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offer evidence from our text


“The book belongs at the table too, offer evidence from our text” This rule suggests that when finding evidence, don’t just surf the internet but consider another sources such as books. This might sound ancient but really, they have great information and when attempting to gather information, we should take books into consideration.

“Books and Table” by Xenotar28 | April 24 2009

come prepared


“Stationery Buyer Recruitment” by Patrick Ng | June 5 2008

“Respect for your classmates means that you come prepared” This means that you come to class with everything you need. The picture on the left is a bunch of stationeries. When coming to class, always have them prepared as it will help you engage in discussions with your classmates better. This will also mean that you are respecting their time because waiting for you to prepare this during class time wastes their learning time as well. By coming prepared means that you are ready to engage and learn productively during the lesson.

take good notes


“Visual Note-taking conference call notes” by Austin Kleon | April 11 2009

“Take good notes” There’s no use in writing notes if they’re no good. Obviously, taking notes is really useful when it comes to reviewing for tests and when that day comes, you want to be able to read and understand it instantly. By doing so, it will save you time. When taking notes, keep in mind these 3 things: • Keep it concise • Make it neat • Make references (e.g. review later or important!) The example on the left is very visual and for some people, it is easiest to learn. Plus, it looks good. It’s amazing how taking good notes can help you learn!

no need to raise your hand


“Give your arms a break, no need to raise your hand” The example on the left is what exactly to avoid. Raising hands would only limit the discussion and creative flow of the group. So instead of making our arms sore, give them a rest and just speak up! With this, more people would be more comfortable in sharing their thoughts and ideas and thus will create a comfortable place for everyone to learn. “School children raising hands in classroom” by Danielcazcom | May 16 2009

listen more than you speak


“Mouth closed, I’m all ears” by Elena Lie | February 18 2012

“Listen more than you speak” Being a good listener goes a long way. Speaking is easy because we often say what’s on our mind. But waiting and listening and processing what others are saying is hard. Listening means you don’t interrupt others when they speak. By doing that, we are always thinking what to say next and interrupt them there, we don’t quite focus on their ideas and their thoughts. Therefore, this rule urges you to speak less and listen more. It goes a long way, not just in the classroom walls!

debate the idea, not the individual


“Debate the idea, not the individual” A lot of people feel ‘attacked’ when having conversations and that shouldn’t happen. There shouldn’t be anything personal attached to the debate of a topic. This rule brings in the idea that we should simply debate the idea and focus there. There is no use in fighting with someone who puts the idea forward. So again, debate the idea, not the individual! “Debates” by Rotom Sunsplash | August 24 2010

give praise for great ideas


“Day 297- A strobist’s tribute to icarus” by dcis_steve | October 24 2010

“Give praise for great ideas” By doing this, a lot more people will be comfortable in sharing their ideas. By knowing that there might be some kind of ‘reward’ if great ideas are given praise, it would stimulate a lot of debates and conversations between each other. Through this, we would be brought together and unite. Not to mention that when praise is given, it will bring positive energy to the classroom and that will ultimately result to happier and more productive students.

allow your peers to complete their ideas


“I talk, you listen, you talk, I listen” by Elena Lie | February 18 2012

“Allow your peers to complete their ideas” When someone is talking, don’t cut and interrupt them but respect them as you want others to respect you. Listen attentively to what they are saying and take into consideration their thoughts and opinions. If this were to happen in class, we would be more comfortable sharing our ideas to the class instead of keeping them to ourselves. This will then help build a much more comfortable environment to share our thoughts and ideas.

make links between points


“Connect the dots, make links between points” Don’t just give fact after fact and information after information. Instead, explain them and elaborate on them and connect them to other sources. By just laying down the plots, the picture of the trend isn’t clear. Draw the lines and connect the dots so that way the picture becomes much clearer to the audience.

“Been thinking about connecting the dots...” by Paul Goode | August 25 2012

build transitions when speaking


“When speaking, you must work to build transitions” The pryamid is the perfect representation of building up to something. When moving from one topic to another in conversations, the transitions will help make the conversation smoother and connect one topic to another.

“AtKinson’s Pyramid” by Elena Lie | 19 February 2012

10 rules for english class  

rules for english class (supposed to be an ibook but this is exported in PDF)

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