2011 was a big year for myself as a blogger. I blog for several organizations in addition to this blog (both this public one and the one on EFL Classroom 2.0). So I'm always shocked by my output - over 270 posts on this blog alone in 2011. However, even more suprised by the joy and pleasure I have making a blog post. I don't count, or do it as a duty. I enjoy sharing, I enjoy the thought I suck upon like a…Continue
Classroom management related questions are the top email item I get. I get them often from both new and experienced teachers alike. It is a skill that needs a teacher's constant attention. The ground is always moving underneath us.
In response to this, I created a Classroom Management directory page. Loads of videos, quizzes and go to references to help all teachers. I've been updating it recently and hope it…Continue
The Universities of Utrecht and Valencia, in cooperation with TELLConsult and the Utrecht SummerSchool,…Continue
I'm a major "junk" collector and when I first started using Huffduffer, just couldn't resist collecting all the best education/teaching related podcastson the web. And I think I've achieved that, bar none.
You'll enjoy searching with handy tags and you'll be sure to find some "gems". My favorite podcast has to be this one…Continue
I'm a big fan of drawing in the EFL Classroom 2.0. Last night, my parents related a story about a neighbors door mat (pictured). I immediately thought "LESSON!", so here it is.
It would be great…Continue
On EFL Classroom 2.0, we call our groups - "Classrooms". We have over 100 of them and recently, they've gained unbelievable functionality and really are almost full social networks in their own right.
All members can start a group. Make unlimited webpages for your group members. Make the group private (a school/teacher/class might want to do this) or public. You can email all…Continue
Yesterday at the gym, in sharp succession, was called "Sir" by two young men (probably high school age). One replied, "Yes, sir" when I asked if I was going in the direction of the change rooms. The other banged the door into me and gave me a curt, "Sorry, sir".
When I'm called Sir, I'm always in shock and it got me thinking - how does it vary around the world, the use of this honorarium?
There has been some talk in ELT circles about "The Round", a new endeavor in the ELT self publishing field. I wish them all the best.
I'm all for this and have written extensivelyhow others may make/design/market/sell…Continue
In it, you listen to the 1st Article of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man spoken in a foreign language. Then you guess and see how…Continue
Shangaidaily.com also covered the news about our protests and strikes
MADRID, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Secondary school teachers on Thursday held the seventh round of strike against spending cuts in education in the Spanish capital Madrid.…
The transition has gone better than I expected. Love spending time with my lovely parents on the farm. Love my sisters and kids. Love just exploring my old town and trails. Got a great job at the local…Continue
Beyond TEFL certificate training, I first got into giving serious workshops through and about "Karaoke in the classroom". I find karaoke a great tool for not just improving reading skills but also getting students some controlled speaking practice.
In that vein, find lots of karaoke on EFL Classroom 2.0. However, today I'd…Continue
In reply to a number of requests, this post outlines our methodology behind getting our students to create and upload rage comics to reddit.
The first lesson is a general introduction to the vocabulary for emotions in English. At the end of the lesson, students are introduced to popular Internet memes known as rage faces and are asked to…Continue
Our Video eMail page is a truly hidden gem! Send feedback to students with it. Get students to record using it and send you the result. A tool that is stellar for promoting student speaking practice. Strong privacy controls too. Listen to me describe it by using it! Just click the pic.
Get more gems in this ongoing series HERE.…Continue
** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.
Yep, that's right. Teachers who think their students are smart will have smart…Continue
Teaching vocabulary can sometimes be trying. Mostly because it involves a lot of "new" stuff for students and a lot of slogging through, a lot of hard work on the part of the learner.
What The Wordle helps! They are a series of presentations, games really, that I made to…Continue
Video Rulz! However for teachers, youtube can be problematic in the classroom. Too many distractions, too many ads. The students are busy looking at all the other stuff and not focusing on the main video.
I've made a playerthat helps immensely. Drawing on youtube's API, you even get higher quality and more reliably…Continue
It is always a delight to read/hear one's ideas confirmed/supported. It's the source of so much joy and progress in this world and also the source of so much evil. Such is our nature. Today, over my Friday morning ritual of "the big breakfast" at Twiggs, the local coffee shop - had this experience.
Every Friday, I usually sit and read my New York Review of Books and enjoy an hour of…Continue