The Roller coaster no 2011

my Life in 365 days

 

Wow! I cannot believe that 2011 is almost over! This year brings me one of the greatest roller coaster ride in my life! and if you know me, you know that I love roller coaster, as well as my life!

 

I have grown so much as a person as well as a teacher this year, as I experienced many things.

  1. I started to regularly join #eltchat this year which has given me so much to make me always want to learn more and be a better teacher.
  2. I started this blog; Gotta thank #eltchat too for that, because really if it hasn’t been for it, I would never have the courage to start writing.
  3. Joining the iTDi’s family. this has been one of the greatest highlight of not only my career but also my life! Still cannot believe they see me as worthy enough to be involved!
  4. Knowing and networking with great PLN I meet on Twitter and Facebook. Some of them even become my good friends now! Wow! Isn’t technology rocks?
  5. Embracing the challenge of trying out dogme in my Montessori Kindergarten classroom. 
  6. Taking part of #TeachMeet Webinar. I was nervous to the bone! Good thing it was only 3 minutes, If it were 30 minutes, I’d probably got a heart attack! lol

 

I can’t say that it’s all always been a fun ride, as in roller coaster you need to go sliding down and feel the fall. I had few down moments too; mostly in my personal life; Losing a family member, experiencing my heart broken to pieces in the most awful way, the accident of my Papa and dear sister and my health issues in early 2011. Those has caused lots of griefs and tears but thankfully they didn’t take my aza aza fighthing way! ^_^

And as in any storm, I discover a rainbow in form of many good friends all around the world who have kept me sane and helped me make it through . I have no idea why I deserve them but so glad I have them. I guess my karma is working nicely after all. 😉

So, I’d like to thank great ELT people like Barbara, Marisa, Vicky, Ania, Anna, Ken, Cherry, Noor, Arjana, James, my iTDi’s family and David W along with some personal friends of mine; David S, Shane, Graham, Allan, Farzana, Vi, Xandra, Uline, Marlene and many more who have made my 2011’s smiles stay still through it all. So blessed to have you in my life!

And guess what? I’m so not afraid of 2012 with all the rumors around it! Cause I know I can always count on my ‘aza aza’ spirit to make it shines!

Happy New Year guys! Keep on rocking!

How much does taking part in webinars & workshops actually change ways of doing things in the classroom

 #ELTchat Summary 07/12/201

 

As Always #ELTchat has been my weekly bliss in term of meeting, sharing and recharging my curiousity over being a better teacher. This one is no exception. So happy to be able to join and contribute to this one too. This #ELTchat  on December 7 2012 was a full house! All moderators were there : Marisa Constatinides (@Marisa_C) , Berni Wall (@rliberni) , Shaun Wilden (@ShaunWilden), Shelly Terrell (@shellterrell) and Barbara Sakamoto (@barbsaka). No wonder it was one of the most fun #ELTchat ever!This time we discussed about Webinar, something I can relate to myself. So here goes! 



A webinar, or web seminar, is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the web with the internet as the ‘magic’ making it all happen. This means that no matter where you live or work, you can attend this from your PC or laptop in your own home. Of course this gives freedom as you can join any chosen Webinar that suits your needs; professional development is simply a click away.


Most participants on #eltchat have joined or participated in webinars. Many believe it gave them some perspective on how to see themselves in the classroom. But of course a lot also depends on how willing they are to try out something new they learn during a webinar.


So, what is it about webinar that appeals to them to join?

  • A good starting point for a new teacher to learn from moreexperiences colleagues.
  • The convenience of joining and following from your own home.
  • The recording facility that makes it easier for us to go back and see what we’ve missed.
  • The interactivity between fellow participants, moderators  and the presenters
  • The opportunity to meet dedicated educators to follow, engage and build a great PLN

There are many great ideas in webinars that we can use in our classroom, such as  Lesson ideas, pedagogy, materials, games, etc. It is very good to apply what we’ve learnt during a webinar to test whether and to what degree it works in the teaching situation we are currently working in.
Another great thing about it, of course, is that we have lots to choose from as we can easily find various webinars on a variety of topics. But with so many of them to choose from, how do we pick the ones that we need?
Well,  based on what we’ve discussed , Here are the top reasons :
  1. Topic : The one you can immediately relate to your teaching.
  2. Presenter : Everyone has their professional reasons on why they favor one from another.
  3. Availability : The one that can suit your time zone.


Duration/Length

Generally most #ELTchatters  think that webinars should not be too long, but I think it’s all about the presentation. It is really important though to have ‘takeaways’ and ‘food for thought’ things you can implement right away. Real examples, interactivity, and practical tips are some of the things we are looking for in attending one. Seeing the presenters on video is nice but it can also cause some bandwidth problems, so it is appreciated to have an option when video slows things down too much. The interactivity between audiences is also one of the great things about a Webinar.

Backchannel 

The backchannel (what participants type into the text chat box) is a great way to see if participants are following or have questions though at times it can be ‘chatty’ too, so a Q & A session at the end of the session will benefit even more. Multiple moderators can add to the dynamics of the webinar as they can help each other in setting up the nice rhythm to the Webinar .
But  can Webinars help us to actually change ways of doing things in the classroom?  

There were a few opinions on this one.

