Using your brain: what neuroscience can teach us about learning
Considering that our brains are the key tool for learning, it is surprising how rarely teacher education focuses on neuroscience. Education is full of vague statements about only using 10% of our brains, or using the right or left brain, or being a kinaesthetic learner, but are these really based in science? In this session we look at what recent research has to tell us about learning, looking specifically at motivation and memory, and how to apply these findings in the classroom to help students learn more easily and effectively.
Interview with Cecilia Nobre
Planning for differentiation
The session will start by looking at some of the ways in which learners can differ from each other- needs interests and abilities. We will briefly consider the term ‘mixed ability’ and why differentiation is becoming more popular, and what exactly it means. We will then explore a range of strategies for differentiating by task, teaching method and outcome.
How to get students writing and loving it.
Teaching Advanced Learners and Language for the future are both available on the OUP site. You need to register for the Teachers’ Club (which is free) and you can then access the webinars in the archive.
More than just a worksheet: how to write effective classroom materials
Many teachers produce their own materials, either from necessity or to provide something more tailored to the needs of their students. However, writing materials for a whole lesson, which really engage the learners and focus effectively on language, is quite a challenge. Teachers learn through experience, but are rarely given much support or training in this area.
In this session we look at a simple recipe or template (based on Hutchinson and Waters 1987) for producing complete lessons, and consider a variety of do’s and don’ts taken from my experience as a professional materials writer.
We will look at plenty of practical examples, and participants will carry out a number of tasks. The aim is for participants to go away more confident in their ability to create their own materials.