Keynote: Help them SHINE! Playing Games When Teaching 1 to 1 by Naomi Ganin - Epstein
Students are not fools. They don't believe the teacher who lets them win a game on purpose or pretends not to know the answer to the question. This talk will examine how we play games when teaching one-on-one, respecting the students but still helping them shine!
Bio Hello! I’m Naomi Epstein, a teacher and national counselor of English as a FOREIGN language to deaf and hard of hearing students in Israel. I have been doing this for over 29 years. I was born in Philadelphia, Penn., U.S.A, then spent my elementary school years in Brookline, Mass. When I was 11 years old I moved to Israel. Here I got my B.A in Education of the deaf, My B.E.D in EFL and my M.A in Curriculum Development. I published two coursebooks; “Apples and Zebras” (a beginners workbook) and “The Book of Keys” (for weak high-school students).
I currently work five days a week at Yehud Comprehensive High-School (though I began as an elementary school teacher) which has the largest program for deaf and hard of hearing students in a regular high-school in the country. On the sixth day I’m a “Shema” national counselor, mainly for teachers of pupils who are mainstreamed. In addition I teach courses to struggling adult learners (with normal hearing!) striving to pass the English section of college entry exams. And on the seventh day, I rest! I currently live in Kiryat-Ono, Israel, with my husband and two sons.