  • Webinars will affect your teaching only if you have the authority to implement what you learnt right away.
  • Games, and practical tips are some of the ones we could easily take and put in our lesson plan while others may be harder to do.
  • And Webinars  and workshops do give us more than just add things to our teaching; they can also make us better teachers simply by giving usa better insight about ourselves and what we are actually capable of doing in the classroom.

Some fabulous tweets:

  • @Shaunwilden : I’m guessing that most people who follow #eltchat attend webinars.

  • @esolcourses : in my opinion, webinars and workshops can be very useful for CPD – think you need to be selective though to avoid being overwhelmed by the info #eltchat
  • @hoprea : I choose my webinars the same way I choose conferension and workshops. 3 things to consider ; Presenter, topic and my availability #eltchat
  • @barbsaka : Best thing about webinar I think are the recordings! I have a hard time choosing and live in an inconvenient time  #eltchat
  • @ShellTerrell : I enjoy it when the  presenter shows real examples and is enthused about the topic #eltchat
  • @esolcourses : One of the great things about webinars that are recorded is that you can dip into them again later- big+ #eltchat
  • @rliberni : I think it is really important that you have’takeaways’ that you can implement straight away #eltchat
  • @Shaunwilden : I like real examples, some interactivity, practical tips and the audience chatting to each other #eltchat
  • @oyajimbo : Personally would like a webinar to give me a too/application/idea I can go away and get my head around. Short and sweet, practical #eltchat
  • @MrChrisWilson: I like webinars where I can offer something to the discourse (even if it is a basic point) and take away something new #eltchat
  • @theteacherjames: I have mixed feelings about the interactivity of the audience. Can be great , but also sometimes just feels like padding #eltchat
  • @JulieRaikou : Webinars are difinitely change the way I think & teach. Thanks to @ShellTerrell @Ilotimo and met many through #eltchat
  • @shamsensei : I us
    e webinars as a way to engage with teachers around the world, and tweet my reactions and questions to presenters direct #eltchat
  • @Ilotimo : I share always materials to my students from webinars, ideas also #eltchat
  • @Marisa_c : I think most of us aware that webinars are a great promotional tool – but good to give people a taste if paying later, right? #eltchat
  • @rliberni : I do webinars for my IELTS people . It’s just another way of doing a lesson #eltchat
  • @hoprea : Sometimes I find that the chat gets in the way. But perhaps it’s because men can only focus on one thing at a time #eltchat
  • @barbsaka : the backchannel is a great way to see if the participants are following, or have questions, but at times it can just be “chatty” #eltchat
  • @aClilToClimb : I think presenters should show when to tune off from the backchannel. The moderators have to control that and pass on questions to presenter #eltchat
  • @JulieRaikou : Be brave! Webinar presenters and moderaotrs are very approachable and helpful #eltchat

  • @ShellTerrell : I tend to apply what i’ve learned in a webinar immediately or reflect on my teaching practice #eltchat

 


Some great links about webinars :


And as I believe that a key for a good webinar is having the ability to give, receive and discuss information, here is the tweet of the the day by @josepopoff  to end this summary:

“ Webinars are a great opportunity for personal development , and most of them are free! Teachers want to learn, Teachers want to teach”
See you soon guys!
Icha 

 

ps: Thank you so much to all moderators and participants on #ELTChat that have never failed to feed me with good refreshment. I shall come back for more next year! Aza aza Sharing!

 

To finally love the Greens.

What is left from my guest post about dogme teaching in Montessori Kindergarten classroom.

Recently I wrote 3 blog posts for someone I proudly call a friend ; James taylor (@theteacherjames) about my project on applying the dogme teaching in my Kindergarten Montessori classroom.

I recently also talked about this on TeachMeet International  which was hosted by the beautiful Arjana Blazic (@abfromz) who is a fellow iTDi associates and the fabulous Bart Verswijvel (@BartVerswijvel)


What you might not know is that I owe the idea to James, Shaun Wilden (@Shaunwilden) and Barb sakamoto (@barbsaka) along with the rest of the #eltchat participants who kind of doctrinized me on what is the benefit on applying dogme teaching in a language classroom.

One thing I didn’t really mention on my guest posts on the teacher James’s blog was how to apply them. There are 3 things needed to be done to have dogme collaborating with Montessori’s way in my classroom.

  1. Prepared environment: As Dogme is about teaching unplugged; I made sure that everything was prepared along with my lessons. As I chose to apply it during my Vegetables lesson, I set up my classroom to support it. I brought all fresh vegetables in classroom, having booths for my students to explore during discovery time and basically used vegetables as my teaching tools.
  2. Personalized worksheet : We all know that in Dogme, workbooks are never the highlight, so this was what I did too. We didn’t use books but as I still had to give them some sort of written exercise, I made my own worksheet based on the vegetables topic.
  3. Interactivity: This is the main course actually as Dogme teaching is about communicative learning. So I tried to engage in as many two ways conversation with my students as I can during presentation time. Because usually they would just watch me present my material, but this time I included them in the process as I let them commented or asking questions in the middle of the presentations.

So, those were my basic points on having Dogme in my Montessori classroom.  I’d sure like to try to apply it again in my class because I could see that it can work well with the right preparation. But then again, all lesson needs to be prepared well, right?

Thanks again for everyone who has been my inspiration on doing this. It’s been fun and this is what I love from #Eltchat and what PLN is all about. 

Aza aza Growing!