udents. We have plenty of statistics to show that children from a stable environment with plenty good food, rest, and security...do way better in their studies than less fortunate kids. Public Schools, on the other hand, here in America must take all students in their jurisdiction. Private schools sometimes pay teachers better and have high technology classrooms with fewer students/ teacher than public schools. Technology can lower the difference between poor and wealthy families or it can make things worse. In my opinion, each student needs a champion. This is a parent or caring adult that takes a personal life-long interest in the success of the student. This champion has high expectations, love, and celebrates every achievement in the student's educational experience. We have EQ, IQ, & experience that contribute to expectations of a student. I can tell you of the experience we have here in Arlington, Virginia, USA. We deal with 190 languages in our public school system. We regularly score in the highest results for performance and 90% of our high school graduates go on to college. As a population we have the highest number of graduate degrees in the USA. It is expensive to live here. We have high quality libraries with many resources available online and several computers available in each library. We have many community events and great public transportation. Low crime. Many pets. We provide high quality affordable, subsidized housing for those who qualify and an award winning social services department that works with enlightened law enforcement to do the best they can to rehabilitate people with difficult lives. I have always felt that public schools are better preparation for real life compared with private that encourage exceptional people to avoid less fortunate people. This sense of exclusiveness brings a sense of entitlement and reinforces the concept that poor people are poor because they are lazy. Poverty is a byproduct of greed. Love & Peace, Deborah …
o with the process(e) of communication that are happening while the group is sharing around the theme.
Wondered: how do others experience the interaction during one of those talks? Do you participate, or mostly listen? Do you keep up with the stream of conversation--try to--or let it go, focusing in every now and then but mostly listening to the speaker and host?
More questions: Is back-channel really back channel, or is it front-channel? How is an Elluiminate discussion like and unlike using Twitter--or a network--or... you name it.
Do you end up going away from the discussion with something new? Do you pick up a new direction or resource you want to explore, or maybe a few new colleagues to discuss things with in some other format? Do you end up going away exhausted (hyper-mediafied) or uplifted, both, or neither?
Even more questions: what do you consider to be proper etiquette during conversations like that? Say, Steve is interviewing a speaker, the speaker is answering Steve's questions, putting on a presentation, and answering participants' questions--what is the proper job of participants participating in the conversation stream? Should the audience itself monitor pacing? Should the audience (participants) try to keep hooked into the speaker or chase down a lot of side-trails, spin-offs? Is everything ok? Do you have to sense it out as you go?
How many conversation threads can you have going on at once, high-speed, with @so and so and @so and so?
I know, I'm thinking way too much about it all. Just get on and do it--that's the important thing, it seems. Get used to the new technologies and the communications they afford by trying them! But hey--it's all so curious and new, what we're doing. If you have any insights or thoughts about being part of these talks, please share!…
You Will Present: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): English Language Teacher
Short Session Description (one line): In this session, we will see the factors to consider when teaching creative writing and its benefits for learners.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
There is no doubt that writing is one of the most difficult skills for L2 learners to master. The difficulty lies not only in generating and organizing ideas, but also in translating these ideas into an intelligible text.
There are many theories about writing to consider, so planning and teaching a course in writing can be a daunting task. However, from my point of view, although theories are substantive matters, they pale into insignificance when held up to one thing: the teachers themselves and their own experience. It is the teacher who is responsible for translating all the principles into practice and should constantly and systematically record, ponder and analyze what they have done in the classroom, and use their reflective experience as a basis for improving their instructional practices.
In this session, we are going to consider together the basic stages when teaching writing. During the session I will present some activities I developed with my students that prove we need to have confidence in what is called "the wisdom of practice". In this way, the participants will be able to see the importance of teachers' experience, as they and their students learn as they work together.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://www.malusciamarelli.com/projects/creative-writing-workshop-march-5th-vinhedosp-brazil/…