Internet and Education—One Mom’s Perspective

Written by A.R. Linder

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The Law of Intensity deals withrepparttar vividness ofrepparttar 109355 learning experience. If I take my child torepparttar 109356 zoo to learn about animals, he or she will learn more than if I just explainrepparttar 109357 animals. One of my favorite sites for young kids is My younger nieces and nephews are fascinated withrepparttar 109358 animals they are familiar with, but just spillover with excitement as they manipulaterepparttar 109359 animals to make new ones. I think that my daughter and I are really supposed to be a little old forrepparttar 109360 activity, but in all truthfulness we have a great time with it too. There are so many places out there that I neither haverepparttar 109361 time norrepparttar 109362 money to take my child. The Internet has been especially useful in getting my child to those places. At our fingertips we haverepparttar 109363 Virtual Smithsonian Institute andrepparttar 109364 National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. At we have in living color enjoyed films and photos of Madagascar, Tibet,repparttar 109365 Amazon and several other far away places. Throughrepparttar 109366 gateway of, we have viewed museums all overrepparttar 109367 world including my personal favoriterepparttar 109368 web only exhibits of our National Museum of Air and Space in Washington DC. And let’s not forgetrepparttar 109369 brick and mortar library. Before computersrepparttar 109370 library is how my parents took me to far away places. It still works and every library that we have visited recently also has wonderful computer resources as well. So, if you don’t have a computer at home, that is certainly no excuse for not spending some time with your child using this wonderful technology. And I still buy books for presents—wonderful, exciting, colorful books.

What is learned most recently is remembered best isrepparttar 109371 essence of Thorndike’s Law of Recency. And that is why those reviews right beforerepparttar 109372 test are so very important. We have also foundrepparttar 109373 hundreds of little quizzes onrepparttar 109374 Internet to be helpful in this area, for instancerepparttar 109375 quizzes on U.S. States and rivers and more,repparttar 109376 Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) writing exercises, andrepparttar 109377 Who Wants to Win $1,000,000 ?—Science Game.

Thorndike’s laws are by no meansrepparttar 109378 last word inrepparttar 109379 education of children, and because of that I spend a lot of time at sites such asrepparttar 109380 The Education Place and Education World-- The Educator's Best Friend. These sites andrepparttar 109381 many others like them, including my own website featuringrepparttar 109382 websites I have used in educating my child, keep us updated onrepparttar 109383 newest andrepparttar 109384 best resources in education and help us in making decisions regarding our children’s education.

We have heard it time and time again—whether we believe it or not. There is just not enough time inrepparttar 109385 school day for your child to learn allrepparttar 109386 things he or she needs to learn. I have found it to be equallyrepparttar 109387 case that there is also little time after school for me to dedicate to my child’s learning. It seems after career, housework andrepparttar 109388 business of running a household,repparttar 109389 time I want to spend with my child is not teaching time but chill out time.

But be that as it may, I have tried hard to make time for teaching as well. Andrepparttar 109390 resources onrepparttar 109391 Internet have definitely helped. While I’m doing some of those household duties, I can park my child right in front of that computer at a website that I have reviewed. And then we can get together afterward and talk aboutrepparttar 109392 site as well asrepparttar 109393 rest of our day. These sites have also helped withrepparttar 109394 budget because free resources are definitely cheaper than a lot ofrepparttar 109395 software out there—although I have definitely invested in that for Christmas and birthdays.

If you think that I have developed a computer geek, you are wholly wrong—although I don’t think this would necessarily be a bad thing. This a child who in addition torepparttar 109396 Honor Roll, is a member ofrepparttar 109397 school basketball team, several clubs and organizations, a team leader forrepparttar 109398 Odyssey ofrepparttar 109399 Mind competition,repparttar 109400 first runner-up for her school pageant and a social butterfly.

I truly believe thatrepparttar 109401 resources ofrepparttar 109402 Internet have helped my daughter to tap into all of her talents.

A.R. Linder is the editor of compilation of websites showcasing Southwest Georgia. A cornerstone of the website is a wonderful area called --a collection of many of the websites she has used in educating herself and her child. Ms. Linder is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She has over 15 years of experience in training and workforce development.

Teaching ESL to children in Japan is easy with the right tools!

