WAYLT: (What are you listening to?)
Emily: Disney Piano Collection by Hirohashi Makiko (https://youtu.be/D7gx-NdYEu4)
WIMB: (What's in my bag?)
Roger: Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe ()
Main Content: Emily and Roger continue to discuss about providing feedback. They highlight tips and benefits with conferencing 1-on-1 with students and peer feedback.
WAYLT: (What are you listening to?)
Emily: Prince Royce "Darte Un Beso" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr03_tItXno)
Roger: Coldplay "Fix You" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skUJ-B6oVDQ)
Main Content: In this first part of a two-part series, Emily and Roger talk about corrective feedback for students.
Here are Emily's Correction Symbols:
Meaning and Explanation: article
You are missing an article (a/an/the)
ex) I lived with host family and their dog. WRONG
ex) I lived with a host family and their dog. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: awkward meaning
Your sentence is confusing. Rewrite it and clarify what you mean.
ex) Another difference is the amount of traffic the caused on the road. WRONG
ex) Another difference is the amount of traffic that is caused on the road. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: capitalize/lower case
You made a capitalization/lower case error.
ex) My name is emily. WRONG
ex) My name is Emily. CORRECT
Meaning and Explanation: Your sentence is missing a subject, a verb, or both.
ex) _______ Are hungry in the morning. WRONG
ex) They____ hungry in the morning. WRONG
ex) They are hungry in the morning. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: punctuation
You made a punctuation (, . ! ? ’)mistake or your need to add a punctuation.
ex) Are you happy. WRONG
ex) Are you happy? RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: parallel structure
You made a parallel structure mistake
ex) Public transportation and using a private car are different. WRONG
ex) Using public transportation and using a private car are different. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: plural/singular
You made a plural/singular noun mistake.
ex) I have a lot of cat. WRONG
ex) I have a lot of cats. RIGHT
ex) Every students need to do their homework. WRONG
ex) Every student needs to do their homework. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: run-on
Your sentence is too long: has too many ideas or uses commas incorrectly.
ex) I am tired, and I miss home, and I miss my friends, I dislike homework. WRONG
ex) I am tired, and I miss home. I miss my friends. I dislike homework. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: spelling
You have the wrong spelling.
ex) I like to drink jous. WRONG
ex) I like to drink juice. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: sentence structure error
You made a
ex) I want to play. But I am tired. WRONG (compound sentence error)
ex) I want to play, but I am tired. RIGHT
ex) Even though I am busy. I will go to the gym. WRONG (complex sentence error)
ex) Even though I am busy, I will go to the gym. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: subject verb agreement
Your subject and verb do not match.
ex) She eat breakfast. WRONG
ex) She eats breakfast. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: verb form
Your verb form has some kind of mistake.
ex) I didn’t used the car. WRONG
ex) I didn’t use the car. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: verb tense
You have the wrong verb tense.
ex) Yesterday, I eat breakfast early. WRONG
ex) Yesterday, I ate breakfast. RIGHT
Meaning and Explanation: wrong word choice
Your choice of words is incorrect
ex) Due to Tokyo is the most population country, more people buy phones. WRONG
ex) Since Tokyo is the most populous country, more people buy phones. RIGHT
Roger: "Bose Bluetooth/Wired Speakers"
Emily and Roger continue to discuss about homework. They highlight extreme situations for teachers to be careful of and how to be more practical with assigning and correcting homework.
When do teachers give homework?
After teaching a new point. Students can practice it at home.
Before teachers go over a new point, the teacher wants students to review something at home first before coming to class so that they are prepared to learn the new point.
Extreme situations that you should be cautious of:
An energetic teacher who spends too much time grading the homework (providing comments, stickers, etc.)
A teacher who has taught for a while and mainly assigns homework just as busy work but doesn’t spend time providing feedback because it is too much work or students don’t look at it.
Teacher needs to teach students how to read and use the feedback.
Incentivize the process of receiving feedback by giving points. If students are lazy with homework, don’t be scared to score lower.
Use a rubric to save time in grading and show your expectations.
For personalized homework like writing or speaking journals, make sure that students understand who the audience is. Audience refers to people who will read their homework. Students shouldn’t just write for a teacher to read. The teacher should explain what other kinds of potential people would be reading this so that students are aware of the type of register to use)
It’s meaningful to give feedback, but set a number on how many comments to give.
For extreme teachers:
1) If you work too hard, take a step back. Find a hobby. Rest. Don’t make work your life.
2) If you don’t put that much effort in, try to put more effort.
Emily: Fresh’s Sugar Lip Balm (http://www.sephora.com/sugar-lip-treatment-spf-15-P57002)
Roger: Bandaid (http://c3.q-assets.com/images/products/p/jj/jj-1288_1z.jpg)
Emily and Roger discuss about the purpose of homework and the difference between knowledge-focused homework versus skills-focused homework. They give examples of what zombie teachers do and how to avoid that lifestyle.
Goal: Avoid being a zombie teacher! (Teachers who don’t really give that much thought into teaching because they have done it for so long)
Q: Why do we assign homework?
A: There is a concept that when you work hard and get good feedback, you’ll do better next time. If this process is repeated over and over again, you’ll master understanding that knowledge or skill.
"Homework is so ingrained in classroom culture both in the teacher’s mind and the students’ mind."
2 types of homework: knowledge or skills?
Knowledge homework: learning definition of concepts, how concepts are related to each other, parts of grammar, meaning of vocabulary words, paragraphs. etc. It is basically expository. There is a focus on what students know, not what they can do.
Skills homework: any homework where students practice something: interview someone, create a dialogue using the grammar they have learned, make sentences using specific vocabulary words, etc. There is a focus on what students can actually produce.
Questions to consider: Is it possible to do a skill without the knowledge? Should we care about the order of what kind of homework to give first: knowledge? skills? Should we give homework that focuses on both?
"What are zombie teachers doing?"
Easy in grammar because teachers can just look for worksheets and have students do it. It’s not bad to do worksheets since students are practicing their knowledge, but it shouldn’t be the only kind of work students are expected to do.
Teachers should consider checking homework but be practical about going over answers.
Emily: Mentholatum Inhaler (
Roger: Thermal mug (http://wwwhydroflask.com/)
Emily and Roger continue to talk about speaking warm-ups with an added focus on higher level learners. Ideas include planning a series of questions related to the textbook topic, editing sentences, and using post-its to collect student-generated questions.
Emily: Blue Tape
Emily and Roger discuss about speaking warm-ups: the purpose, the problem, and possible solutions. Such warm-ups are effective in helping students get into the English mindset and be excited for class. The problem is that students are disinterested or the questions lack a meaningful context. As a result, students may know how to answer them but they have no idea when to practically use them outside of the classroom. Emily and Roger each provide a simple idea that can be easily applied into your classroom.
Emily: Isojin Gargle
Roger: Uniqlo Down Sweater
What is it and how is it different from essays?
It's an informal piece of writing on any topic. Students can say how they feel about the topic and the teacher need not be as strict on grading. This assignment is great for intermediate levels and up.
The first journal topic can be related to self-introduction such as a favorite thing. It should not be a scary topic for students.
In the directions, include extension questions on the topic to provide a scaffold on how students can add more to their writing. Also, provide guidelines on length of assignment.
When giving feedback, the teacher can respond to parts of the journal like a dialogue with the student. This helps build teacher-student rapport.
Some questions to consider for the teacher:
How many comments to put on each journal? Consider 3-5 comments per student.
How to manage collecting journals for big classes? Stagger the due dates (part of the class turns in one day, the other part turns in another day). Also, use a rubric that assigns points to reflect what is in your instructions.
How to make journal writing more meaningful? Have students submit to a Learning Management System (LMS) like Schoology and have other students read and provide comments to their peers.
Emily: “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell (http://gladwell.com/david-and-goliath/)
Roger: “The Sketchnote Handbook” by Mike Rohde (http://rohdesign.com/handbook)
Bring anything that makes you feel comfortable: breath mints, snacks (fruits), business cards, water bottles, comfortable shoes, a backpack, a roller suitcase:
At the conference:
Know the type of presentation that you are attending at the conference: is it a publisher session? (they are trying to sell something) a paper session? (academic-focused research)
Don’t always stick with your co-workers and attend every session together. You and co-workers can swap session notes if you go to different sessions.
When you enter a session, introduce yourself to the presenter.
Where to sit - Roger likes to sit in the front to see the speaker and easily talk to him/her after. Remember to sit in the back if you plan to leave early.
Cell phones and Tablets - Ok to take pictures of the PPT, but don’t raise your device too high or too often. Turn off camera shutter sound. Flash only works if you are within 5 feet.
Publishers: Free books! Meet publishers and try to get a desk copy.
Poster session: Great to visit because presentations are short and you can talk to the presenter one-on-one easily.
Recharge yourself: find the rest or snack rooms and take a break. Sit down and rest your feet. Take a nap. Find good food places in the area.
What to do with contacts and business cards: try to contact them within a few days after the conference or else you won’t do it or the person won’t remember you.
What's In My Bag?
Emily: eyelash curler
Roger: Notebook from Zequenz (pronunciation: z-kwenz) (http://www.zequenz.com/)