** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.
A teacher wears many hats, so why not actually wear one?
Especially for a language teacher, it is imperative to decrease student…Continue
Just a quick post to let you know I'm moving back to Australia in early July to take up an Assoc. Lecturer's position with the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba.
I will miss Taiwan, but it will be nice to spend a few years back close to my family and children. So, if I've been quiet lately (and for a bit longer) its to do with that big change. I hope you understand.
While I know I'll be working with online students in their EAP program, I don't have many other…Continue
Check out this new and funny way to learn a song in English. Lots of exercises to learn the vocabulary in the song. Including Quizlet sets, fling the teacher games and so much more...
I'm sure you'll love it as well as my students did, after the class they were saying ' Wow I can't seem to be able to forget the song. lol!
They are really happy.
Just click this link and you'l find out about this new cool stuff.
I'm happy with my students. So happy. Also very proud of this bunch of new teachers, they kept their idealism and passion all year and no doubt will bring this energy into teaching, into education. I'm so…Continue
Cool song of Taylor Swift,called Safe…Continue
I ended my year and sent off my new teachers into the wide world of education. Fingers crossed. Lots to relate about my year pontificating and sharing, nurturing, cheerleading teachers to be, to be reflective about education and schooling.
Here though, I'd like to share how successful my "Project Zander" was. Read about this…Continue
Teaching a language isn't as easy as it sounds - to do it well. Just showing up to a class and speaking (we call this modeling language) is only half the job. And that other half is an art form that one acquires over the years.
My own growth as a teacher has been on many levels: my beliefs as a teacher, my own classroom management skills, my knowledge of resources, my ability to design…Continue
I think all stories, however simple, teach something. That's the power of good narrative. However, some stories are much better at this than others. I have a whole pile of favorites and today want to share on of my all time favorities - Onions and Garlic.
I've used this countless times…Continue
I've spent the weekend reading the Heidegger and a Hippo walk through those Pearly Gates, the sequel to the amazing Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar. Amazing books that combine commentary with jokes.
As I'm reading, I was thinking of how jokes so…Continue
This blog post is a follow up on my recent post "Disrupting ELT: ebooks". I'm really keen on the new possibilities web 2.0 and technologies have for "the little guy", us practicing teachers.
We can now share and produce our own materials quite easily. This community is a…Continue
1. I have slowed down my delivery and instruction considerably. I used to just screech and scream through content. Now, I relax and pause a lot. I take time to enjoy the spaces together. I've realized students need things "a lot" slower and this leads to much more…Continue
I returned to Grant Robinson, maker of the wonderful Guess The Google game. It's since been retired but now he has adapted it into Montage Maker.
The idea is fairly simple - type…Continue