learning theories for teachers

thanks to si hui for pinging me on variation theory, and i chanced upon this piece of gem created by professors at HKU:

what teachers should know about learning theories website

it’s many hours of reading and hard work to produce this piece of excellent quick reference for teachers. extending this idea, we could perhaps create something similar for SLA/CL teachers, bringing together learning sciences and SLA works and making it accessible to our CL teachers (:

reasons teachers don’t blog

it’s been a long while since i posted anything related to edublog (yes, one of the original purpose of this storeroom), and i saw this link to steve wheeler’s post, and apparently, he had posted “Seven reasons teachers should blog” the day before, and responses were overwhelming (:

some reasons why teachers don’t blog:

  • fear
  • no time, tired after a day in school
  • nothing of interest to share with other teachers
  • access to (common) weblog platforms were blocked (i.e. firewall)
  • don’t see the benefits of (edu)blogging

and why teachers should blog according to prof wheeler:

  • blogging causes one to reflect
  • blogging crystalises one’s thinking
  • blogging links one to a wide audience
  • blogging creates personal momentum (and improve your writing and thinking)
  • blogging gives you valuable feedback (through visitors’ comments)
  • blogging improves your creativity (in expression)
  • blogging improves your grammar (cos you are more careful when you know there’s an audience)

while the above reasons are about why a teacher should blog (him/herself), the benefits can be applied to students too, don’t you think so? (:

New education minister tells teachers to ‘take a break’ during June holidays

and that’s a headline off The New Paper via asiaone yesterday.

“referring to retired teachers?”
“just finished 1 week of remedials, plus training the whole of today (my remedial students were still here!), now stressing out over overseas trip with students tmr”
“still trying to clear admin work this June plus …”

these are some of the (adapted) comments that i’ve collected via my fb thread. and this is my share of peeve:

wife’s P just took away 10-20 key personnels’ families’ weekend today! there’s 20 weekdays, and only 4 weekend Saturdays, why must he choose the 1 out of 4 to do RETREAT (and it’s by no means a treat)?!? if a leader prioritises work as everything in his/her live, the subordinates have to be no live as well?

“it takes some political wills to right things” said a colleague during lunch yesterday when we discussed this piece of news. such “high-handed way” is definitely not welcome by most (and it probably will affect popularity), but personally i think it is the single MOST effective way. cos by making 360 Ps (most likely lesser cos there are still many Ps with live) unhappy, 33000 teachers will be happy! let’s see when the decree of “all schools MUST BE CLOSED on Saturdays and Sundays” … “no BUTS. when there’s a will there’s a way. 有志者事竟成”. yes i hear boo-ing voices out there, but i’m one who’s hopeful, as always (: