What’s new in your classroom this semester?



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Fun question and I can’t wait to hear from the PLN… but first, let’s qualify this question:

A classroom typically used to have four walls and 10,  20, or even 400 students.  Nowadays, it can be anywhere and even a joining of many anywheres— your office, your online students’ living rooms or a cybercafé just as much as it can be a traditional classroom or a private school’s one-on-one meeting space.

Likewise, when I say something new, I’m not necessarily referring to an object, but it could be that; or, it could be a new type of approach, or a new environment, or a new online program your using.  Yes, diversity in teaching situations is the name of the game this century ;-)

So, what’s new for you?

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  • Marisa Pavan

    Hi Brad!

    What an insightful question! I always do my best to innovate my approach so as to motivate and inspire my students: new tasks, new presentation of grammar points, new songs, videos and online activities.


  • http://blog.edulang.com/ Brad Patterson

    I think I do as much innovation for myself as I do my students—- too much of the same gets boring for us all! Thanks Marisa!

  • susita001

    Hi Brad,
    What I love about the first lecture is the variety of students that are in the class. According to their skills sets, we set up a curriculum based on their needs, wants and, yes, want nots. Every semester there are similar sets of tasks but according however, according to the students’ needs,This keeps everything exciting and new and inspirational. The students are highly motivated due to their direct influence on the curriculum.

  • http://blog.edulang.com/ Brad Patterson

    Hi Susita,

    Nice to hear that you include “want nots”! Giving students that much impact on their curriculum is great and I’m glad that you work in an environment where you have that liberty!

    Cheers, Brad

  • http://profiles.google.com/dave.dodgson David Dodgson

    New coursebooks, new ‘CLIL-based’ curriculum, new education system (with 5th grade now the first year of middle school instead of the last year of primary)


    same old problems – over-loaded syllabus, exam-based assessment and kids who are reluctant to speak English… At least I can do something about the last one!

  • http://blog.edulang.com/ Brad Patterson

    Glad to hear you’ve got all your “don’t want to speak English” tricks inline.

    Frustrating to not have the liberty to establish your own curriculum… #BeenThereBefore

  • http://www.facebook.com/edusantosrec Eduardo Santos

    Hi Brad,

    Although I’m not ‘inside’ the classroom this semester, one of my responsibilities is to observe lessons from VYLs to Exam classes. A few things I’ve noticed to be ‘new’ this semester are:
    - Blended learning with the use of Facebook groups, apps and websites for remedial work outside the classroom.
    - More smartphones being used in the classroom: partially for educational purpose, other times whatsapp, facebook or instagram.
    - Compared to the last semesters, there seems to be more parents wanting to know more about their kids’ performance. They either come to meetings, contact the teacher or schedule meetings with the academic manager.

  • http://blog.edulang.com/ Brad Patterson

    Hey Eduardo,

    Those all sound like fun new developments. I’d love to hear more about how some of the students are interacting in those Facebook groups— maybe over a glass of wine in Paris ;-)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Cheers, Brad

  • http://twitter.com/seburnt Tyson Seburn

    Looking forward to hearing how the whole ‘change’ evolves this term!

  • http://twitter.com/seburnt Tyson Seburn

    This year, my teaching load is half of what it was last year and I’m coordinating all courses within the program. That means I get to have better connections and build better connections between all the course units that have the same goals. Plus, with half the teaching load, now I can spend more time with the students I have than with double that many.