3 Tips For Perfecting the Art of Boardwork
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When you are training to be a TEFL teacher, worrying about your boardwork is probably the last thing on your mind. After all, surely your teaching manner, your language and your lesson plan are all more important?
Well, maybe, but that doesn’t mean that you should neglect your board. Having a neat, clear board can go a long way to ensuring your students are able to follow your lesson and keep track of the language they are learning. If the board is confused, it is highly likely that your students are confused too.
And in fact, having a coherent board is not hard, even though it does take some thought. If you follow these simple rules, you’ll soon find your boardwork looking neater and neater and your lesson may even seem clearer:
Thinking about your boardwork should only take a couple minutes before your lesson. During your planning stage, make a note of what your board is going to look like. Allocate areas for new vocabulary, the grammar focus, pronunciation notes and other miscellaneous items. Having a clear idea in your mind of where you are going to keep note of everything means that in class you won’t have to think too hard about keeping it neat and tidy.
Be careful with colour
We don’t mean use any random colour to make your board look pretty. Use colour with a purpose. Write your vocabulary in a right-hand column in green (for example), pronunciation marks in red, notes in blue and your main board work in black.
Using colour strategically will help your students categorise what is going on on the board. Remember, they cannot see inside your head so while it might seem crystal-clear to you, it may be very confusing for someone else. Besides, when your students drift off in a daydream, the colour is helpful in showing them what they missed!
If you have an interactive white board or a projector, use it. Writing up grammar explanations beforehand is a good way to make sure you have the explanation straight in your head. Then, when it is time to give the explanation to the students you won’t need to spend time writing it up on the board.
Instead you can project your Microsoft Word notes or your Powerpoint presentation. Typed up notes will always be neater than writing on a board plus you can save them for when you teach again.
Using the board may seem like a small aspect of your classroom management repertoire, but it is an important one. Having an organised board will help you develop your lesson logically and will help your students follow the progression of the lesson better.
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- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.