A blog about my life, writings and whatever strikes my fancy.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Teaching ESL in China -Random classroom management tips
I teach at a Chinese university. I have everyone put their name on their desk and then I call on them all as often as possible. I make a special effort to call on the one's in the back. I especially call on them if I see them texting. I have not had people sleeping in my class. If they don't come to class for the majority of classes I fail them. I tell them all this in advance. I think this is what a good teacher does.
I give out one e-mail address to students and encourage them to contact me if they have any problems. I think this is what a good teacher does. I also hold office hours. If nothing else, it alleviates my guilt when a student gets a bad grade. I was there to help them.They did not take advantage of it.
I think once the students realize that I am serious about these things, they don't mind at all.
I also lower grades for plagiarism. This, too, surprises them. I tell them I am serious about this but they never seem to believe me until I punish some of them. (In fact, i've had students plagiarize homework on why plagiarism is bad. In that case, I punished them and then told all my friends how stupid they were.)
SUGGESTED SEARCHES FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR CONCRETE ADVICE ON HELPING REFUGEES
1. FURNITURE(tips on running a refugee center furniture collection program.)
2. DRIVING (tips on teaching driving to refugees)
3. HIGHER EDUCATION (tips on assisting refugees with higher education.)
4. BURMESE NAMES (a long article on Burmese and Karen names.)
I tend to write several entries on a subject and although admittedly they are of variable quality by following the topic keys then one should get a fairly complete view of what I think on the issue. There's a lot of good information buried here particularly on some obscure subjects related to assisting newly arrived refugees, particularly from Burma. These subjects include furniture donation issues, driver education and even domestic violence. If these issues interest you, follow the internal links, do searches, there's a lot here and I've found that often people search on a subject using google, I've written an answer, but the search engines sent them to some other entry where I discussed only a small part of the issue. So if a subject that interests you has a truly mediocre entry there is probably a good one hidden away as well on different aspects of the same subject You can't get a full picture on the issues covered in this blog by reading just one entry. it wasn't written that way. If you still don't see what you want, feel free to drop me an e-mail. Thank you.
Journalist, educator, and low level Asian history scholar who dabbles in fiction. Peter Huston is the author of several books, including Scams from the Great Beyond, Tong, Gangs, and Triads,, and the novel, Excess Emotional Baggage.
Interests include :
1) Internatinal Education and Teaching English as a Second or other Language,
2)refugee concerns and refugee resettlement,
3)self defense and martial arts,
4) Asian culture and history,
5) censorship controversies
6) the skeptical examination of paranormal and pseudo-scientific claims.
Education includes a master's degree in East Asian Studies from Cornell and a second master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University at Albany, party of the New York State SUNY system.
I am not the sailing guy, sports betting guy or the attorney guy. These people who use the name Peter Huston are, presumably, impostors. I am the real