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all the #1 picks in elt d deubelbeiss turn the page and read about all the best in english language teaching a world of discovery and professional development awaits dance clt activity language reference book review game inspiring kid teaching tool creative writing site commercial for teaching way to quiet students video about mother nature pronunciation site misspelled word teacher training course icebreaker conversational game word used in class motivation for teachers way to introduce phonics summer teaching tool book to help teachers teach online needs survey advice to teachers non-academic speech film audio application reward to give students student created video blog post documentary way to assess no cost teacher digital story site way to display student work motivation for students online yl vocab activity for yls way to randomly choose students website for language teachers thing we know about learning a language royalty free photo site weakness of teachers xmas story feature of an expert teacher story for predicting xmas gift for a teacher short video for teens short video for yls expert in grammar book on language person in elt textbook lesson friend at school song teaching book teacher resource blogging service


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i am an experiment of one stephen jay gould a mind ever curious and for whom this book is dedicated © 2010 by i m press isbn lccn printed in the whole wide world


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about the author david deubelbeiss is an educator presently living in seoul korea he has traveled around the world teaching and living in many countries he spends his time inspiring other teachers and breathing in and out his philosophy of when one teaches two learn about this book this book grew out of the thoughts and preoccupations of the year 2009 ­ 2010 as a workshop leader/presenter in tesol and a professor teaching graduate students i had come to the conclusion that there were too many lists the profession i was dedicated to and loved overburdened by information overload i tried in this book to remedy that with resolve i used my decades of experience in curriculum and materials development to cut to the chase and make the search for gold a little easier for new and developing teachers please enjoy these thoughts i ll be sure to be adding to this collection over the next year all the pages are hyperlinked for quick access to multimedia materials but remember they are only my opinion and they stand as a catalyst for each teacher to take their own path and arrive at their own conclusions ultimately what is number one is what fits best within our own heart and teaching mind links my blog http my personal page http email


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the #1 table of contents commercial about learning a language documentary about a class language review game piece of advice to teachers kid to inspire your students icebreaker for language classes motivation for a teacher student made music video book about language video for teens non academic speech about education misspelled word in english blog post for educators way to motivate students way to do an online needs survey conversational game video to introduce phonics reference book for language online pronunciation practice site way to quiet down students prize for students way to assess students 2 activity for young learners summer teaching tool film for teaching royalty free online photo site 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 18 19 20 22 23 25 26 27 28 30 31 32 33 site for making digital stories teacher training course short video for young learners book to help teachers teach teaching tool lesson from a textbook video about mother earth word used in a classroom story to teach at christmas for young learners vocabulary 24/7 no cost teacher audio application friend at school song to use in language teaching way to choose a student in class documentary in education communicative language activity online story writing site lesson from a textbook way to display student work way to tell the teacher is an expert story for predicting way to get students self-learning faux pas of classroom instruction gift for a teacher person in elt 34 36 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 51 52 53 55 56 57 58 58 59 60 61 61 and more


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the #1 commercial about learning a language the german submarine i ve use this video a lot during my workshops and presentations to practicing or pre-service teachers it makes a serious point but also has levity that really relaxes everyone and gets us ready for the session a few notable mentions the cat and fish the laundromat if you liked this you will like these posts on using commercials in the classroom!


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the #1 documentary about a class children full of life yes it isn t easy to decide on one video but on the other hand this choice was easy children full of life is a 2003 documentary about mr kanamori and his grade 4 class in japan you spend a year with them in their classroom and see how a master teacher operates and how they learn the secret to happiness and togetherness through journal writing and sharing he states a teachers job is to show students how precious and beautiful life is powerful!


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the #1 language review game baam i created this power point game a few years ago and since then it has become a classic most visited resource on efl classroom 2.0 with combined downloads of 30,000 that s a lot of baam games floating out there it is the perfect way for teachers to review their course content just put in your own questions prompts into one of 3 templates mini10 medium 15 large 25 and you ll have a great time with students even better get the students to prepare a baam game to play in class i came up with the idea after being told many times by teachers that the standard jeopardy game was okay but the lower level students just lost interest and tuned out i wondered to myself how i could create a simple game where that would have an element of unexpected chance so to keep the attention of lower level quite bewildered by a second language students baam was born even up to the last question you don t know which team has won one tip get one student on each team to be their team s scorekeeper or appoint someone to do it on the board you are too busy doing other things as the teacher you can also play the low tech non power point version of baam get all the materials instructions here get instructions and all the baam games get all the games in our power point resources thousands of already made games on efl classroom 2.0 also a close second is fling the teacher!


