Using Rubrics in Evaluation

Using Rubrics to Promote Thinking and Learning

Rubrics can help teachers teach as well as evaluate student work. Further, creating rubrics with your students can be a powerful tool to promote thinking and learning.Find out more …



Art in the English Language Classroom

Art, in its many forms including music, visual arts, poetry, drama, and film, provides an opportunity for ELLs to overcome some of their communication challenges. Whether teachers use art as part of meaning-making activities for learners or as ways to support language acquisition, art can be a fun and valuable addition to the language classroom. Find out more atA M Teacher´s corner article



Simple Ways to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning in class

Emotional intelligence: why it matters and how to teach it


Teaching young people skills such as active listening, self-awareness and empathy can equip them to succeed both academically and socially…

  1.  Start the day with a check-in.
  2. Use story time for teachable moments.
  3. Work in Partnership
  4. Teach them how to work in group
  5. Nurture a culture of kidness
  6. Give them new words to say
  7. Set up a Peace Place
  8. Teach your students how to manage conflict with peer mediation. 
  9. Use anchor charts to teach social-emotional skills.
  10. Practice lots of role-play.
  11. Allow for talk time.
  12. Play games to build community.1702-SocialEmotional-illusCobb
  13. Build community with teams.
  14. Teach them to monitor their own progress.
  15. Hold class meetings.
  16. Make space for reflective writing.
  17. Encourage expression through art.
  18. Assign interview projects.
  19. Put them to work.
  20. End each day with a checkout


Sources & related links: School Library JournalThe Guardian (U.K.) ;     WeareTeachers(U.S.A.)

Teach with Films

Create lesson plans for English Language and Literature based on movies and films.

original-3135828-1The use of technology, now  available in the classroom, using visuals, specifically films, seems like an effective  teaching tool. For example,many of the basic elements of literature can be illustrated using films. Short film clips are readily available now, making it possible to use various clips to help explain concepts like point of view, symbolism, and tone. Another benefit of using film is that it provides a source of authentic and varied language. Film provides students with examples of English used in ‘real’ situations outside the classroom, particularly interactive language – the language of real-life conversation. Film exposes students to natural expressions and the natural flow of speech. If they are not living in an English-speaking environment, perhaps only film and television can provide learners with this real-life language input. Films also can bring variety and flexibility to the language classroom by extending the range of teaching techniques and resources, helping students to develop all four communicative skills. For example, a whole film or sequence can be used to practise listening and reading, and as a model for speaking and writing. What is more,films can  act as a springboard for follow-up tasks such as discussions, debates on social issues, role plays, reconstructing a dialogue or summarising. It is also possible to bring further variety to the language learning classroom by screening different types of film: feature-length films, short sequences of films, short films, and adverts.  Websites and blogs help to provide detailed and well-structured lesson plans based on film and television clips, short films and viral videos, which save the busy teacher a lot of time. Here are some to follow:

The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

TESOL International Association has defined a core set of principles for the exemplary teaching of English learners. The 6 Principles are universal guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory. They are targets for teaching excellence and should undergird any program of English language instruction.

  1. Know Your Learners
  2. Create Conditions for Language Learning
  3. Design High -Quality Lessons for Language Development
  4. Adapt Delivery as Needed
  5. Monitor and Assess Student Language Development
  6. Engage and Collaborate within Community of Practice