Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This is a group blog for instructors and trainees in the Busan University of Foreign Studies 3+3 Teacher Training Program (Fall 2013).


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gender Materials


Blog Posts

Statistics  Gender Statistics

Gender Discussion Questions  (part 1)

  • Who do you enjoy communicating with more - men or women?  Why?
  • What puzzles you the most about the opposite gender?  
    What do you like the most about thee opposite gender? What bothers you?
  • What have you noticed about how homogenous gender groups communicate differently?
  • How do you communicate differently with a man or a woman?
  • In your experience, how do men and women approach these aspects of communication differently?
- apologizing                                                    - arguing
- giving compliments                                       - solving problems
- interrupting                                                     - eye contact
What are some other differences in how men and women communicate and behave?

Gender Discussion Questions  (part 2)
  • How much do you agree with the various points made about gender-based differences in the readings.  Which ‘ring true’?  Which don’t?
  • Do you think there is a generational component to gender-based differences?(e.g. Are your attitudes toward gender different than your parents or children ?)
  • Have you noticed any culture based differences in gender communication and behaviors?
    (e.g. Korean women vs. Western women, Busan men vs. Seoul men)
  • Are there any particularly Korean aspects of gender differences?
  • How  do you think men and women are treated differently in society, family, school, and work?   Which do you think are fair or unfair?  Which would you like to change?
  • If you have children, do/will you treat your sons differently from your daughters? How so?
  • Are there certain jobs that you think men or women are better able to do?
  • What are the best and worst parts of being your gender?  
  • In what ways are you typical and atypical of your gender?
  • If you had the option of choosing your gender next time, which would you choose? Why?

Love & Dating

  • When did you first fall in love? How long did it last?
  • When did you most recently say ‘I love you’?
  • Do you think platonic relationships are possible between men & women?
  • Do you think there is any difference between homosexual and heterosexual love? How so?
  • What turns you on/off about your partner, men/women?
  • How much have you told your significant other about past relationships?
  • How would you react if you found out that your spouse had a true love before you met each other?
  • How would/did you know that you wanted marry someone?
  • What’s the best/worst way to break up with someone?
  • What do you and your partner usually fight about? / What are your styles of fighting?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Teaching Tips & Tricks

Handshake Q & A

Sign Language

Positive Discipline

Quieting the Class

Using a Fishbowl

Discipline Strategies


More Edutopia videos

Discussion Questions

  • How much do you emphasize an ‘essential question’ for each lesson?
  • How do you get students motivated about the lesson?
  • What percentage of class time do you ‘lecture’?  What percentage do you have student engage in activities?  What is optimal?
  • How do you encourage students to take useful notes and/or use graphic organizers for learning retention?
  • What are the ‘non-negotiables’ in your school and/or class?

From:  Teaching Tips: Leading Classroom Discussions

  • In what ways are you an entertainer?
  • How do you (can you) attempt to keep the students’ attention?

From: Handshake Q & A

  • How do you (can you) connect with the students?
  • How do you reinforce previous learning?

From: Quieting the Class

  • How do you quiet the classroom?

From: Fishbowl

  • How do you encourage metalearning in the classroom?

Sign Language/Gestures

  • What gestures do you use in your class?
  • How do you stay focused on your teaching tasks and avoid distractions?


  • What systems of behavior management/discipline do you use in your school and class?

Colin Granger - Starting with a Bang,  Getting students to speak, and the importance of note-taking
Mo Shapiro on Speaking Speed, Clarity of Instructions
Mo Shapiro on Movement and Voice Projection

Discussion Questions

Space Management & Teacher Movement
How do you manage your environment, personal movement, and voice  projection?
How would you describe your teaching style?

What strategies might you use in order to keep student attention and give clear instructions?
How do you balance the use of English & Korean?  (personally and/or with foreign co-teachers)
How do you make use of gestures and signals?
How do you think native English speakers can be used most effectively in classes?

More Classroom Managment Tips

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Teacher Qualities, Motivation, & Burnout

Qualities of a Good Teacher

Qualities of a Good Teacher Video by U2bianSynic

25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently

Discussion Questions
  • Who was your favorite teacher? Why? Who was your least favorite? Why?
  • How do you think your students will remember you?
  • What do you like about teaching? (besides vacation time)
  • What have been the highlights (and lowlights) of your teaching career?
  • What are the qualities of a good teacher?
  • What qualities make YOU a good teacher?
  • What are your greatest strengths & weaknesses as a teacher? 

Motivation/Avoiding Burnout

Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that comes from inside an individual rather than from any external or outside rewards, such as money or grades. The motivation comes from the pleasure one gets from the task itself or from the sense of satisfaction in completing or even working on a task.
The Candle Problem

 Daniel Pink Ted Talk, author of Drive, on the power of intrinsic motivation  

       Adam Grant on the Staying Motivated as a Teacher
 Discussion Questions
  • What things do you do for reasons of intrinsic motivation? What are the rewards?
  • What things do you do for reasons of extrinsic motivation? What are the rewards?
  • Compare how you feel when doing things for intrinsic vs. extrinsic reasons?
  • How much of your activity as a teacher is guided by intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation?
  • How much of your students’ activities are guided by intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation?
  • Is there anything you can do as a teacher to help tap into a student’s intrinsic motivation?
  • How has your passion for teaching changed over the years?
  • How do you try to maintain your passion for teaching?
  • What are the biggest obstacles to staying motivated and passionate as a teacher?
  • How might you overcome these obstacles?
  • Is it important to you that you continue to improve as a teacher? If so, how do you do it?
  • What would a education system that embraces intrinsic motivation look like for teachers and students?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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