it on one thing at a time.”
  2. Decide what you want to concentrate on. In many ways, you become what you focus on — that is, you take on some of its characteristics. Have you ever noticed how couples who have been married for many years start to look like each other, or how people often come to resemble their pets, their cars, their hobbies, or their work projects?
  3. Watch other people concentrating. Go see a good action movie. In the middle of it, look around at the people in the theater. What are they doing? They are absolutely still, eyes barely blinking, and their breath is slower. It would take a really major distraction to break their attention stream. These physical signs may give you a hint about ways to increase your own concentration abilities.
  4. Avoid constant sensory input. Multi-tasking (trying to do more than one thing at a time), loud noises, and visual stimulation (such as from a T.V.) make concentration much more difficult, and being around them or doing them too much can put you into a habit of non-attention which can be hard to

3 Fun Classroom Activities to Inspire Undergraduate Learning

Has your classroom ever become unbearably quiet? What do you do when student engagement starts to dwindle?

Incorporating fun classroom activities into your lesson plan can be intimidating at best, but sometimes our students need more than just a lecture. When I was walking into the classroom to lead my very first tutorial, I started to imagine that teaching would be a lot like parallel parking in front of an audience… Logistically, I knew what I was supposed to do, but throw in a few onlookers and the margin of error suddenly seems to grow. In full disclosure, it was a lot like parallel parking in front of 20 people. I looked more like a classmate than a T.A , I dropped the eraser on my face whilst trying to write my name on the board.  One of my students called me as “Mam”. But even worse—it was so quiet in the room that I could hear my own heart beating…

I chalked it up to first day jitters, but that same quietness crept its way back into my classroom for the next tutorial, and the next tutorial and the next.  While nearly silent in class, my students were rather vocal in the

Five Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Driver’s Training

For many young Canadians getting behind the wheel for the first time is a right of passage, a milestone on the highway to adulthood. But the excitement of independence often overshadows the sobering fact that each year thousands of drivers are injured or killed in car accidents.

The key to preventing tragic traffic fatalities is instilling a skill-set of safe driving practices in young drivers. That’s why insurance companies often offer lower car insurance rates to young drivers who have taken a driver’s training course. While driving school lessons cost on average around $600, the insurance savings can be more than double that when stacked up against the initial expense. Investing in driver’s training pays off – lowering the insurance premiums of young drivers and helping them develop confidence surrounding the rules (both written and unwritten nuances) of the road.

Here are tips for getting the most out of driver’s training:

Find the right driving school

It’s not as ambiguous as it sounds. If you’re a new driver there could be dozens of schools available and not all are accredited. To tap into available insurance discounts you’ll want to find a school that’s approved by your province’s Ministry of Transportation.

Meet with the instructors

You’re going

Tips for tutors: 12 teaching strategies for effective learning

What follows are twelve teaching strategies which we feel could work well for tutors.

  • Keeping it real: For many students, set subjects such as calculus, physics or even literature have little connection to their lives. Yet the same subjects they find so boring are a source of great passion for many thinkers the world over. One of the most valuable lessons tutors can share with their students is a passion for learning. Perform a chemistry experiment that will make learning about molecular structure a source of fascination, share your passion for an interesting historical figure like Caligula or Augustus, read them a poem by Whitman or Blake – the kind of poems that speak straight to the heart yet use a language we all understand.
  • Fostering independence: As useful as you are to your students, your ultimate aim should be to teach them to become independent learners. The buzzword in both high schools and universities these days is critical thinking: encouraging students to analyse subjects in a deeper, more analytical manner. You may do this by asking questions that don’t just have a ‘yes or no’ answer or by applying the Socratic method to point out illogical conclusions made by your student. Set them assignments

How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

Have you ever plunked yourself down in a staff meeting where some of your colleagues were, for lack of a better phrase, not paying attention? Grading homework? Having private conversations? Texting?

As we know all too well, kids aren’t a whole lot different than adults: If they aren’t absorbed by what’s going on, they’ll find something else that interests them.

Getting all your students focused, eager, and on task at the beginning of class is challenging enough. Equally problematic, once you have them locked in to the lesson, is watching them zone out. There’s nothing unusual about that. After all, anyone who has to sit through a long routine — including a teacher’s presentation — is bound to drift off at some point.

