READING ESL: Thai tattoos

READING ESL: Thai Tattoos

Foreigners getting Thai-style Buddhist tattoos: good or bad?

Here is a plain English version of an interesting article from the Agence France Presse (AFP) international news agency about foreigners who get tattoos in Thailand. I have linked to the original article published on the Free Malaysia Today online news portal at the end of this plain English version. I have also provided a glossary of the less commonly used English words that appear in the original story.

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LTL DISCUSSION: Six of the Worst!

LTL DISCUSSION: Six of the Worst!

Earlier, I wrote about top tips for successful classroom management (HERE: Six of the Best). Now I want to think about the six worst things a teacher can do from the point of view of managing learning. Classroom management, of course, is not just about modifying behaviour, it is about modifying behaviour in order to promote learning.

How would you rank the following mismanagement techniques?

Rank these classic fails in ascending order; from 6 (bad) to 1 (VERY bad).

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LTL DISCUSSION: the classroom manager

LTL DISCUSSION: The Classroom Manager

Classroom management: What is it and why do we need it?

Project management makes sure that everyone knows what they have to do, and when they have to do it. Resource management ensures that we don’t run out of stuff, and everyone gets their fair share. Time management is about getting everything done with enough time left over for the fun stuff. So, what is classroom management? Basically, an effective classroom manager creates an environment where learning is a fun and rewarding thing to do – for everybody.

Classroom management is often described in terms of the students’ behaviour. Younger learners are trained to sit properly at their tables, to keep quiet and pay attention, but what classroom management rules do teachers apply to themselves? An effective classroom manager is skillfully managing the students’ learning. The students can be as quiet and well behaved as you like, but being well-behaved in class is NOT the same thing as being engaged and learning.

What are the teacher’s responsibilities?

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The whole process of learning in schools around the world is rigorously assessed and monitored by education departments and ministries. Education theories are applied (or not) as the experts see fit, but schools in poor areas are STILL failing to educate the children from poorer families.

Why is this?

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