Free Advice to Directors

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1.  Ask every teacher to write the Ten Points in his/her own words and then give an example about how to use each point.

2.  Remember the value in Stacey White's observation:  "Can't we have a little filling the bucket before we light the fire?"   Instead of lecturing to present the information to the students, why not assign chapters to teams and have the teacher be a "guide on the side," monitoring the creation of the presentations?  See Omar Vasile's work.  Search "Omar Vasile" on Youtube.

3.  Find more projects and suggestions.

4.  Contact me   FreeEnglishLessons@gmail.com
+1 954 646 8246   If your school is located in the USA, I might drop in to give the workshop in person... or you can get the essential elements on the Visual and Active Youtube Channel.  Start with the quotes

5.  If your school is located outside the USA, you can reach me on Skype
SKYPE PROCEDURE
a) Send a short message to SteveEnglishTeacher@gmail.com, suggesting a time that is convenient to meet on Skype.  "Hey, Steve, I'm on Skype at 5 p.m. [1700 hours] my time, 11 a.m. Florida time.  Can we chat?" (that's an example of a message from Italy)
b)  Then I get on Skype (I leave my channel on but I keep the volume off so I often miss Skype calls).

Many of my colleagues are available for consultation.  VisualAndActive.com
a)  we want to reduce pain and boredom.
b)  we want to make programs more effective.
c)  your lack of funds will often not stop us from sharing with you our best ideas.

We have different styles of teaching and leading a class.  The core value is that we all believe in listening to the student.


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Textbook Guide on the Side (draft)
Free Get Ahead Book to give to kids for "no school days"


Help an old man build sweet memories.
I have information about how to use technology in classrooms to reduce teacher talking time.   Why not share this information?   When I'm sitting in my death bed, I'll look back and remember the nice people I met around the world.   Why not help an old man have some fond memories?   Help build the memories in my head by inviting me to show you how to 
- show students how to build digital portfolios  (like portfolios at HighTechHigh.org)
- use ebooks more effectively
- download audio tracks from Youtube (zamzar.com, keepvid.com)
- put your lectures online (just like Stanford, MIT and Berkeley)
- download videos from Youtube (so you have a digital library when the Internet is not available in your school)
- attract reluctant readers to books by using audio CDs
- build the 7 global skills in your students with projects and discussions 
- bring the world into your classroom with Skype  BIBPenpals.com
- lecture less with DVD and CD duplication
- use Scribd.com and other file sharing locations to reduce photocopying costs (more time for your family)
- build your classes around projects and discussions
- Build in on-going professional development with a new layout of chairs in school (see minute 7)
- guide students to find their passions and discover interests through volunteering outside school
- integrate the 
- use the Blazek method of guiding projects (complete with rubrics and examples).

Blazek's CD of Digital Projects will be available for $99 per CD, with licensing arrangements at different price points for small and large schools.   Through an arrangement with Dr. Blazek, I can offer a sample of his CD for just $5 (that's my cost -- I pass the CD to you as part of the workshop).  I'll show you one of the projects in my workshop and if you want to experiment with the sample CD, you'll pay $5 for the sample.  You can make copies for your school to use the sample ... and you can contact Dr. Blazek for the complete list of projects at mjBlazek@hotmail.com   --  I endorse this list of projects wholeheartedly and I've seen how the list can be used in any classroom.  Developed for his Social Studies and History courses, the CD's list of projects have applications in sciences, foreign languages, mathematics, grammar, art, drama, music, physical education and other subject areas.  

What do experts say about Blazek's CD of Digital Projects?
"Blazek has made it easy to use projects in the classroom.  Rubrics, samples of what we're looking for in a good project, arranged in an easy-to-search Word document.  It doesn't get better."  
-- Dennis Yuzenas, WhatDoYaKnow.com
West Palm Beach, FL  

"This is good."
- Dr. Fischler, stated after viewing a prototype CD on 29 July 2011, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., TheStudentIsTheClass.com

"I've been using projects to guide learning in my classroom for ten years and I've never seen a more organized system for communicating expectations and standards.  I expect that Blazek's CD will spark a flood of imitators.  I'm glad I purchased the original.  I show the CD to students and the early adopters are discussing which project they will attempt within two minutes.  The rest of the class is onboard within fifteen minutes.  I have project-based learning in my classroom without making a lesson plan -- and the work is differentiated and the students have personalized the projects to meet their individual learning goals.  Teaching just gets easier as I work smarter.   Thank you, Dr. Blazek."
- Steve McCrea, GuideontheSide.com,  author of Guide On the Side (techniques for bringing projects to your classroom) and Let's Lecture Less (a quotations book with commentaries to "reset your mindset").



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