Author: davidschwei

Discouraging the use of Google Translate

Discouraging the use of Google Translate

"This is, like, your favorite game." One of my students said after I announced that we were going to play a game that I like to call "Are you smarter than Google Translate?" Pretty much every world language teacher dislikes our students using Google Translate, and each of us has our own way of discouraging … Continue reading Discouraging the use of Google Translate

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The Power of Reviewing

This year, as I transition from the university to middle and high school, I have learned a lot that will change how I teach next year. The most dramatic change will probably be to review a LOT more than I have been this year. At the beginning of the school year, after a nice summer … Continue reading The Power of Reviewing

Ulrich Boser’s Learn Better

One of the great things at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville is that, each year, teachers can meet as a book club to discuss a book about education, learning, and teaching. This year, I was happy to be a part of the book study of Ulrich Boser's Learn Better about the process of learning and what … Continue reading Ulrich Boser’s Learn Better

Introverts and ClassDojo

Before winter break, I read the book Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids. It was enlightening for me on a personal level and as a teacher. Susan Cain talks about the qualities of introverts and their tendencies as students and people in other social situations. They tend to: Be quiet but on task … Continue reading Introverts and ClassDojo

Lecture worksheets

This semester, as I walked around my classroom, I noticed that students' notes and notebooks were somewhat sparse and disorganized. In fact, they were mainly the paradigm charts.... often without explanation. This disturbed me, but I saw why their notes were this way. Students copied what I wrote on the board (or PowerPoint) or they … Continue reading Lecture worksheets

Who drives your classes?

My recent silence in the blogosphere is a reflection of moving to a new school and attempting to shift my pedagogical mindset.  I will be starting, this fall, at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, which has a great reputation and many qualities that encourage a great educational experience. It also has several qualities, like easy … Continue reading Who drives your classes?