Written by Craig Desorcy

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7. Next we have song time. Get them moving after sitting for some time. You can use songs such as “Head-shoulders-knees and Toes”, “If you’re Happy and you Know it.”

8. Vowel Drill time. I have a vowel poster with words and pictures glued to a big piece of cardboard and I drillrepparttar vowels. I sayrepparttar 109354 sound and word of a vowel and they repeat. Again speed isrepparttar 109355 key. I also use a funny voice and chantrepparttar 109356 vowel sound and word. Make up some silly chant and they will follow, loving it and you!

9. Counting. I count 1 to 10 but it goes like this. I say one, they say two and so on. Do it really fast and they’ll like it.

10. I throw about 25 cards all overrepparttar 109357 room. Today we are doingrepparttar 109358 vowel “a” sorepparttar 109359 cards are all words and photos starting withrepparttar 109360 letter a. Each card has 4 to 5 ofrepparttar 109361 same thing so everyone can get one. Then I call out “Ahhh” and then sayrepparttar 109362 word apple! They have to find allrepparttar 109363 cards with an apple on it. Once this is done they countrepparttar 109364 cards and tell me how many they have.

11. They sit down and we do a page from their textbook and workbook.

Next isrepparttar 109365 “Good-bye” song and a big “See you next week!”

I changerepparttar 109366 procedure every six classes butrepparttar 109367 color handouts and textbook materials change every class.

Most teachers will not put this kind of power and preparation into their classes and that’s why they’re part ofrepparttar 109368 80% that are just getting by.

Whatever… Here arerepparttar 109369 key ingredients to remember in order to be successful working with kids.

Every activity should have a goal/objective that contains an educational and entertaining element to it.

Time-wasting, meaningless activities are forrepparttar 109370 weak and lazy. If you do this you are just another fly by night foreigner who will be found out and tossed out.

Touch your kids. Shake their hands, give them high fives, tickle gently them and so on. Kids don’t have word power yet and they depend heavily on their feelings to guide them and communicate with others. Playing with them physically will buildrepparttar 109371 rapport which is needed to guide them through your lessons. (Some schools have rules against physical contact but it’s mostly for adult students.)

Respect your kids by thanking them in advance for doing activities. Always use “Please”, “Thank you”, “You’rerepparttar 109372 best”, “Good job” and so on.

Praise them every chance you get and build them up honestly.

If you notice some of your activities are bombing during a class drop them, go into your next one (always have one or two back up, sure-fire activities just in case) without missing a beat. Later, figure out whyrepparttar 109373 activities were bombing but don’t discard them. Don’t ever blamerepparttar 109374 kids for your difficulties.

Join ETJ online discussion forum for teachers teaching in Japan. Here you can ponder with others overrepparttar 109375 activities you are trying to fine tune and find other related help.

Each activity should be done in a different part ofrepparttar 109376 room. Keeprepparttar 109377 kids moving!

Of course you should always take courses on teaching kids while you’re here and read as many books as you can onrepparttar 109378 subject.

You can find books on teaching Japanese children English at any online bookstore.

In Japan there are 100-yen shops. Back home they’re called dollar shops. Here’s where you can get ideas and great material to create killer activities forrepparttar 109379 little ones. But don’t spend too much. You many want to put 2,000 yen away per month for this stuff (2,000 yen is about US$19).

Use a lot of TPR in your classes with kids and adults. TRP stands for “Total physical Response Teaching.” Check outrepparttar 109380 following links for info on TPR Total Physical Response

Follow my instruction and you will be way ahead of anyone just coming here trying to figure things out alone.

To your ESL teaching success and beyond,

Craig Desorcy

P.S. Want to live and work in Japan? Already in Japan? Want to do really well in Japan as an English teacher even with no experience? Please have a look at my ebook.

*********************************************************************** This article is an inserte from an ebook called “The Super teaching in Japan Handbook” Copyright © 2003, Craig Desorcy Reproduction, translation or electronically transmitted of any part of this work beyond that permitted by Section 107 or 108 ofrepparttar 109381 1976 United States Copyright Act withoutrepparttar 109382 permission ofrepparttar 109383 copyright owner is againstrepparttar 109384 law. ***********************************************************************

Craig Desorcy is a very popular ESL teacher living and working in Japan for eight years now. He is the author of The Super Teaching in Japan Handbook. This is an ebook to help people live, work and thrive in Japan as an ESL teacher.

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