The Camel and the Pig (Fable)

The Camel and The Dog (http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/images/full/2011/05/17/99268-camels-and-pigs.jpg)

Hi  3rd Semester students of teacher Ellen (or even if you are not of 3rd semester you can try this Challenge) I want to challenge you to tell me what do you think is the “Moral” of this fable “The camel and the Pig” you can hear it here: http://chirb.it/ILt8F4 Please write your comments bellow or you can send me a Voice-message to my Speakpipe or Ellen’s Speakpipe. Please try it!! Don’t be shy Just do it!! I hope you keep enjoying your Learning of English, Bye be well, take care and I wish the best for you. Ta- ta for now see you soon. =) Your friend Fer.

The 100 Most Common Words in English?

Words in English!!

Do you know which are the 100 most common words in English?? I invite you to try how much do you know?? In this amazing game: GAME

http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/common_english_words

I’ve got a 60 out of 100. Can you tell me how many points did you get (your score)???

Thanks, be well, see you soon and have fun learning English!! =D

Sources:

The page of my Friend Holly D. : http://englishworldwide.ning.com/forum/topics/ready-set-go-what-are-the-100-most-often-used-words-in-english?groupUrl=topic-of-the-day&xg_source=activity

and the source of Holly (She took it from another blog): http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.co.uk/2009/05/100-most-common-words-in-english.html

 

How to improve your English??

Going up to the Success

There are many reasons why people from all over the word might need to improve their English:

For business, for pleasure, for studies or because they have gone to live in an English speaking country. Whaterver the reason, there are some advices for improving your English. There are 8 steps I can recommend you and you can hear it here in my CINCH.fm and the link is here: “How to improve your English”. (http://cinch.fm/ferchomex/523468) I hope you enjoy it (and understand me hehe).

Bye, I wish the best for you and I want to tell you one more thing: “Success is achieved with a constant struggle and effort” so be patient, practice everyday and you will arrive at your goal going step by step, little by little you will be able to find the end of the road. Keep practicing and do your best!!! See you later and TA-ta for now, Leave your comments please!! Byeee Your friend Fer. c”,)

P.S. you can find more information in this link http://www.wikihow.com/Improve-Your-English and I want to give Special Thanks to Victor Hernández form Veracuz, Méx. (my dear countrymate) who shared this information with me and he is encouraging me to keep practicing my English, he is a very nice person (one of the best I have known) Byeee =)

Good Mornings with a song!!!

I love this song (in spanish) one day I was very sad and tired but I heard this nice song, and it cheered me up a lot!!! I think this song has good vibes and can help you to have  a good day. The bad thing is that maybe you won’t be able to get the tone (melody) out of your mind haha. You can enjoy those songs here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBnUo3laP0c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwrel&v=NwaQ877hJGE&NR=1

Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains

There is more than one type of learning. A committee of colleges, led by Benjamin Bloom (1956), identified three domains of educational activities: (The Three Types of Learning)

  • Cognitive: mental skills (Knowledge)
  • Affective: growth in feelings or emotional areas (Attitude)
  • Psychomotor: manual or physical skills (Skills)

Trainers often refer to these three categories as KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude). This taxonomy of learning behaviors can be thought of as “the goals of the learning process.” That is, after a learning episode, the learner should have acquired new skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes.

The committee also produced an elaborate compilation for the cognitive and affective domains, but none for the psychomotor domain. Their explanation for this oversight was that they have little experience in teaching manual skills within the college level (I guess they never thought to check with their sports or drama departments).

This compilation divides the three domains into subdivisions, starting from the simplest behavior to the most complex. The divisions outlined are not absolutes and there are other systems or hierarchies that have been devised in the educational and training world. However, Bloom’s taxonomy is easily understood and is probably the most widely applied one in use today.

Cognitive domain is the topic we are more interested in, so it will be the one I will develop more:

—> Cognitive Domain        

The cognitive domain (Bloom, 1956) involves knowledge and the development of intellectual skills. This includes the recall or recognition of specific facts, procedural patterns, and concepts that serve in the development of intellectual abilities and skills. There are six major categories, which are listed in order below, starting from the simplest behavior to the most complex. The categories can be thought of as degrees of difficulties. That is, the first ones must normally be mastered before the next ones can take place.

Category:

1.- Knowledge: Recall data or information.
2.- Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one’s own words.
3.- Application: Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the work place.
4.- Analysis: Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences.
5.- Synthesis: Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.
6.- Evaluation: Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.

