Issue 2 of ELTmag is now online at www.ELTmag.com. This issue contains practical teaching ideas from teachers around the world – Spain, Britain, Austria, Iran, New Zealand and Chile – including well-known authors Russell Stannard, Charlie Hadfield, Jamie Keddie , Nicky Hockly, Thomas Jerome Baker and Marjorie Rosenberg.
Besides the usual features, we have two new features this issue: Into the Classroom and Weblinks.
Into the Classroom, aims to bring research into classroom practice and features articles outlining a piece of research in a brief and readable way and exploring direct applications for the classroom.
Weblinks provides a list of links to sites with useful materials for teachers.
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This book tells the story of EdCamp Santiago. EdCamp is a R(E)volution in professional develoment. It is free, participant-driven, conversation-based, democratic PD for teachers, by teachers.
There are no plenaries, no publishers book displays, just teachers talking to teachers, sharing best practice: what works in the classroom, practical, not theoretical knowledge.
Soy un maestro. Soy el más afortunado de todos quienes trabajan. A un médico se le permite traer una vida en un momento mágico. A mí se me permite que esa vida renazca día a a día con nuevas preguntas, ideas y amistades.
EdCamp Santiago es la desconferencia. Entrada gratuita, desarrollo profesional, por profesores, para profesores. Compartir en vez de competir, aprendizaje entre pares. Participantes comparten y intercambian sus mejores prácticas pedagógicas: “Best Practices”.
This is the first book about the unconference movement that seeks to address the question: Is the unconference dead? It looks at BarCamp, Edcamp, Educamp, TeachMeet and weighs in on hybrid events – traditional conferences that include an unconference track.
Thomas, himself a Co-Founder & Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, reassures the potential unconference organiser that organising a perfect unconference is a lot less complicated than it seems. “…a perfect unconference … would be a jam session, a moveable feast. Improvisation has signal, it has pattern, it has structure, it has plans, but it also has the freedom to say or play what it seems right to say or play at that moment. Whatever works is what I want to be free to do, what the work of the “un” ought to accomplish, to make working an always-provisional, always-scrutinized, always-open value. Let a thousand models bloom, and then cross-pollinate.” (Timothy Burke, February 9, 2012, “Easily Distracted”)
I am grateful and thankful for all the informal and formal learning opportunities I have had access to through the individual and collective members of my PLN, my Professional Learning Network. Each one of you is indispensable to my learning, and thusly, I treasure all of you, equally. Thank you. Thanks to the 1,980 members of my LinkedIn network. Through you, I have access to the collective wisdom and knowledge of 12,614,973 people. Let me spell that out: Twelve million, six hundred fourteen thousand, nine hundred and seventy three people. That’s an awful lot of people to have in a PLN.
For more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. Distinguished from the detached formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive toward candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of daily life-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love and disappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk — to offer insight into the human condition and the great social and political issues of the day. “Most Studious” is a celebration of this genre: the personal essay.
This book is highly practical while addressing the theory underpinning academic writing. It is organized into three parts. Part One: “Writing for Scholarly Publication”, takes a historical look at Academic Writing to inform contents for an Academic Writing course. Part Two, “Helping Preservice Teachers” gives an actual course plan used sucessfully by the author. Part Three, “The Passive Voice Controversy“, demythifies the active voice / passive voice controversy. This is a must have for teachers and students alike.
Teaching Academic Writing: Theory, Practice & The Passive Voice Controversy (Volume 1) [Paperback]
This book is highly practical while addressing the theory underpinning academic writing. It is organized into three parts. Part One: “Writing for Scholarly Publication“, takes a historical look at Academic Writing to inform contents for an Academic Writing course. Part Two, “Helping Preservice Teachers” gives an actual course plan used sucessfully by the author. Part Three, “The Passive Voice Controversy”, demythifies the active voice / passive voice controversy. This is a must have for teachers and students alike.
The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.
It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.
I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.
In this endeavour, it is my belief that the International Baccalaureate merits a closer look, based on their more than 40 year history of delivering consistently excellent results.
I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.
Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.
He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.
Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.
Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty four (44) books overall.
The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.