The Best Habit Tracking Apps

"Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work"(Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft). What makes exceptional people exceptional? Are they different from ordinary people? Are ordinary people just lazy? Are exceptional people just lucky to be born with strong will power and self motivation? … Continue reading The Best Habit Tracking Apps

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SMART Goals for Students

I recently tutored a grade 6 girl who needed help with maths and science before her exams. One thing her mom kept saying was that they shouldn't have left things so late and that next year she wanted to be more proactive about getting on top of studying earlier. Setting SMART goals is a great … Continue reading SMART Goals for Students

Is e-learning in South Africa even possible?

I am trying to do a course about teaching with technology. We're supposed to be talking about implementing technology.  My attempts to discuss how we can implement these technologies when we don't have adequate internet infrastructure, access to technology, e-learning is literally taxed to line some politicians pockets, etc. etc. have been politely shut down. Again. … Continue reading Is e-learning in South Africa even possible?

Assessment, evaluation, and the learning process

Nitko and Brookhart (2011) examine how assessment can aid teachers and students to make decisions about the learning process. Assessment procedures can be used to give feedback to students and teachers, to motivate students to study, and to give guidance about what students should focus on learning. It is necessary to bear in mind the … Continue reading Assessment, evaluation, and the learning process

Assessment Tools for Evaluating Instruction and Assessing Student Learning

Evaluation and assessment are crucial aspects of the teaching and learning process. I will begin by distinguishing between evaluation and assessment as defined by Newby, Stepich, Lehman, Russel and Ottenreit-Leftwich (2011) in Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning. Then I will discuss two techniques I have employed to evaluate my instruction, namely student tryouts and … Continue reading Assessment Tools for Evaluating Instruction and Assessing Student Learning

Instructional Techniques, Media, and Technology

The appropriate use of instructional media can enhance the learning process. I explore how a presentation and a webquest can augment a lesson about cultural notions of beauty. Check out the reflection (TLDR) based on this assignment. Beauty Lesson Outline I conducted a series of lessons about Beauty to briefly introduce my students to different cultural beauty … Continue reading Instructional Techniques, Media, and Technology

Instructional Methods: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Limitations

In the last few years I have had the opportunity to develop my own lesson material and assessment procedures. I decided to adapt an existing lesson, and make it available as an e-class. The lesson I chose to adapt is about idioms, specifically writing a bucket list. Check out the lesson outline and reflection related … Continue reading Instructional Methods: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Limitations

Comparing Behaviourist and Experiential Learning Theories

An eclectic approach to learning and teaching can provide instructional experts with multiple approaches to enable efficient learning. Different learning theories can be employed depending on the objective of the lesson, the context of learning, and the nature of the learners. I compare behaviourist learning theories with experiential learning theories. Perspective, Definition, and Learning Process … Continue reading Comparing Behaviourist and Experiential Learning Theories