“Making it personal: Letting Students Lead”
Beth Ellen Barry
Trying to address the motivational issues and increase the espirt de corps of her rebounding COVID-19 classes, Beth Barry assigned what she hoped would be an opening-up opportunity for her students. Little did she realize when she assigned "What is your favorite song?" as a discussion class stimulant, her students would pour themselves out to each other in a controlled but highly creative manner. Similarly, students dove into an assignment that involved drawing significant moments in their lives which stimulated deeper questioning. In this webinar, Beth Barry shares how giving students a stake in classroom content invites greater student participation and builds enthusiasm for continued study.
Beth Ellen Barry is a 2001 Master of Arts in Teaching graduate from School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont. In 1992, while studying for her teaching license, she volunteered to teach newly arrived immigrants survival English through a program sponsored by the Mennonite church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Unbeknownst to her, that opportunity would lead to 30 years of living and working abroad and in the United States as a TESOL professional. Ms. Barry is a tenured Hawaii public schools’ teacher with the distinction of "highly qualified" to teach not only TESOL but also English language and literature and is licensed in Hawaii, California, Alaska as well as the United Kingdom where she earned Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).