• Ana_moderator Ana_moderator

    3 Breaths Practice: ask your students to take three slow, deep breaths at regular intervals, before the new lesson starts or whenever you see anxiety or tension in your class. Provide students with calming breathing technique and add visual signals to prompt them to begin breathing.
    This beneficial practice can also be adopted by staff members for stress relief and relaxation.

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    Wooow look what I've tried recently!

    An AI Platform for Education MagicSchool it offers teachers more than 50 different AI-assisted tools to help speed up so many of the teaching tasks that take so much time: lesson planning, assessment building, feedback, communication with parents etc.
    And it is free for teachers! https://app.magicschool.ai/tools

    I have tried one of the tools - a song generator and the AI created a song about E-Teach forum for less than 30 seconds! Check it out 🙂

    "E-Teach Forum Song"
    (To the tune of "Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles)

    Verse 1:
    Ah, look at all the teachers
    Sharing their ideas and dreams
    On the E-Teach Forum
    Where knowledge flows like streams

    Verse 2:
    Exchange resources, best practices
    Educational trends, advice sought
    This online discussion board
    Is where inspiration is brought

    E-Teach Forum, a community so grand
    Where educators from all around the land
    Come together to make a difference, hand in hand
    Quality, inclusive, and greening education's command

    Verse 3:
    Teachers of various subjects
    From every level, every grade
    Joining this international community
    To enhance how knowledge is conveyed

    Verse 4:
    Education specialists and administrators too
    Using ICT in the classroom with pride
    Through collaboration and innovation
    We're transforming education worldwide

    E-Teach Forum, a community so grand
    Where educators from all around the land
    Come together to make a difference, hand in hand
    Quality, inclusive, and greening education's command

    Through discussions and sharing
    We unlock the power of collective wisdom
    Empowering each other
    To create a brighter future for every child

    E-Teach Forum, a community so grand
    Where educators from all around the land
    Come together to make a difference, hand in hand
    Quality, inclusive, and greening education's command

    E-Teach Forum, a platform for growth
    Where ideas and innovation take flight
    Let us learn, let us inspire,
    As we aim to make education shine bright


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    Podcast popularity is on the rise so let’s explore how teachers can use podcasts in their classroom.

    First of all, what is podcast?
    Podcasts are digital audio or video files that are available for streaming or download on the internet.
    They cover a wide range of topics, including education, entertainment, news, storytelling, and much more. Podcasts can be listened to on various devices, such as smartphones, computers, and tablets, making them accessible to users anytime, anywhere.
    Podcasts engage students through immersive storytelling, discussions, and interviews, fostering deeper comprehension and retention of content. They cater to diverse learning styles, providing flexibility for independent exploration and personalized learning.

    Below I have prepared 5 ways a teacher can incorporate podcasting into the classroom:

    1. Student Podcast Projects: Assign students to work in small groups to research and create their own podcasts on topics related to the curriculum. This can include historical events, scientific concepts, literary analysis, or current events. Students can script, record, edit, and publish their podcasts, gaining valuable skills in research, writing, communication, and digital media production.
    2. Podcast Listening and Discussion: Integrate existing educational podcasts into classroom activities. Select podcasts that align with the curriculum and have students listen to episodes either individually or as a class. Follow up with guided discussions, reflections, or assignments that relate to the podcast content. This can enhance comprehension, critical thinking, and listening skills.
    3. Teacher-Created Podcasts: Record and share podcasts created by the teacher to supplement classroom instruction. These podcasts can serve as additional resources, providing explanations, summaries, interviews with experts, or real-world examples related to the topics being studied. They can be used for review, reinforcement, or to introduce new concepts in an engaging format.
    4. Interviews and Guest Speakers: Invite guest speakers or experts in various fields to participate in podcast interviews with the class. Students can prepare questions, conduct interviews, and record the discussions for a podcast episode. This offers an opportunity for students to engage with professionals, gain insights into different careers or topics, and practice interviewing and communication skills.
    5. Audio Storytelling: Encourage students to create audio stories, narratives, or fictional podcasts. This can involve writing scripts, developing characters, and using sound effects to enhance the storytelling experience. Students can explore creative expression, storytelling techniques, and audio production while developing literacy skills and imagination.

