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All Blog Posts Tagged 'teaching' (197)


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Student Voices

Here is a student voice that we all should listen to. Advanced level students can follow along with the transcript or watch the Kinetic Typography version. 

I will not let…

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Participant Centered Learning

The case for participant-centered learning

This is an awesome lecture to listen to.

PROFESSOR JIM AUSTIN: The issue of teaching and learning is a very old issue. Around here at Harvard, people have been thinking about it for a long time. In 1869, one of our most distinguished presidents of the University, Charles Eliot, said, �Our major problem is not what to teach, it is how to teach it.�

And so that is a challenge that always faces every educator: How best to teach?…

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The 7 Laws Of Teaching

Today marks the 130th anniversary of  John Milton Gregory's influential (at its time) statement about what teaching and learning fundamentally is - The 7 Laws Of Teaching.

Do you agree that they still apply to today's classroom and schooling?  Which are true and which have not stood the test of time?  H.D. Brown's more recent statement of the 10 Commandments of teachers and learners is also worth…

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Blasts from the Pasts: The School Of TEFL

I started the community School Of TEFL around the same time I started EFL Classroom 2.0, over 7 years ago.  It was a place to enact my philosophy of "open teaching, open classrooms" and share what I was doing in my teacher training, directly with other teachers. 

It is not used much but full, full, full of free materials. A great option for those…

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50 "Best Practices" for language teachers

                     50 “Best Practices” For Language Teachers                    

“It’s a funny thing. The more I practice, the luckier I get.”

                             - Arnold Palmer

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TEFL Professional Development Videos

Some of my own and others - videos for professional development. See the Teacher Training page of presentations…

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Teaching as a vocation

More and more, I see a clear line between two camps of teachers. Those that view teaching as a profession, a way to make a living, what happens Mon-Fri. and between classroom walls, 8 to 4 (or chose your time) and those that view teaching as a vocation, a way of life, a 24/7, always on, way of being. 

I don't think either is good or bad. They both have value and at the end of the day, help students. Plus, there is for sure, a gradient, teachers existing between the…

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Next Blog Carnival - "Resolutions"

Andrea Wade at World Teacher  will host the 38th ELT Blog Carnival.  The theme is “Resolutions“.  Send in your submissions before Jan. 01.   View the last carnival HERE.

You can send your blog posts  …

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35th ELT Blog Carnival - Great Lessons

The 35th ELT Blog Carnival is now open and its time for you to get a ticket and take some rides!

Browse the submissions below ( click the pic to start - click the ticket to gain entry and read).  

The next edition will be hosted by Vicki Hollett and its about video lessons! Submit your entries by Oct. 31st …

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Teaching English Magazine

I read a lot.  Part of my job as an educational consultant but also just part of who I am. I love keeping up with new stuff, trends, finding the best and most insightful knowledge on the web etc..... 

I'd like to share that with members of this community, so my leg work becomes accessible to you.  To that end, I've started a new magazine, updated daily with new items related to…

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Learning WITH your students!

I've always been one of the guys screaming for a more student centered focus in language instruction. Especially with such a "human" and "deep" subject as language -- a social oriented subject -- this has to be the case. We learn language by social interaction - the research is unequivical on this point. If a baby has no social interaction or little, their language skills are…

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Eureka! A great post on how to teach English naturally!



I usually don't write too much about the other things I read on the web. I find for the most part, a dearth of really good writing about language and especially teaching language. Not being elitist but most often the underlying ethos is focused on delivering lessons in a "studious"…

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The Power of Positive Teaching

A short reminder of how powerful a few words of encouragment can be for our students.  Often maligned, I'm one that thinks we can't praise enough -just have to do it well and purposefully. Here are a few tips I have regarding Praise in the Classroom. …

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Making A Difference

One big job of any teacher is to "make a difference".  It is the small things we do that count, the day in and day out that count.  It may be invisible but we do make a difference. 

Here is a presentation / story that I play often to begin the school year or at the end for graduating teachers in…

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Does Google Have All The Answers?

I've written about google before - all that you can do there and what it offers.

Today, just have some questions to throw out there after rewatching a fav. singer Raul Midon and his "All The…

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Lesson Frameworks

A  few photos to outline some of the basic things we should think of when putting together our lessons. Over time, these don't have to be thought of consciously - they'll be automatically part of our belief system and unconscious actions as a teacher. 

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50 Things To Do The First Week Of School

Every journey begins with a simple thought.”

                                                      – anonymous

                                                      

A new school year or semester on the horizon can be overwhelming. So much to…

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Imagine

I made a previous blog post / poem along these lines.  

Returning to this and will blog fully about it with a video version of the cover song for education. Also, a post about peace -  a lot to say about our failure as educators in this regard.  Let's imagine ....…

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Teaching Young Learners

It's not easy and I value so much, all the selfless toil primary school and young learner teachers do - day in and day out. 

I recently updated and posted my presentation about teaching young learners and things we should pay attention to. Also there, get a link to a whole list of further recommended readings/viewings/resources for your own professional…

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Top 10 Writing Tips

Came upon this presentation I shared with teachers a number of years ago when teaching creative writing.  

Based on my own experience as an author and teacher.  

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