—> Affective Domain

The affective domain (Krathwohl, Bloom, Masia, 1973) includes the manner in which we deal with things emotionally, such as feelings, values, appreciation, enthusiasms, motivations, and attitudes. The five major categories are listed from the simplest behavior to the most complex:

*Receiving Phenomena
*Responding to Phenomena
*Valuing
*Organization
*Internalizing values (characterization)

—> Psychomotor Domain

The psychomotor domain (Simpson, 1972) includes physical movement, coordination, and use of the motor-skill areas. Development of these skills requires practice and is measured in terms of speed, precision, distance, procedures, or techniques in execution. The seven major categories are listed from the simplest behavior to the most complex:

*Perception
*Set
*Guided Response
*Mechanism
*Complex Overt Response
*Adaptation
*Origination

  • Other Psychomotor Domain Taxonomies:

Dave’s (1975):

  • Imitation
  • Manipulation
  • Precision
  • Articulation
  • Naturalization

Harrow’s (1972):

  • Reflex movements
  • Fundamental movements
  • Perception
  • Physical abilities
  • Skilled movements
  • No discursive communication

& Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy:

Lorin Anderson, a former student of Bloom, revisited the cognitive domain in the learning taxonomy in the mid-nineties and made some changes, with perhaps the two most prominent ones being, 1) changing the names in the six categories from noun to verb forms, and 2) slightly rearranging them (Pohl, 2000).

This new taxonomy reflects a more active form of thinking and is perhaps more accurate:

1. Remembering: Recall previous learned information.
2. Understanding: Comprehending the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one’s own words.
3. Applying: Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the work place.
4. Analyzing: Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences.
5. Evaluating: Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.
6. Creating: Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

 

RESOURCE: http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html

GOALS FOR THE FUTURE

Being part of this amazing adventure of TKT course is one of my best experiences, although it was very hard because of my studies and school I don’t regret because I use my time in something very useful and profitable. Meanly I took this course for improve much more my English and my skills such as listening and writing, in which I think I have to practice even much more, because that consist only in practice and practice and practice. But I wanted too, to learn about all the world of teaching-learning process because I have been interested in became a Teacher (Chemistry teacher) all my life, I think that is my vocations, although I have never had the experience.

Now that I am finishing my course I think I have completely different ideas about how to be a good teacher. Our guider Ellen woke up me and opened my eyes about what is our reality. I think my goals from now will be to keep practicing and improving my English (still I don’t consider I am a good teacher, I need tons of betterment). I think in two years I will be able to became a teacher because right now I am still studying my major, so I have the perfect time to continue developing my language and growing and overcome (beat) my weaknesses.  My main objectives are:

-Continue (as much as possible) publishing post in my nice blog with interesting topics, because I think this is an incredible thing with which you can share important information with everybody in the world, besides it is very motivating when you see the little yellow and red dots in your maps and the comments and opinions of other people, people with whom I am very grateful.

-Collect the most information and auxiliary material I can, in order to be a good teacher with the best resources, aids  and strategies/techniques.

miescuelitatv.com

et20mii.blogspot.com

-Develop computer abilities and technology,  surf on the net for information and try to find friends and other teachers to share and interchange data, as well as opinions and ideas.

-Improve my skills as a planner and manager of the class. Be well prepared to be a good teacher.

-I have much more goals but I don’t have time to write them je. Can you suggest me more?? in order to became in a good teacher? (Leave that in a comment), and besides, I want all the goals I read in Yesy’s blog (I totally agree with her and I think I have the same objectives, as she wrote).

I think the most important is try to be an excellent teacher because in your hands will be the lives of many people. As my teacher say: “A teacher affects eternity”. So you have to be responsible and take this paper seriously, with discipline, maturity, character, hard-work, confidence and love!!.

