Thursday, August 22, 2013

See You In September!

Thanks for a great summer term, everyone. We will see you all when the trees start doing this!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Illustrated (And Animated!) Tips

Nathan W. Pyle is an illustrator originally from Ohio but currently living in New York City. His transplant's sensibilities are on display in his simple and elegant illustrations of tips for living in this city. He turned a few of these illustrations into animated GIFs for NY Magazine. Share them with your class! I've posted a few below.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Where Are Our Students From? Summer 2013 Update

Teaching Resources: SlideShare

Are you familiar with SlideShare? From their site, SlideShare is "the world's largest community for sharing presentations. With 60 million monthly visitors and 130 million pageviews, it is amongst the most visited 200 websites in the world. Besides presentations, SlideShare also supports documents, PDFs, videos and webinars." So what does this mean for teaching? I recently attended a conference where a teaching colleague talked about using the site for lesson preparation, and I wanted to share his insights with you.

Do you need to review a grammar point before you teach it? Are you looking for new ways to present the same grammar points? Rely on the shared wisdom of the teachers on the site to help you. Search by keyword, and access large numbers of presentations. This search for "adjective clauses" yielded 4,623 presentations!

You can also use the site to find presentations for particular subjects, and you can limit your search by language, popularity, and whether or not a presentation is downloadable. For example, there are 712 downloadable presentations on Machu Picchu in English on the site.