I attended the UPTC 2010 (Campus Aguascalientes) this weekend where teaching and learning English as a foreign language (EFL) in Mexico and the need for change were addressed. To improve EFL teaching and learning through higher-order thinking skills, a paradigm shift is needed, for example. Some comments that struck a chord with me during the conference include the following:
- Intrapersonal Revolution (Reilly, 2010)
- What can I do to be a better teacher? (Reilly, 2010)
- Most middle school students in Mexico (a) are bored in class, (b) have no homework or homework involving the web, and (c) want more feedback. (Reilly, 2010)
- Students find it difficult to work with others. (Weir, 2010)
- Four pillars of education: learning to… (a) know, (b) do, (c) live together (i.e., interact), and (d) be (Weir, 2010)
- Technological, information, creative, and social competencies (Weir, 2010) My take on this is that it’s basically anything that promotes creative (the arts), critical (the sciences), and caring (the humanities) knowledge and skill development.
- Teacher observation as a way to promote professional development. (Bauer, 2010)