Posts Tagged ‘classroom’

Advice on attitude in the classroom (Ronald R. Rodgers)

7 April 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

I have found some notes on good behaviour surfing on the internet. I was having a look at some texts written by Ronald R. Rodgers Ph.D., Associate Professor in Journalism, University of Florida (USA) when I discovered these lines about classroom rules.


WRITTEN by R. R. Rodgers


“Spring 2017

Dr. Ronald R. Rodgers

Late assignments: No assignment can be late under any circumstances. Work turned in late will not be accepted unless you have a legitimate and documented excuse.

Common courtesy: For heaven’s sake, turn off your cell phone! Please also observe other rules of common courtesy, such as not speaking to your classmates (or yourself) when others are making a presentation, not falling asleep in class, not scrolling the Web, etc.

Be Good: And I have to say this as part of our contract: You need to conduct yourself in a courteous manner both in and out of class when it comes to dealing with fellow students or your instructor. That means any rude, obstructive or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated, and manifestations of same will mean your ouster from the class. I have a zero-tolerance policy on this.” (…) 

-Extract from the website of Ronald R. Rodgers-

Ronald R. Rodgers´ profile




A tentative teacher´s schedule (classroom)

28 February 2019

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BOOK (textbook: grammar, vocabulary PRESENTATION)

reading texts aloud time for exercises in class + homework

Wordlist.- pack of copies [@moodle / hard copies or printed copies]

Parallel Papers or PPA: revise, Q.A, write some expressions


Time for NOTEBOOK correction of exercises on board

AUDIOS from the BOOK. Repetition. Solving out exercises

Parallel Papers [PPA].-Explain, comment papers on grammar, functional language or texts

How to (teach how to tell the time, how to say an email address)

Time for Virtual Platform (@moodle) – check some points, ie., grammar syllabus, recommendations, warnings.

READING texts aloud

AUDIOS, PRACTICE (exercises linked from the net with answer keys)

Worksheets (pair work).-exercises to do and correct in the classroom

Reading the Graded reader in class. Select vocabulary

Lyrics and songs (selection)

Short dictations

Mini test

Essay writing (how to, opinion, brief texts)

Functional language

Q.A (question and answer) – oral class

Surprise Tests

Revision time (conjugation of verbs, vocabulary, how to issues, spelling, BASICS)

Videos, GIFs, proverbs

Write short messages in English

Translate messages

Situations (problem solving)


AOB (Any Other Business)





Zero Zone / Ground Zero (on the BOARD)

14 February 2019

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[Adrien Brody (Detachment, 2011. Director: Tony Kaye]

I have just started to copy on the BOARD those basic, typical mistakes students often make in exercises, examinations and writings. There will be a Zero Zone on the upper left side of the blackboard to remind them what they must not write again. I think I will leave the wrong expressions without the appropriate correct forms afterwards to oblige them to search and learn the right ones. Well, I will draw a cross out mark over the wrong expressions like this “Me brother isn’t coming”.





she cans type very fast


#PDF -G.Drive


No cell phones in the classroom

12 October 2018

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

“Just as using a smartphone may be unacceptable during a job interview, neither is it in the middle of a classroom”

(Kelly Allen, psychologist) 



“Should cell phones be allowed in the classroom?”

7 October 2018

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

The debate is still there. Should we share teacher´s talk and the interaction with students with a third party? Would anyone be sure that students do not distract from the classroom activities? Read the text from Oxford learning, if you please:


“Should cell phones be allowed in the classroom?” (Oxford learning, @oxfordlearning on Twitter)

“These days, more and more students are bringing cell phones to class. Even elementary school-aged students have cell phones in their pockets and backpacks.

But should students have cell phones in school?

It’s a debate that many parents and teachers (and even students) have on a regular basis.


Students check their phones in the classroom an average of more than 11 times a day. That can add up to a lot of time spent distracted from schoolwork. And when students are distracted, it’s a recipe for extra stress, frustration, and catch-up time for everyone.

With students spending up to 20% of their in-class time texting, emailing, and checking social media, it’s no wonder the debate about cell phones in the classroom is alive and well.” (…)

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Reminder of two basic rules in the classroom

13 October 2017

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Strange things, odd verses

26 March 2017

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[Eleven, “Stranger things” (Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer, 2016)]

The story is simple: a classroom, a teacher, a subject matter, students, individualities, a task and a touch of talent. The surprise came from Ben Giroux, a kid aged 10 who made a self-portrait in eighteeen lines:

“I am odd, I am new

I wonder if you are too

I hear voices in the air

I see you don’t, and that’s not fair

I want to not feel blue

I am odd, I am new

I pretend that you are too

I feel like a boy in outer space

I touch the stars and feel out of place

I worry what others might think

I cry when people laugh, it makes me shrink

I am odd, I am new

I understand now that so are you

I say I “feel like a castaway”

I dream of a day that that’s okay

I try to fit in

I hope that someday I do

I am odd, I am new.”

