There is A LOT that makes a great teacher. I guess that's why this topic comes up over and over and over again. Hard to pin down and wrap it in some formulaic response. However, The Atlantic "What makes a Great Teacher", just tried to and though they hit a lot of nails, they didn't manage to really build a house.
They expound on the "Teach for America", "Race for the Top" and "New Teacher Project", all cash cows to… Continue
We have many, many videos of teachers teaching their students. It is so revealing and helpful for teachers to watch these, watch and see the little things. It really is in the little things that a good teacher becomes GREAT.
This teacher I'd hire in a heart beat. He's a… Continue
Now that we start a new year, reflection is almost part of the cleaning process after the last party.
Once more, I find myself asking what does teaching bring me, and why don't I want to change this exhausting job for some other more relaxing task like writing or translating full time...
I supose it is because teaching is a lot like sharing a new discovery every day; like having the fun of bringing people to nice places for the firts time.… Continue
There is a discussion within the online teaching community world wide because of THIS recent N.Y. Times article about teachers selling their lesson plans/materials and making $$$. May the Best Teacher Win is a great response and correctly suggests we are asking the wrong questions. If interested… Continue
I think backpacking English teachers get a bad rap. Truly they do. And especially from the more "senior" and "accomplished/established" members of our profession - ELT (English Language Teaching). Why so? I have only praise for this unseasoned, fertile, fecund and procreant soil of our profession. So I sing their praises and I'll tell you why.
A few weeks ago, I attended a plenary given by David Nunan. Now, I have nothing but great respect for Dr. Nunan. His… Continue
#1 - One Buttocks Teaching. Although not directly about teaching, Benjamin Zander relates with humor and intelligence, many important messages about teaching and relating/inspiring others. This is definitely number one and of high note!
Continuing on from our other BEST Videos series (Funniest /…
One of the hardest parts of being an EFL student is not getting enough opportunity to speak. In class, there are usually too few opportunities for really spontaneous and "real" production/output. Voicethread is a tool that offers this in abundance. Read all our blog posts about Voicethread HERE.
I really needed some inspiration today and got it in this STERLING essay by a Korean writer. He really hits the nail on the head - he really let's us know why we do what we do every day; plan classes, design lessons, council students, take attendance, research, go to meetings, call parents, check homework and yes - pick up our pay checks.
Enough of my boring introduction. Please read this! Also, this short text to speech video I made, compliments what he is… Continue
I remember awaiting nervously for a telephone call from my family doctor it was January 19th 2006 this date is forever etched in my mind. Finally the phone rings. Mr. Mc Leod I have bad news for you the biopsy results show you have grade II Stage III Follicular Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, in the same breath he said you need all the radiation and Chemo you can get.
He then immediately scheduled me for an appointment with an oncologist. My Oncologist said I… Continue
I recently started blogging, as a way for me to learn more about using web 2.0 tools, and as a way to encourage teachers to use the internet for professional development. I'm still pretty new and figuring out what I'm doing, but I'm having fun and learning a lot :)
Now, I have a question for you.....
I'm starting a blog series that focuses on EFL for young learners around the world. Rather than looking for generalizations about EFL in any country, I want to focus on… Continue
Teaching writing isn't easy but despite being a "high order skill" it is an invaluable thing for any student who will work in an all English environment. Or for any second language speaker who'll communicate online (or by snail mail - people still do that, you know!).
Fortunately there are many online sites to help teachers instruct and for students to visit and get much needed feedback and practice. Also,… Continue
As many here know, I'm a teacher in Korea. I constantly get asked questions about teaching here -- about visas, cost of living, requirements, job conditions etc.... Always happy to reply to the best of my ability.
I have the honor and privilege of quite often giving end of year, end of course, graduation and other speeches to teachers. I take it seriously and usually end with a story. Stories work well and inspire. One of the ones I've used most often is this one - MAKE A DIFFERENCE. But I have a number of personal anecdotes and also folktales. You can read many others in the… Continue
Added by ddeubel on June 9, 2009 at 9:30am —
Yesterday, during a teacher training workshop, I was reminded of a theory I had about "great teachers". Long ago over many beers, in a pub in the Czech Republic, I outlined the idea that a great teacher was a "heretic", a kind of rebel with a…