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The convention that promotes important English education policies with regard to scheduled events for the following semester was held in Yu-Ying Junior High School today, with a total of eighty English teachers who are going to help Taichung City fulfill those requirements attending this meeting. Gloria Lin (林秀慧), who specializes in planning and organizing for the English Advisory Group, first gave a brief introduction to the job description of the Group so that all the participants can have a basic understanding of what to expect from the Group. Thus, all the members of the Group will provide our service when any of the teachers applies.
Next, a timetable for this semester was presented as well, including workshops, citywide English competitions, a school visit, the presentation of an action research, the submission of digitalized teaching resources, etc. Following that, on Sep. 25th and Nov. 13th, there will be two workshops respectively for innovative teaching strategies, and those representatives, who are assigned to do the presentation, are expected to fully prepare PowerPoint slides, including the topic, teaching procedures, students’ works, reflection, and so on. Then, the new policy of the digitalized teaching resources stipulated by the MOE was also brought up. Our goal is not just to upload as many quality resources and get approved. More importantly, teachers in Taichung are also encouraged to consult them more often online and improve our own teaching.
The fulfillment of the Curriculum Guidelines and its Indicators of Stage Competence has been an important topic for a long time, and we were honored today to have 梁玲瑜, a renowned teacher who has won many prizes in terms of teaching design from Tainan, to share her ideas and practices regarding this issue. Without further ado, she immediately guided us through some useful features of http://siro.moe.edu.tw/fip/index.php, with many practical supplements developed by a group of dedicated teachers around the island. Also, teachers were working in groups to match the given materials with the ISC and also share in what new ways would they teach them in real classroom.
Multiple Assessment has been considered a key role in the success of the renewed education reform, directly leading to another hot topic, Remedial Teaching. The speaker brought up a vital concept, Rubric, to illustrate how we can incorporate this idea with our teaching. With many dynamic group activities, like the drawing dictation, the making of picture books, the time machine, the voting for model students, and so on, so the audience were very likely to grab a few ideas and apply them in their teaching. The MOE now is developing rubrics for exactly who needs remedial teaching, and in-service training workshops are also under way, all leading to helping teachers equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills regarding this important policy.