Thursday, October 23, 2014

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: Bryan Adams - Summer of 69

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: Bryan Adams - Summer of 69: This is from my son, Bartek. He is a drummer and a great singer. Bartek used to sing this song for me. I love this. I brought him wit...

Bryan Adams - Summer of 69

This is from my son, Bartek.

He is a drummer and a great singer.
Bartek used to sing this song for me. I love this.


I brought him with  my music and he is a music lover.

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: What is important in Education?

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: What is important in Education?: I am going to talk about active teaching. For me - teaching online is using technology in the classroom; as an additional method of ...

What is important in Education?


I am going to talk about active teaching.
For me - teaching online is using technology in the classroom; as an additional method of traditional teaching.
I am for blended learning which means - taking advantage of both, traditional f2f techniques and possibilities given by new technologies.
Some say that: participants in online classes seemed to be more involved and engaged in lesson activities than students in traditional classes.
In my view, we can activate our learners, in the same way, in both situations.
Getting decent communication in different educational settings requires altered teaching approaches.
This way we can change them from passive learners to active students.
But how to help them learn actively and meaningfully, it is a separate issue.
Active learning includes providing chances for students to discuss and listen meaningfully, write, read, and reflect on the content, ideas, issues, and concerns of an academic subject.
(Meyers & Jones, 1993, p. 6)
Confucius’s aphorism:
I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.
(Page 75 Instruction at FSU Handbook 2011)
Should not be forgotten.
By doing and practicing, we build our long-term memory library.
Short term recollection is formed mostly by memorizing, which is, unfortunately, assessed in the majority of schools.
My experience tells that I ought to practice active learning principles to progress activities for my students that best mirror my particular communication style. What is more, I choose the subjects, forms of thinking, and strategies to solve the problems that should be understood and relate to the topics.
This method will help me to create “active learners”.
Looking for answers to the most common questions: what, when, where, who, why, why don't, how, etc. is always the starting point.
As a result of our discussion - we can put together part of incompetent content knowledgeable student with fully involved learner and self-motivated thinker.
Traditional education focuses on teaching, not learning. In most schools, memorization is mistaken for learning. Taking part in free study lessons and online Speaking Groups, will help a lot. This would also increase our confidence in speaking, as well as improve vocabulary and pronunciation. Additional excellent setting to practice is   Virtual Classroom such as WizIQ, where teachers would encourage us to work on all language skills.
Standards for Foreign Language Learning
Communication
Communicate in Languages Other Than English
Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information,
express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a
variety of topics.
Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of
listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

In my view, the most important skill to master is speaking the language. Communication is a difficult assignment especially if you don’t live or work in a native speaking count. We can look for reliable supports to talk to via Skype. It is essential to find someone whom we’re comfortable talking to. The process of natural assimilation, involving intuition and subconscious learning. It is the product of real interactions between people in environments of the target language and culture, where the learner is an active player. It is similar to the way children learn their native tongue, a process that produces functional skill in the spoken language without theoretical knowledge. It develops familiarity with the phonetic characteristics of the language as well as its structure and vocabulary, and is responsible for oral understanding, the capability for creative communication and the identification of cultural values.
A classic example of second language acquisition is the adolescents and young adults that live abroad for a year in an exchange program, often attaining near native fluency, while knowing little about the language. They have a good pronunciation without a notion of phonology, don't know what the perfect tense is, modal or phrasal verbs are, but they intuitively recognize and know how to use all the structures.
The traditional approach to the study of languages and today is still practiced in high schools worldwide. Attention is focused on the language in its written form, and the objective is for the student to understand the structure and rules of the language, whose parts are dissected and analyzed. The task requires intellectual effort and deductive reasoning. The body is of greater importance than communication. Teaching and learning are technical and based on the syllabus. One studies the theory in the absence of the practice. One values the correct and represses the incorrect. Error correction is constant leaving little room for spontaneity. The teacher is an authority figure, and the participation of the student is predominantly passive. Schools will teach how to form interrogative and negative sentences, force to memorize irregular verbs, study modal verbs, etc., Therefore, students hardly ever masters the use of these structures in conversation.
The efficient teaching of languages isn't that tied to a packaged course of structured lessons based on grammatical sequencing, translation or oral drilling, nor is the one that relies on technological resources. Well-organized teaching is personalized, takes place in a bicultural environment and is based on the personal skills of the facilitator in building relationships and creating situations of real communication with comprehensible input focusing on the learner's interests.
Krashen, Stephen D.  Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition.  Prentice-Hall International, 1987.
Krashen, Stephen D.  Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning.  Prentice-Hall International, 1988.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Breakfast in America by singer-songwriter Roger Hodgson (Supertramp)




 
 

 
 

Dr. Cheryl Lentz Sizzles as a Motivational Speaker




My Dear Friend Cheryl gave a powerful presentation in my Wroclaw University of Technology.
This is what Dr. Cheryl says:


August 2014, Dr Cheryl Lentz You Tube Channel has

100 videos with 42,000+ downloads (and counting!).







