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October 2011 Blog Posts (17)


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The Top 5 funniest videos about teaching English

Time for some levity!  It helps us survive our day in and day out teaching grind. It brings things into perspective. 

 

I've written previously…

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Movies and Philosophies of Education

Click to take the quiz about your own philosophy of education



I've written lots about philosophies of education. How important they are to develop and sustain.  A lot of what is "stress" in today's teaching world, derives from teachers working in settings that conflict with their own underlying philosophy of education - often, the teacher not really even knowing that this conflict… Continue

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Inspiring Ed Quotes

There is nothing so inspiring, so uplifting than a well stated quote.  It really can stir the blood and get the mind moving.



I've made so many presentations over the years in this vein.  I present them here for your enjoyment and reference. Just click the link and off you go.....down the rabbit hole!…



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Disrupting ELT

Clayton Christensen, Harvard professor and proponent of how new technologies change traditional market structures and relationships, defines disruption as "the process of transforming something that was previously expensive and complicated into something affordable and…

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What If? The Flipped Conference (Part 2)

My last post was about a new way of holding conferences.  A new way of professional development given current disruptive technologies and more inclusive practices.  Today, I'd like to elaborate on this briefly, to flesh it out and give it some muscle.



See my presentation on the Flipped Classroom below.  In the presentation, I ask about what a "Flipped Conference" would be… Continue

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What if? A new approach to conferences.

I just spent a delightful (but tiring!) weekend at the Korea TESOL conference in Seoul. Met so many teachers that I only knew online - it was truly overwhelming. A special thanks to all those who took in my presentations and/or helped with getting the news out about EnglishCentral. You are all essential components in this push to transform the way students learn English.



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The #1 .... (quality of a successful student)

 

Number One ** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.





Grit / Perseverence

I asked my B.Ed. students this question recently - the number 1 quality that research shows will lead to a "successful" student. They came up with many great qualities but didn't hit the nail on the head -… Continue

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Commercials - send your students to study with me

EnglishCentral commercials

I'm a huge fan of commercials as content for language teaching and learning. 

They are so well produced, by experts. Also, short, concise language models. Symbolically heavy (and all language is at bottom, symbolic). 

 

I'd really like if some teachers could send students (or study…

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Free Won't

I've been thinking a lot about "free will" and the nature of the choices we make - both in teaching and in life.



Recent research, especially since the famous Libert experiment,…

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Inspiring Writing: Capturing Memories

Write the Stories Behind Your Photos 

 SEE COMPLETE POST…

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Update: Basic TEFL Certificate Course

We now have 12 graduates!  See what the certificate you get after graduation looks like, below.



Here is a chart outlining where students are so far in the course. Inspiring and teachers ARE slowing down and taking the course more seriously now. Great news!  (read my previous post about this and why I stopped it being "free").…

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Students join Madrid Teachers in protests against layoffs

 

 

"Madrid students joined teachers on Thursday in their ongoing street demonstrations to protest the cutbacks and layoffs in the education sector that are being proposed by the regional Popular Party (PP) government of Esperanza Aguirre", the most conservative leader in Europe, ultra…

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Songs for young EFL students

Hiyall

 

I've been a member a while but this is my first posting and I hope you find it useful.

 

I am one of The Magic Crayons and we make songs for Kindergarten and Preschool aged children learning English. We are all native English speakers who now live and work in Japan. If you would like more personal information you can find it within the website, but lets jump to the areas of the website I hope you will find useful:

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Reality Check - TEFL Certificate Course

I will also add to this, "Give a man a fish and he'll just expect to not work for any more. Make him pay a little and he'll value that fish and his work to purchase it".



I'm saying this as background to some reflection I've been doing based on the recent FREE TEFL Certificate course I launched.…



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Dancing to the tune of the Pied "texbook" piper

I spent a few hours looking at the conference offerings this coming fall. Something I'm used to doing and invigorated by - I'm energized by the pursuit of knowledge and no better place than a conference, a meeting of minds. Yet, this usually vitalizing activity got me very depressed.



Why?



Well, it seems there is within the "leadership" (if I may use that word and ruse), there is… Continue

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The 8 sided reaLITY of media





Print media, books/magazines/newspapers, have ruled the roost for over 500 years.  For good reason.  However, the time has come when Gutenberg must move over and new forms of media are beginning to take over and do things that only print used to.



I must admit, before going any further, I'm torn. I'm a bibliophile and in love with the texture of a book. I love getting up in the morning and… Continue

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Teaching Young Learners

Just came across this presentation from Joan Kang Shin, whose done a lot of great work and workshopping regarding teaching Young Learners. So just a reminder of her wonderful workshop booklet and her work in general.

 

Also, see/join our…

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