    ↔ Have you or your colleagues ever used podcasts with your students?
    ❓ What crucial moments should be considered if you decide to incorporate podcasts in your lessons? Let's create some guidelines
    🎧 If you have your favorite podcasts for the classroom – please share them with others here

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    I often use resources from the website World's Largest Lesson.

    They provide free and creative resources for educators to teach lessons, run projects and stimulate action in support of Sustainable Development Goals.
    You can find lesson plans, educational materials or ideas for school campaigns in several languages, for different age groups, themes and duration.

    I highly recommend to check it out

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  • Ana_moderator Ana_moderator

    60 seconds of silence

    Before starting your lesson ask all student to sit calmly for 60 seconds allowing them to prepare for learning.

    You can ask your students to focus on a specific sound, a detail in or outside the classroom, an abstract picture you provide or guide them to focus on their breathing.

    For younger elementary students start with 15 seconds and gradually extend the time. For upper elementary students try to start the “focus” activity with 20-30 seconds.

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    Place: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (on-site)
    Dates: 13-15 March 2024
    Forum languages: English, French and Spanish

    Co-organised by UNESCO and International Forums of Inclusion Practitioners (IFIP)
    the Forum will convene practitioners from different regions around the world and provide a space to share experiences and highlight promising and innovative practices that will be channeled to policymakers and key stakeholders.

    The Forum discussions will focus on:
    • Supporting teachers and school personnel for inclusive teaching and learning practices
    • Building safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environments, including parents’ and community’s involvement
    • Ensuring access to assistive technologies and inclusive ICTs
    • The transition from school to labor market

    Find out more information and get involved https://lms.ifip.group/unesco-application-form/

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    A Moment for Good

    Start your lesson with inviting students to take a minute to reflect on something positive that has happened or something they feel grateful for. This reflection can take various forms, such as writing it down, sharing with a partner, or participating in small or large group discussions. Larger group discussions are particularly effective for younger elementary students.

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    Stress is a natural part of everyday life.
    Students' stress is highly connected with their daily routine at school, at home and within their community.

    Helping your students to cope with stress may improve students’ concentration and enhance overall academic performance during your lesson.

    In this topic I invite you to explore existing activities and teaching instruments to reduce stress in the classroom
    What do you use and what is really working?

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    Did you a little bit of yourself in each or are you more inclined to one management style?

    What management style do you usually use?

    What style is working the best in your opinion?

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    Soooo let's look at your results and analyse your classroom managelent style.

    • Statements 4, 8 and 11 refer to the authoritative style.

    • Statements 6, 10, and 12 refer to the laissez-faire style.

    • Statements 2, 5, and 7 refer to the indifferent style.

    Your score for each management style can range from 3 to 15.
    A high score indicates a strong preference for that particular strategy. Once you’ve determined your profile, read the descriptions for each management style.
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    Do you want to make the most of your local cultures in the classroom and are looking for ways to implement it?

    Incorporating local cultural heritage
    in education can reconnect schools
    with their communities.
    As a benefit, it can foster respect and appreciation for cultural diversity and strengthen a sense of belonging and social cohesion.

    UNESCO Bangkok has released an bunch of educational resources and materials which can help teachers to make learning more relevant and engaging for students and raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding living heritage.

    👩‍🏫 Here's an online course on how to bring #LivingHeritage to the classroom
    👩‍🏫 Here's the resource kit
    👩‍🏫 Here's the video series for you and your students

    What activities or teaching tips can you advise to integrate the students to their community?

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    Classroom management is about actions that a teacher takes to create and maintain a learning environment in order minimize student misbehavior and to maximize their learning.

    Components of classroom management:
    ⏺ The Welcoming Classroom.
    ⏺ Ensuring that lesson run smoothly.
    ⏺ Prevention of disruptive behavior.
    ⏺ Managing different behaviors.
    ⏺ Engaging students.
    ⏺ Designing activity, assessing it and follow-up.

    Teachers have different classroom management styles (ways they interact with students to reach their goals, level of teaching control and standards to engage with students)

    There are 4 styles: authoritarian, authoritative, laissez-faire and indifferent style.

    Answer these 12 questions to learn more about your classroom management style.

