[sharing] “Ranking Multiple-Choice Answers to Increase Cognition” by The Effortful Educator

Multiple-choice questions…some people love them, some people hate them. I, for the most part, fall into the first category. I believe they are helpful for learning and remembering for a multitude of reasons that I won’t bore you with at the moment. 752 more words

via Ranking Multiple-Choice Answers to Increase Cognition — The Effortful Educator

Kids vs Adults: equal or not?

I recently read an article by Aldo Naouri, a French pediatrician, who states that “parents who make their kids feel like gods drive them crazy”. He claims that today’s generation, who in most countries have easy access to anything they desire, is the most spoilt and least motivated one. As an educator and as a mother, I find this to be very alarming but true!

Parents make their kids feel that they are entitled to everything. Kids, from the moment they are born, become the kings and queens of the household. Naouri says that birth control, family planning and having children later in life are the main reasons for this, meaning that most people nowadays become parents consciously and voluntarily, and this affects their parenting style. He advises that kids should be respected as beings, but not treated as equals by their parents in family decision-making, because mentally and psychologically they aren’t!

They cannot grow up in a healthy way without set boundaries, without the feeling that the adults of the family are in the lead. Such boundaries and the feeling of dependence create a sense of stability and safety, which are very important for a child in order to become a balanced and respectful adult; much like a young tree that we have to tie against a stick until it’s strong enough to take the blows of the wind on its own. 

I totally agree with this theory and try to follow this path both at home and in my classroom! I feel that children are calmer and behave better when there is a frame around them [firm but loving – loving but firm].   😉

 

Don’t swim against the tide on your own!

Getting one’s pupils to answer questionnaires is an easy task as (almost) everyone likes to talk about themselves 🙂 Pupils feel important when the teacher asks about what THEY like about their learning process, about what THEY want to learn and about how THEY want to work.

It goes without saying that their opinion IS important! A teacher must know what the learners’ needs are, as they define them themselves, in order for his/her teaching methods to be relevant and appealing. The national curriculum sets the general aims but the way to achieve them and the routes followed need to be designed with our pupils.

If we, as teachers, give our pupils the chance to show that they do have – or should have – an opinion as regards their learning, we will be amazed by the ideas they have and, more importantly, by the increase in their interest and involvement and commitment to make the plan work! We won’t feel alone, swimming against the tide 🙂

Below I’m attaching an analysis of the answers by primary school pupils gave to my questionnaire. The questionnaire was written in Greek and so is the analysis. But if there is anyone interested in using an English version, I could help.

questionnaire answers’ analysis (in Greek)

You can find the questionnaire by clicking on the following link:

Questionnaire for Learners of English [in Greek]

Teaching with Movies

I ‘ve recently come across a webpage called “teaching with movies”. Real teaching: language, science, social sciences, writing etc – not just fun and some talking. My pupils – primary school 12 year-olds – have been moaning and asking for a film to watch in class (most of them are asking for Fast and Furious). We probably mean two different things when talking about watching a film in class. I would be glad to try watching a film while the pupils have a worksheet in front of them either one by one or in groups containing , for example, comprehension questions, vocabulary activities, topic for discussion and writing, and so on. There are a few recommended films by age or topic and worksheets on the Internet. I’ll give it a try and get back with results!

PS. Has anyone tried that before? How did it go? Any advice?