Still, unless you manage to capture and keep students’ focus, whether at the beginning of or midway through class, the engine of student learning that you are trying to drive simply isn’t even in gear.

From Dead Time to Active Learning

I call this lack of engagement dead time. Dead time interferes with students’ learning, and it is contagious. It lures those who are on task into wondering, “Why should I pay attention if others aren’t?”

I have come to feel that dead

12 Techniques to Help You Live a Happy and Fulfilled Life 12 Techniques to Help You Live a Happy and Fulfilled Life

It seems that everything comes in a list format nowadays. “Wash, Rinse, and Repeat” or “Open box, Remove Contents, Try and Assemble”. Maybe it is because when we see things in a list format our brain interprets them as a set of instructions – rules that must be followed.

The proliferation of articles about happiness as of late has been astonishing.

Everybody is coming up with the magic formula for finding happiness. I don’t know about you, but I need to keep things simple and in perspective at all times.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a simple set of instructions for living a happy and fulfilled life? How about an instruction manual for life? Something along the lines of “Enjoy childhood, Explore young adulthood, Engage in a rewarding career, and Enjoy life.”

Unfortunately, things are not that easy. That doesn’t mean there aren’t techniques and tips you can use in your everyday life that can help you find happiness and fulfillment as you go through the journey of life. Here’s how:

    1. Keep life simple.
      Far too many of us are always over analyzing and looking for the most complicated way of doing things in life. Sometimes life was meant to be simple

How To Become More Spontaneous or Stop Being Boring

Humans are creatures of habit.

We love to establish a routine and stick with it. Then we often put ourselves on auto-pilot.

Routines can be incredibly useful in helping you get things done. However, too much of a routine can also make you incredibly boring.

Nevertheless, many people live lives that are boringly predicatable, or live a life where everything is outlined or planned.

Well guess what?

Life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it. You must be able to go with the flow regardless of whether you have a plan or not.

My life is not even close to what I thought it would be like a year ago. How could I have known what was going to happen? How can you?

But it’s scary to let go of your plans because then you are inviting all kinds of uncertainty into your life.

In fact, fear is the root of most spontaneity problems. By conquering those fears, you can become less dependent on your plans and live a far more interesting life.

Create An Environment That Fosters Spontaneity

1. Ask Your Friends if You’re Too Predictable

Ask your friends if you are too predictable. It might be awkward to ask, but listen to them closely for the answer. The people who know you well are in a

Learning (Training) Vocab Tips

Memorizing Japanese vocabulary is much more difficult than many other languages not only because they usually bear no resemblance to English but also because you have to memorize the Kanji, the reading, and the definition. Multiply that by the tens of thousands of words in the language, and you’ve got a hefty job on your hands. While you need to spend a lot of time on grammar in the first 1-2 years, after that, it’s all about memorizing one word after another after another. In fact, I’d say over 80% of the total study time required for fluency would probably be for vocabulary.

So to give you a helping hand in such a monumental task, here are my tips for effectively transferring vocab from the dictionary into your long-term memory bank.

Memorizing for tests is not productive
Because we are so used to studying for tests, we often fall into the trap of thinking that memorizing for tests is an effective way to learn vocabulary. It is not. It is a convenient method for teachers to gauge mastery, but that does not mean it’s a good method to learn vocabulary.

The most common method of memorizing vocabulary is to take a set number

Ten Field Day Classroom Games

Do you need ideas for occupying students during the last ten minutes of a busy day? Perhaps you want to reward kids at the end of a particularly productive day. These ten games are great for end-of-the-day fun. You can link many of them to classroom curricula too.

It’s a rainy day, everyone has to stay indoors, and the kids are driving you nuts. Maybe you just want to give a well-deserved break to students who have really been trying hard in class. What do you do? Play a game!

The kids probably like the games you usually play, but a little variety can’t hurt. Why not try Password or Sparkle or Pass the Chicken? Simple rules for those games and seven others can be found below.

1. Password

Anybody older than 20 probably remembers the TV game show Password. The game can be easily adapted for classroom use. Choose two students to be the “contestants.” You can always use the “I’m thinking of a number …” guessing game to determine the contestants. Those two students go to the front of the room and face their classmates. Reveal a secret word — write it on the chalkboard or a chart or hold up