Monthly Archives: October 2011

Hallowe’en

It’s that time of the year. Hallowe’en! With so many materials around, how does one choose? Here was what I did with my first graders in a 45-minute lesson. With a picture of a pumpkin, I elicited the topic. “When … Continue reading

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Differentiating instructions and fairness

For my current session on differentiating instructions (DI), we came to explore the issue of fairness and how the ideas of fairness in terms of equality, equity and need relate to the philosophy of DI. Here is what I think: … Continue reading

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The day I changed

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Alibis

This was a 90-minute lesson modified from an activity called Alibi from Seymour and Popova’s 700 Classroom Activities (2005:89). Lesson Aim: Language: Vocabulary related to murder and alibi; Practice of the use of the question form, simple past and past … Continue reading

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Metaphors of differentiating instruction

What would be your metaphor for differentiating instruction (DI)? When I was first asked to do it as one of our first assignments on the course, I was a little uncertain. I decided to base my ideas around a teacher … Continue reading

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A lesson on earthquake for JH 1st graders

Knowing what to do in an earthquake is something quite close to home here in Japan. I have been doing a two-part 50-minute lesson with my first graders. At the end of these, the students would have learnt some phrases … Continue reading

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A bit of fun, how much learning?

I wasn’t looking forward to the lesson as my second graders were a little moody last Friday. Some say it was about the time of the year when they turn! Reflecting on that, I thought if I can’t get them … Continue reading

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Can you hear the song from that painting?

Did you know you have synaesthesia? Is number six always green? Can you hear music when you look at a painting? Can you smell the coffee on a poster? Do you hear the person as if she is in front … Continue reading

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Starting a journey in differentiating instruction (DI)

I’ve recently started an online course on differentiating instruction (DI). The first time I heard about it was from a talk by Robert Murphy, a bilingual lecturer in Kita Kyushu in Japan. From what I gathered, it basically involves the … Continue reading

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