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DISCIPLINE IN THE CLASSROOM

I think discipline is the most important thing in the classroom but with that think I don’t mean being like a robots or military positions. With this word I want to say “respect” between teacher and students (each other) both with same range, attention, punctuality, a good routine, that involves sacrifice all for a benefit (good result) in our lives, etc. As student I consider I have always had good manners and good education so for that reason some times I cannot stand certain attitudes of some classmates with which it means they don’t matter nothing in the life, they like caught the attention and be disrespectful and misbehaving. I remember one time when a classmate was bothering the teacher, making noise, speaking with other classmate, throwing little pieces of paper, so after various calls of attention, teacher decided to get out him of the classroom because he was distracting the whole class. It happened in the High school and as Yesy says (and I agree) sometimes it is because they have problems in their house or they need more love or attention, but other times it is because they have bad education and values or simply because they don’t want follow rules, they want be revels and don’t show any respect, or they are not interested in learning they don’t want study they are in this place because is an order for their parents but in fact they don’t like school, so it is understandable (till certain point) those attitudes, but that is unforgivable when you have this behave in your major (university studies) because here you are because you want and because it was your decision be here and it’s something that you like, so, it was frustrating and exasperating when my classmates had bad behavior. But OK we are human and we have mistakes. But in the other hand I had an horrible experience with a teacher that settled us in alphabet order (of last name) in 6 lines very straight, after her was in the classroom nobody else could come in to the class and if someone moved the head around watching some neighbor, or yawn or whisper to someone it was cause to expulsion to the class or even worst: suspend the class and give “item by seen (tema por visto)”, we couldn’t go to the bathroom unless we ask for permission to her but she didn’t like being interrupted during the class, cell phones  were forbidden even in vibrator (they must be turn off), etc, so we were always scared, with fear, this class was anguishing (distressing), we didn’t like it and if we tried to claim something we could be failed in the course. So I think it is not necessary to be so extremist, we need an equilibrium and always for the benefit of students which are the most important thing in the classroom. We have to enjoy classes and be comfortable and relax but always with respect and good education, trying to do our best and in the best way. In conclusion discipline is very important in the classroom and in all the aspects of our life. And here apply a phrase I like a lot: Everything in excess is bad, even of good things.

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Exams!!! What a complex thing! =S

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Last Saturday in my TKT class we talked about the worst thing for a student: “Tests, assessments, exams”!!! I know they are scary and cause a lot of anxiety and nervousness in people. Although I think in some countries they have different impacts. I have heard thanks some videos that in some countries students are looking forward for the evaluation time, because for them an exam represents something where they can demonstrate their knowledge and what have they already learned and they even don’t know what is cheat in an exam, write in your body or in little pieces of papers, for them that don’t have sense. And I agree with them in this point because maybe your are fooling teacher but you can not fool yourself and you know that you don’t have the knowledge and you don’t deserve the grade. In Mexico we have a different concept of exams, maybe that is for the bad application and serve of some of our teacher, where a exam represent something bad and you are afraid of fail that, your teachers can threaten you whit that, “If you don’t behave or keep silent I will apply an exam, I will fail you”. I don’t know why some teachers are always thinking about failing you, don’t they know that if you fail they are failing too? because it is their responsibility to help you to learn new things and improve your knowledge and if you don’t have this capability is because they are not making their job in the proper way (although some responsibility is due to students too).

We need change this concept about exams and try to motivate students to understand the real meaning of an evaluation. Not always it has to be a sheet of paper with one thousand questions. You can apply continues assessment during the course (taking notes), oral questions, tasks, etc, where students don’t realize that you are evaluating them. Although the paper based assessment is required as evidence in some schools. There are three types of assessment: Diagnostic (to determine what students know at the beginning of the course or lesson) , Formative (assessment for learning, they improve their skills; homework, tasks, quizzes, informal questions) and Summative (teachers know what students learned after a unit or course, at the end) assessment. Other authors mention there are 8 types of assessment.

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© Carlos (charlancastor)

If we apply an exam it has to be certain characteristics, such as: Objective, proper layout and length, readable and with clear instructions (if possible we need read it aloud for our students that are auditory learning), ask (test) what was taught, etc, but the most important characteristics are these 3 next:

*RELIABILYTY (trustworthy), represent in the best way what is expected of the students, according to the goals of the lesson or course, with the same conditions as in classroom,

*VALIDITY (fear), test only what we taught and in the way we taught, and

*PRACTICALITY (good design and ease), not very complex and the students feel comfortable with it and whit the proper duration for it.

So is time to help our students and awareness them in what is the propose of the assessment and test, braking the concept that is something that causes fear and is for your prejudice. Tests are part of the class and progress of the students so it is our hands motivate them and apply the best strategies to obtain the best result from our students. What is your opinion about that?? (Share with us in the “comments”). Don’t be afraid of exams!!!.

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HOW I LEARN??

My Personal Learning Philosophy.

As we know, there are three kinds of learning (or “Representation Systems”): Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic. So we have VAK students and as teachers we must know how our pupils learn, and we ought have the methods and adequate techniques to help them in the important process of acquiring new knowledge.
You can see my PREZI presentation following the next link: <a href="http://prezi.com/iamket8y41hu/how-i-learn/” title=”How I learn?? (PREZI)”>


All for make happy our students. And be sure they are enjoying the school and having the best benefit with our guide.