[Ben Giroux]


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14 December 2015

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my method 

  1. @YouTube videos (extracts of films, how to videos, grammar engvid) & @euronews videos
  1. music, songs and lyrics via @google
  1. @BBC_podcasts (learning English category), audios from textbooks
  1. links to exercises and notions on Business English via @google & @moodle
  1. readers (Oxford Bookworms, Burlington Books, etcetera)
  1. role playing
  1. dictations
  1. translations (written texts, news from @guardian, @DailyMirror, @HuffPostUK, @Independent, @TheObjective_en) and using dictionaries (WordReference)
  1. essay writing
  1. vocabulary (list of words: verbs, nouns, adjectives, basics, connectors, etcetera)
  1. grammar (notions of grammar, basics, practice, examples, exercises, false friends, phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions, etcetera)
  1. practice (exercises, conjugation of verbs, words, oral talking, blackboard writing, peer work, reading aloud, asking questions, flash cards, etcetera)
  1. tests (mock tests, controls, exams, progress exams, unmarked tests, surprise tests)
  1. Parallel Papers (packs of copies including how to do pages, theafterexampage, functional language reviews, shortlisted words, grammar notions, reminders for the student)
  1. worksheets (handouts with exercises, vocabulary, grammar and basics)
  1. textbook (following the syllabus)
  1. notebook (exercises, basics, notes, grammar, essays, dictations, homework)
  1. planning (teacher´s copy) and feedback from students



Inside the teacher of English´s head

29 November 2015

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


Functional language A4 papers

Parallel Papers (revision of basics, exercises, etcetera)

Grammar syllabus, explain these topics

Oral activities –textobook

Practice files- ESL 2

Read aloud, pronunciation, understanding, vocabulary

Audios, words, role-playing

Writing essays, opinion

Dialogues – audios

Being creative, open questions

Worksheets, lots of SMS

links with keys on Business English language at @moodle

upload podcasts from the BBC to @moodle

pictures. description- What can you see? What can you guess?


Texts. Reading topics

Videos uploaded to @moodle

Brief dictations.


Quotes. Translate short texts


Listening exercises included in controls

Mock tests

HOW TO pages (download a podcast, tell the time, conjugate a verb)

More new words, more new texts


Use dictionaries

Specific words for a specific signature. Business English- CV, sales, contracts

Ordinal numbers, telephone numbers, amounts, telephone speaking

Spanish grammar (conjugation of verbs) (demonstratives, articles)



A controversial topic: should cell phones be allowed in the classroom?

15 October 2015

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

mobile phones not allowed

I have found out a site on the net where there was a debate on this issue: should we, teachers, allow or ban the use of cell phones at school? Have a look at some opinions below:


We should be allowed. Why can’t we use our phones when we see teachers use theirs all the time in class and outside of class? Why aren’t we allowed to use them if the teachers are already breaking the rules in the first place? If teachers can use their phones, students should be allowed to as well.


Cell phone ban! Cell phones cause distraction in class to teachers and students alike. It is simply a status symbol and feeds to drama in the classroom. Phones can also be used to do criminal activity such as illegal pictures. School is a place to learn not to text with friends in the same classroom as you. When students get grades that are poor leave part of the blame on the phones.


No cell phones (sorry) Cell phones are great, don’t get me wrong. You can text, call, play games, procrastinate, do math. But all these things in school? Not a good idea. I know (being a teen) that abuse rules is the best feeling you get. Exciting, entertaining, and also an escape. You can escape into the world of instagram or vine. Clash of Clans or Make it rain. But these games are a bad idea to bring into the classroom. No matter where I go in the school you always see an Iphone. And these come with great distractions. But phones are great after-school. Need to talk to your parents about being pick-up? Right at your fingertips! It’s only in-school that it becomes a problem. Therefore it should be banned during the day, but when the last bell rings…. The phones come out! But I see in the section I type in, a bunch of technophobic parents and I….. *sigh*. Come on people, get used to it, the world will change, it just depends on if your willing to change with it. So don’t be the people who blame phones for everything, find a solution. In, “the seven successful habits of highly effective teens,” it talks about poor and great habits of teens. One of the poor habits is the, ” I blame the world for all of my problems,” change it into a solution, not a blame. Plus, look at all possible perspectives, including the teens point of view.


Target for Stealing Cellphones are very valuable and expensive so many people are tempted to steal them.And what happens when they get stolen? The owner will eventually have to buy a new phone and their parents will get really mad at them. It’s too much drama! Who needs to go through all that.


They Should Be Allowed While phones SHOULD be prohibited during class time, I see no reason for this also to apply to lunch period. Students aren’t doing anything other than eating. It’s their break from classes and thus they should be able to do what they want during that time, including the privilege of using their phones.

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