Nives' endeavours as an English Teacher

Moodle Mooc 7

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Here we go again another wonderful online learning experience to join with other colleagues in expanding and sharing our own knowledge or experiences in teaching and life long learning. The activities will be carried out within the Moodle4Teachers moodle site run by Dr Nellie Deutsch our great leader in this online learning experience.

I should stress here that sometimes when one hears the word ‘learning’ they may react with a facial expression that equals ‘I’ve done with my learning!‘ be that it may be true of some, I would like to point out that learning does occur at any age. There is no way that we are born knowing everything, or that simply attending more ‘schooling’ gives anyone the right to say “I have learnt all there is to learn” which unfortunately I have heard all too often within my experience in Teaching as a Teacher collaborator on Language projects. Sometimes Teachers give themselves far too much credit, we (yes me too) think that the title Teacher means that we know more than our students or whoever surrounds our daily lives. Often times when out and about friends will look to me and say things like “Well you’re the Teacher what do you think we should be doing?” – this is totally wrong and embarrassing! Being a Teacher does not make me an expert at anything and I mean anything, in fact the more I teach students at school the more I realize that even if I think to understand something more than they do there will be a moment in the class when someone will ask that question which incites a blank expression on my face. Sometimes it’s out of context, sometimes it’s something so banal that even I am confused and need to look it up – doing this in front of my students is great because it demonstrates how much I too am human and infallible. What a relief!

Anyway enough of dilly dallying and back to the topic at hand… The Moodle Mooc 7 is another great opportunity to join a wonderful line up of presenters, listen and interactively comment during the webinar then to carry on participating and commenting within the Moodle site following a step by step process. The moodle itself set up by Dr Nellie will take everyone through the motions of actively participating in the MM7 and also track progress leading to the goals of badges and final certificate when all steps have been completed.

My own presentation revolves around learning and teaching in fact this is the title  Teaching and Learning Along the Way”  Reflecting on Teaching and Understanding our own Learning curve.
In this presentation I will endeavour to explain my own learning curve and my experiences with Teaching F2F and Online, as a facilitator in a Mooc and collaborating online with other Teachers. The aims of preparing video tutorials for teaching and learning. Working together with other colleagues using Google Drive, Skype or other online apps to connect and share information. Understanding the benefits of creating a PLN and how to create one. Why sharing among colleagues is part of the learning process. The use of Social networks for communicating, keeping abreast of education challenges/changes. But more importantly why using a Blog/s to reflect as part of a growth in learning aids in the improvement of our own Teaching methods. Creating a Teaching method that encompasses the use of technology, and learning to use textbooks ‘outside the box’.

Perhaps I am being a little overly zealous in wanting to talk about all these things in such a short span of time, but I will try my hardest in completing a well documented presentation in slide form and will be sharing the link here (after the presentation) and during the presentation.

If you want to join in to listen to all the presentations then check the Moodle site, Moodle Twitter, MM7 Hashtag, or the countdown to my presentation.

Hope to see you all active in the Moodle course! Remember this is a great opportunity to improve your moodling skills too.

Please add a comment or question below, thanks and I will answer promptly.

Author: Nives Torresi

Nives Torresi is a Teacher of English as a foreign language; English Drama; Business English and English Exam Preparation (Cambridge FCE). Nives also translates from Italian to English (with a specialization in Business Manuals, Historical archives and Medical papers), works as Interpreter and Mediator for Business negotiations. Currently also teaches online via interactive learning platform for Business English courses and Language tutoring. Participates actively in online Teacher Training or development courses such as M4T Moodle for Teachers, Teaching with Technology, Learn to Blend and Flip with Technology, Action Research Projects to improve Instruction and Learning. Moderator in the Moodle courses for M4T EVO 15; M4T EVO 16 - TEFL2YL EVO 16 Recent online live webinar Presentations include: - The "One Foolish Monkey" series on History of Blogging with co-Teacher Tom Hodgers - CO15 - Connecting Online live Conference - "Understanding Pair Teaching in Micro Teaching Online" with Tom Hodgers. - Webinars for IATEFL YLT SIG: 2015 - "Play, Learn and Grow Together" an After school English language learning project. 2016 - "Play, Learn and Grow Together" a Pre-school English language learning project. - MM7 Moodle Mooc 7 by Integrating Technology - M4T moodle for teachers - Live Webinar presentation "Teaching and Learning Along the Way" November 16, 2015 - EFL Talks - Answers webinar February 20, 2016 "Using a Board Game in the EFL classroom" - EFL Talks - TERMS "PODCASTS" - MM9 co-Presenter with Thomas Hodgers "Teaching Online with Moodle" - MM9 Panelist on Digital Badges Discussion - HeartELT project - contributing author letter "W" - EVO Moderator Training 2014; 2015; 2016 - TEFL2YL EVO 2017 Session moderator and presenter "Board Games in the EFL Classroom" CO 17 Connecting Online live Conference Presenter with Tom Hodgers "Teamwork Online" Other projects include Business English Conversation; Business English for Managers; Business English for Engineers; Courses in digital format wholly online.

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