Keith’s Blog

Research Spotlight- Ways to promote the classroom participation of international students by understanding the silence of Japanese university students

Anyone who has taught EFL in an Asian classroom has likely experienced moments of dead silence in the room.
You ask a question and…nothing.
While the common assumption is that silence is a culture issue, many researchers have presented arguments that factors other than culture are the stronger influence.
One such study that questions the relationship of culture and silence is Ways to Promote the Classroom Participation of International Students by Understanding the Silence of Japanese University Students by By Soonhyang Kim, University of North Florida, (USA); Burcu Ates, Sam Houston State University, (USA); Yurimi Grigsby, Concordia University Chicago, (USA); Stefani Kraker, Queens College, City University of New York, (USA); Timothy A. Micek, Ohio Dominican University, (USA). Continue reading “Research Spotlight- Ways to promote the classroom participation of international students by understanding the silence of Japanese university students”

Notice & Note Applied to Oxford Bookworms

In EFL reading classes, a lot of instruction time is dedicated to vocabulary development and reading comprehension.
And that is where it often stops.
While many feel that it is sufficient for EFL students to only be able to read and understand the meaning, I feel we should go beyond this surface-level understanding and encourage our students to think deeper about the texts, even at a beginner proficiency level (CEFR A1/A2).
One novel method of going deeper in a text is Beers & Probst’s Notice & Note. Continue reading “Notice & Note Applied to Oxford Bookworms”

3 Great Books About Classroom Management

What do a first-year teacher and a 30-year veteran have in common?
Both experience classroom management frustrations.
Many may dismiss classroom management as a rookie issue, but even teachers with years of experience need help with classroom management.
That being said, the help that a new teacher and an experienced teacher need is quite different. While one needs to build fundamental skills, the other can benefit by a reframing of perspective.
The following are my favorite books on classroom management. Because different teachers need different things, I have separated the 3 books by category: New Teacher, First Three Years, and Veteran Teacher. Continue reading “3 Great Books About Classroom Management”

NCAA March Madness- Bringing Together Your Staff

March Madness is here!
It has been reported that “distracted employees cost businesses about $4 billion per year” ( I buy into this statistic because for the next few weeks, I will be glued to ESPN, checking the updates, and constantly questioning the decisions I have made on my bracket. I am definitely part of the problem.
Many would argue that if brought into schools, the lack of productivity could be disastrous for student achievement. If teachers are focusing on their brackets, they are not focusing on their lessons. This means students will not be taught and may not learn.
So then why would I suggest that March Madness belongs in schools if clearly there are negative effects?
While I can see why people would be hesitant to promote March Madness in schools, potential gains are being overlooked. I feel that bringing March Madness into schools has a huge upside-improved school climate. Continue reading “NCAA March Madness- Bringing Together Your Staff”