    • Read carefully the statements below.
    • Respond to each statement (use the scale below) based upon either actual or imagined classroom experience.
    • Then, follow the scoring instructions below.

    1 point Strongly Disagree
    2 points Disagree
    3 points Neutral
    4 points Agree
    5 points Strongly Agree

    (1) If a student is disruptive during class, I assign him/her to detention, without further discussion.
    (2) I don't want to impose any rules on my students.
    (3) The classroom must be quiet in order for students to learn.
    (4) I am concerned about both what my students learn and how they learn.
    (5) If a student turns in a late homework assignment, it is not my problem.
    (6) I don't want to reprimand a student because it might hurt his/her feelings.
    (7) Class preparation isn't worth the effort.
    (8) I always try to explain the reasons behind my rules and decisions.
    (9) I will not accept excuses from a student who is tardy.
    (10) The emotional well-being of my students is more important than classroom control.
    (11) My students understand that they can interrupt my lecture if they have a relevant question.
    (12) If a student requests to leave the room, I always honor the request.

    Then calculate your results separately for the following statements and write your scores.

    Your score for the statements 1, 3, and 9
    Your score for the statements 4, 8 and 11
    Your score for the statements 6, 10, and 12
    Your score for the statements 2, 5, and 7

    I will send the meanings for each score and the descriptions of each management style next week, so you have time to calculate and share your results here in replies 👐

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    Recently I have found an online tool -
    Genially https://app.genial.ly/?from=login-true

    It is an online platform that offers a variety of features including templates, animation and gamification tools, presentations ect.

    I had great experience creating content for classrooms, webinars, presentations like anime comic or escape game using the information for the topic.
    I can also send more detailed overview of the platform opportunities, if you ask

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    In this topic I would suggest to share your findings or online tools for lessons that you can recommend to use for better learning experience 🤖

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    @Helena ChatGPT could assist in creating lesson plans or providing supplementary teaching materials.

    What is for sure is that ChatGPT can ease the process of preparation for lessons and save the time.

    I do like the video of one teacher where he explains and demostrates the way teachers can apply GPT in their work. I think his examples can be used for English lessons.

    YouTube video:
    50 Ways Teachers can use Chat GPT to Save Time

    I invite you to check it out and share your ideas about it, what would you like to try first?

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    Do you follow any teacher vlogs, blogs or channels to learn something new, get inspiration, new ideas or just simply to relax and watch someone's working routine?

    Please reply and share the links or name of the blogs or channeles tha you find interesting 👀

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  • Ana_moderator Ana_moderator

    A recent UNESCO report revealed that more than 30% of the world’s students have been victims of bullying, with devastating, immediate, mid- and long-term consequences on academic achievement, school dropout, and physical and mental health.

    Is bulliyng in schools inevitable? Some schools are more progressive in addressing this issue, there are national policies and anti-bullying programmes.

    Like here in this short video piece from the webinar a speaker shares her experience of what decision makers, educators, learners can do to prevent/reduce bullying and provides examples of a successful anti-bullying programmes 👨‍🏫

    What can be done to reduce the harm?
    How is it in your school?

    Please share any mechanisms to stop bullying or educate students about this problem from your practice?
    Or ask your question about the topic

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    In this category we would like to discuss many aspects of teaching about environment and climate change.

    Environmental and climate change education are the component of a wider concept of education for sustainable development (ESD).

    I would discuss ESD approaches with pleasure in other topics, just let me know.

    Today, all levels of education from pre-primary to adult education is being transformed in order to help people understand and address the impacts of existing climate crisis.

    And the teachers and their approaches to education are an integral part of this transformation.

    Schools can become a hub for promoting knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes needed to act as agents of change.
    It may refer to relevant teacher training, integrating climate change into curriculum, introducing “green” technologies, reshaping systems of school governance and community partnerships.

    The main ideas are to make an environment so that students can learn what they live and live what they learn.

    Of course you may think it sounds great, but how can it be implemented in practice?
    I suggest you to watch a TED video “Green, Healthy, Sustainable Schools”.

    The speaker suggests a framework for developing greener schools and shares her experience.

    Please write your thoughts below under this post, what do you practice anything of that in your school or what would you like to try?

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