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Outsmart any multiple-choice test

Ideally, multiple-choice exams would be random, without patterns of right or wrong answers. However, all tests are written by humans, and human nature makes it impossible for any test to be truly random. Because of this fundamental flaw, William Poundstone, author of "Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost...

“Literature strikes back! Teaching Literature with Technology”

Two TESOL Greece members awarded the 2013 IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG scholarship If you thought that Greece is far behind in learning technologies compared to other countries, maybe you should reconsider. Chryssanthe Sotiriou and Dimitris Primalis won the “Diane Eastment scholarship” and presented, on April 10th, at the 2013...

3 ways to use observations effectively

It might well be that my selling skills are rusty but in the four years I have been running Input on Education, there is one service that school owners favour the least and this is the topic of this month’s column: observations and how we can use them as a tool for development and not as a means of intimidation.    By Maria...

Ten Ideas for Interactive Teaching

While lecturing tends to be the easiest form of instruction, studies show that students absorb the least amount of information that way. Interactive teaching methods are an effective way to connect with a generation of students used to consistent stimulation. Education professor Kevin Yee has some advice for how teachers can make their lessons more...

How Teachers’ Dress Affects Students

The age-old adage of not judging a book by its cover is hopeful in its intent; in reality, however, “covers” create first impressions, and first impressions count. How a person dresses sets a tone, an image, and others react to this. In a classroom, the teacher’s attire can largely impact the students’ opinions and create...

Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation

The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won’t get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they’re not motivated. Motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic, is a key factor in the success of students at all stages of their education, and teachers can play a pivotal role in providing and encouraging that motivation in...

Presentation Skills? Seriously? (Part Eight)

"This One's for the Children" Telling a story has been used almost since the beginning of time as a means for sharing and interpreting experiences, as a means of instruction, as a means of transferring knowledge from the expert to the novice. It is universal, it is engaging, it is effective, it is relevant, it is personal. And it is...

How to motivate your students

How can you make the classroom engaging and motivating to all students, even the most reluctant learners? When students are engaged, predicting answers, talking with one another and sharing with the class in ways that follow safe routines and practices, they not only achieve more but they also act out less. And everyone, including the teacher, has more...