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the #1 piece of advice for teachers you are replaceable yes that s it in a nutshell it is a hard thing to learn however simple and comprehensible on the surface i ve worked and given my best in a lot of jobs but make no mistake i learned the hard way we/i/you/them all expendable and replaceable i m fortunate to be in a position to be absolutely frank and to the point with teachers also fortunate to be asked for advice at times the greatest thing a teacher can learn is that despite their greatness despite all they do despite how much attachment they form to a class a school you can be replaced be it a substitute or be it with a new teacher the next year or be it upon your leaving you will for the most part be forgotten that s the nature of things and your job is to be in the moment don t seek immortality or being omnipotent you will fall hard tough medicine chew and swallow it will make you realize what your place/job is all about.


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the #1 kid to inspire your students the hey jude kid this tottler just 2 years old at the time belts out hey jude with the best of them really inspiring and after watching your students will be a little more apt to take a swing and just try to speak some english he really helps lower the affective filter strong seconds and recommendations go to lily the geography genius and andora svitak the young writing genius.


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the #1 icebreaker for language classes 2 truths and 1 lie i thought long and hard about this one and despite some other candidates this activity due to its simplicity personalization and structured language use gets the vote plus i ve heard more good reports about this game than any other it also has many variations truths and a lie each group/class member writes 2 true facts and one lie on a card the teacher collects the cards and reads them aloud the rest of the group/class tries to guess who it is and which fact is the lie for lower level classes put sentence fragments on the board and the students just finish them off the teacher should be the first to do this and should write his/her sentences on the board students can vote on which they think is the lie this will clearly model the activity here are my own standards can you guess which is a lie a i wish i were more muscular b i wish i could play a musical instrument c i wish i had a dog i like using the 3 wishes variation for higher level students this can become a full lesson where the students afterwards get their wishes granted see the explanation here also see the snowball fight variation of this great icebreaker for more ideas see this discussion on the first week and this one on icebreakers.


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the #1 motivation for a teacher a good pay check once you wipe away your idealism or walk the talk as a teacher you will conclude that there is no more powerful way to make a great teacher than a nice solid reliable pay check i remember my days in the toronto district school board i taught in a few working class schools lots of great teachers but lots of problems like a war zone on many days and on most days lots of teachers walking around with scowls and a heaviness upon them yet come every second thursday what life exuberance and euphoria classrooms were active and filled with learning i remember when we got our union fought retroactive pay increase omg what teaching wondrous lessons pulled out of a hat for weeks on end could you imagine this grade 4 teacher doing a great job so however idealistic you or myself may think appear we should also know the score it is much easier to be a great teacher if you feel like you are getting paid well here s a recent one week poll of efl classroom members about if they are getting their proper motivation!


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are you well paid if not you should be 80 of teaching is caring enough to just show up imho.


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the #1 student made music video lemon tree by shinneung elementary this video is just brillant teachers that see it at my workshops always are stunned and amazed the creativity the togetherness that this video must have brought to their class it has so much if you like this see the video that inspired it the lemon tree animation also powerful for language teaching.


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the #1 book about language thought and language lev vygotsky let s not beat around the bush this book is the origin of species for language a collosus it has everything a mind interested in language could imagine originality nuance suggestion intelligence research my favorite chapter without a doubt is chapter 7 thought and word read it online here more resources here i ll end with a few gems from this slavic soul a word devoid of thought is a dead thing and a thought unembodied in words remains a shadow through others we become ourselves the teacher must orient his work not on yesterday s development in the child but on tomorrow s.


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the #1 video for teens mr morton is the subject of the sentence this video is from schoolhouse rock get all of them on efl classroom 2.0 in a handy player here it was made in the late 70s to reinvigorate students and learning a way of connecting with disenchanted students sound familiar this video rulzs 1 get students to rewrite the lyrics ex mr morton down the street mr morton to pearl etc 2 get them to watch and note 7 verbs after retell the story using those verbs 3 make a comic book story board fold an a4 blank piece of paper hamburger/hamburger/hotdog/hotdog that s primary school teacher talk for vertically vertically horizontally horizontally then in each of the 8 boxes draw a pic and write a sentence about mr morton 4 role play mr morton especially when he meets pearl need i go on this video rulz and is #1 based on the earlier story by the nfb of canada george and rosemary a classic that won an academy award get this on efl classroom too with a nice ppt for teaching!



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