Quick reminder about teaching

Are you sure you’re focusing on what really matters most, or are you going to focus on the smallest part and assume that’s enough? If you think that: TESTING = TEACHING Then you also think: INFORMATION = KNOWLEDGE Which means: TEACHER = INFORMATION SUPPLIER = ENCYCLOPEDIAS & INTERNET SOURCES Which will soon lead to: COMPUTERS…

To test or not to test, what’s the benefit?

Had I been asked the question above, I believe my answer would be sort of evasive. I’m not particularly in favour of using tests as the only way to assess learning, but I also have a hard time believing tests are all bad. What I believe in, though, is that there are well-written tests and…

Some challenges in education (part 2) – Assessment

If you’ve missed challenges 1 and 2, and what got me into writing this series, you can read that here. Challenge 3 – How do we shift our current educational system from a summative-based to a formative-based system? Is it possible to make such shift? Tests are everywhere, not only in school. Tests, obviously, come…

About Teaching

I’ve had a couple of fruitful days just now. Even though I’m as sick as one can be, I still had the chance to: i) participate (partially, unfortunately) in a 3-day seminar with Nina Lauder, ii) carry out a week of a teachers training course, and iii) attend a seminar by Herbert Puchta. The downside…

Misplaced students in EFL classrooms

I’ve already had my share of complaints and I also heard lots of teachers complaining about students who are in their classes but cannot follow what is being taught. If you teach English as a Foreign Language, you’re likely to relate to the case of the misplaced student. This is what usually happens: the student…

I can make my own decisions

The drawing you see above was what a student produced after I asked him for one of his drawings. But let me tell you how it really happened. One day, when I came to work, there was a student having some extra, remedial classes on grammar. He’d been having some difficulties with the use of…

Teaching for the test – based on a true story

There is a school in Brasília that seems to be interested in approaching learning from a more ‘humanistic’ and ‘holistic’ perspective than what the current Brazilian educational system forces other schools to do so. They are concerned about arts, sports, music and creative thinking (as far as I’m concerned) than the other 99% of schools…

On Assessment – part 2

The first post of this series has led to a response by Gregory Thompson (whom I also ‘met’ through Twitter on #edchat). I’ve read it and enjoyed all the points he made regarding what I wrote on the first post. I feel like replying to it. I believe the conversation will evolve if I continue…

On Assessment – part 1

Yesterday evening the discussion on #edchat was about assessment. As usual, a stream of thought-provoking tweets and a lively discussion took place. I had been thinking about writing a post on assessment and my thoughts on the matter, so I feel now is a good time to do it. As I see it, there are…