General, Research

To Teach, or Not To Teach Grammar?

For a long time, grammar was not taught in secondary schools in Australia. It was believed that grammar instruction was unnecessary as students would acquire the grammar rules automatically. According to the Australian Curriculum, teachers should now teach several rules during secondary school. However, these teachers often never had a grammar lesson in their lives. Therefore, grammar lessons are still not often done in Australian secondary schools.  Continue reading “To Teach, or Not To Teach Grammar?”

General, Reflection, Research

Unexpected Learning

At the start of semester 2, the lecturers made it clear that you need to use your second semester to prepare your portfolio for your first job. As I am still not sure in which country I end up after my Graduate Diploma, I decided that instead of building up an Australian specific portfolio, I invest in my time in my LinkedIn Network (feel free to add me). I started following anyone who works in education that is recommended to me. Thanks to the cookies, LinkedIn now understands that I am interested in education. Therefore, I often find recommended classes on my timeline and this week I found a class on Visual Thinking Strategies.  Continue reading “Unexpected Learning”

Research

Total Physical Response

“I can’t even speak English properly, why would I pass a lesson in Dutch?” is one of the things students say when I tell them I will do a lesson in my first language Dutch. During these lessons, I use the Total Physical Response (TPR) method. This method requires me to give simple commands in Dutch and demonstrate them. Within seconds, I will command students that do not speak a word Dutch to sit down, stand up, change place and turn around in circles. These lessons often result in laughter and students overall are engaged and amazed by their own capability of understanding these commands.  Continue reading “Total Physical Response”

Reflection, Research

When Life is More Important than School

Everyone is dealing with stress. Stressed to be in time. Work stress. Family pressure. Even peer pressure can increase your stress level. Whenever I suffer from stress, I just drive myself to push further, focus deeper and achieve my goals no matter what. But what if matters suddenly matter more than my goals? Continue reading “When Life is More Important than School”