It’s July! For most of us, that probably means it’s break time… which means, in teacher-speak, that now is the time we can spend looking for cool lessons, prepping for said lessons, and reviewing the past semester for ways we can improve! Right? 🙂
Seriously, though, the summer and winter vacations are often times when we get to step back, take a breath, and see what we need to tweak in our classrooms. Even teachers who have been working for 10, 15, or 20 years will change up their classrooms in some way. Times change, things come up, our students face new challenges, and so we as teachers have to adapt to the ever-varying landscape. That’s why in this post, I wanted to highlight some things in the Database that are good resources to explore during the break.
Some general advice:
The Grebe Tips and Book Suggestions (found here) file lists some book recommendations and advice on how to both teach and survive your own unique classroom. I really like that psychology books are included- I think it’s so helpful for teachers to realize that so much of our student’s behavior has very little to do with us, and everything to do with what they’re dealing with.
Some remedial teaching strategies:
The Remedial English Teaching Handbook found in this folder is Malasyian based, but the lessons can be adapted to fit your grant country. It’s also a great example of how to write a lesson plan/what you need to think about when preparing your lessons, so it’s worth a look even if you have older students!
Some Fulbright History:
Finally, for University level, there’s a great PPT explaining the history of Fulbright. The overall PPT was used for a #StandForFulbright letter writing activity in 2018, but you can edit it as you like to just give an overview of what the Fulbright program is. As the authors say in one of their notes, since Fulbright does go both ways (people from the US go to other countries and they come to the US), it’s good to let the students know about the opportunities they might have if they get a Fulbright scholarship.
And that’s all I have for today! I hope everyone enjoys their summertime (or wintertime, for our friends in the Southern hemisphere), and gets some rest to come back strong from break!