My blog offered the ability to clone myself---as often as a student might need, at their convenience, and in their time zone, as often as they like, when they need information.


 




Sunday, October 19, 2014

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around the...

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around the...: While walking down the street in Santa Monica, CA, the Playing For Change crew heard Roger Ridley singing “Stand By Me” from a block ...

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around the World




While walking down the street in Santa Monica, CA, the Playing For Change crew heard Roger Ridley singing “Stand By Me” from a block away.  His voice, soul and passion set us on a journey around the world to add other musicians to his performance.

This song transformed Playing For Change from a small group of individuals into a global movement for peace and understanding.

This track features over 35 musicians collaborating from all over the world; they may have never met in person, but in this case, the music does the talking.
I love this music....

A Better Place | Playing For Change




Playing for Change is a multimedia music project, created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation, which builds music schools for children around the world.

In 2005, Mark Johnson was walking in Santa Monica, California, when he heard the voice of Roger Ridley (now deceased) singing “Stand By Me.”  Roger had so much soul and conviction in his voice, and Mark approached him about performing “Stand By Me” as a Song Around The World. Roger agreed, and when Mark returned with recording equipment and cameras he asked Roger, “With a voice like yours, why are you singing on the streets?” Roger replied, “Man I’m in the Joy business, I come out to be with the people.” Ever since that day, the Playing For Change crew has traveled the world recording and filming musicians, creating Songs Around The World, and building a global family.

 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Connected Educators 2014

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 Connected Educator Month: Those who do, teach. Own it, worldwide. October 2014.
A celebration of community, with educators at all levels, from all disciplines, moving towards a fully connected and collaborative profession. Convened by the connected education community, with the full support of the U.S. Department of Education, building on the success of previous years with hundreds of new events and activities from dozens of organizations and communities. We’ll be working together, in October and beyond, with all stakeholders, leaving no device unturned, no country or learning environment unexplored. Get involved at connectededucators.org.

About Connected Educator Month

Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) the past two years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming.
Highlights of CEM 2013 included:
  • More than 300 major education organizations, companies, or communities officially participating, including, for the first time, entire states and districts
  • More than 600 national events and activities conducted officially (on the CEM calendar), many more conducted independently
  • More than 1 million web pages and other online locations referencing, promoting, or discussing the event (a 300% increase over CEM 2012)
  • More than 14 million educators and others reached around the world via Twitter alone (more than triple the reach of 2012)
  • Recognition as one of the top educational technology news stories of both 2012 and 2013 
For more information about the first two years of CEM, see our reports on the 2012 and 2013 events, and/or this post and video by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (who hosted his first Twitter chat as part of the 2013 celebration). Connected Educator Month in 2012 and 2013 was convened by the American Institutes for Research and its partners in the Connected Educators project (2010-2014), on behalf of the Office of Educational Technology of the United States Department of Education.

CEM 2014

As successful as CEM 2013 was, there are still educators who are not connected, and many more who are not yet taking full advantage of the opportunities connected education affords. More broadly, the field of connected education itself is still in need of further stimulation and development. Based on participant feedback, we hope to:
  • Make the event more fully global, to better incorporate learnings from around the world, supporting multiple countries in the development of full event slates as part of the celebration
  • Make the celebration more fully mobile and blended, in reflection of trends in educational practice and educator use
  • Provide a greater emphasis on collaboration in our planning, tools, and activities, as the logical next step beyond connection, and address participants’ desire for a more action-oriented approach (2x+ as many events were collaborative in 2013)
  • Launch a series of ongoing connected education initiatives during the month (our own and others) to keep momentum building throughout the year, as well as develop more year-round resources (like 2013’s district toolkit)
  • Include more events/activities that pull in other education stakeholders—parents, students, whole school communities, policymakers—to magnify the event’s creative impact We also expect to enhance CEM’s editorial programming and infrastructure to keep the event fully accessible as it continues to grow, as well as engage in more extensive capacity-building to empower the broader community to take more ownership of the celebration.

Monday, October 6, 2014

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: The Learning Revolution

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: The Learning Revolution: October 5 is the day we commemorate World Teachers’ Day. On this day, we celebrate awareness and appreciation of teachers’ contribution...

The Learning Revolution

EnglishCentral: Watch | Learn | SpeakEnglishCentral: Watch | Learn | Speak


EnglishCentral: Watch | Learn | SpeakOctober 5 is the day we commemorate World Teachers’ Day. On this day, we celebrate awareness and appreciation of teachers’ contributions to education and society. Inspire and be inspired by their lifelong passion to educate the world. Thank a teacher today.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Martina McBride - I can't stop loving you

I love this song, lots of memories. Martina Mcbride, and those kids really did a good job.The performance is wonderful.
I can't stop listening to the song....