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Wisdom to Teachers - what it's mostly about...

I recently came across two items that profoundly, profoundly "hit me". Meaning, they spoke to me as an educator about our true calling, our true place in the world. I'll leave it for these authors to tell more.



The first is a wonderful essay, "To New Teachers: The graduation speech you won't hear but should"


The second is this speech by Michael Jackson. With text,…
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I wish I'd known at 18 - Stephen Fry

Thanks to my PLN (personal learning network) for throwing this my way. A keeper. I'll watch over and over whenever I need nutrition for my soul. So much wisdom in 30 min. Stephen Fry tells us some important things, most that CAN be applied not only to life but also teaching. Like goals -- throw them out! They only lead you down a swampy path of me, me, me and let discover remain on the horizon and your growth too..... Take a watch -… Continue

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Hire Me! Hire MORE English Teachers!



My previous blog post "Fire All English Teachers" was a satire on my part and not what I fundamentally believe. I tried to put a lot of "references" to tongue in cheek stuff but I guess I was just too subtle with the "Swift" and the "Common Sense" references.

So let me come clean and be brief.



I DO want the world to hire more teachers! MORE and MORE and… Continue

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The #1 .....(video on EFL Classroom 2.0 for teachers to watch)

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



Children Full of Life



Yes, it isn't easy to decide on one video but on the other hand, this was easy.



Children full of life is a 2003 documentary about Mr. Kanamori and his grade 4 class in Japan. You spend a… Continue

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Swiftian Common Sense - Fire all English Teachers!

The following really is "common sense" but it might shock you. So be forewarned. What follows might tug at your very nature and deep ingrained notions of who you are and what you do / teach.



I propose that the best way to get students to learn English is to fire all teachers.



Yeah, you heard me right - fire all English (as a language) teachers. Or, in order to make the transition easier, phase in the layoffs and shift those with usable… Continue

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The #1 (seating arrangement for students)

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



It Depends!



Yes, got to say this. There are many options and as many factors for choosing the appropriate seating arrangement of students.



1) Size of the classroom / number of students

2) Your teaching methodology or the activities

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A Spring Message



Spring is here in this part of the world. Hope rings eternal. I call it "the filling". The world replenishes itself and begins the cycle of rebirth.



Whenever I'm in need of a metaphor for teaching, I always reach for that of "sowing seeds". The teacher is a person involved in planting the seeds of knowledge and bringing the human spirit to life. To be a teacher and a sower of seeds, you don't have to be a paid employee. Mothers are teachers, homeless…
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Using The Board - some tips

Using the board is something that seems "simple" but yet requires a learning curve and gets better with experience. Here are some things I've gleamed from experience and put to good stead over the years. (and by no means am I an expert - see one of my boards on this presentation as…

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The #1 (way to motivate students)

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

                       

                          SUCCESS



If you want your students to learn, if you want your students to learn long term, if you want your students to progress --…

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The Tao of Teaching

Over the last year - I've enjoyed reflecting on "teaching" through my forum collection, "The Tao of Teaching".



Now, you can get everything as a presentation for easy browsing. Hope you enjoy and please comment on the forum and add your own thoughts! …









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Dear Alfie....

Dear Alfie,



I've lauded you on numerous occasions but now I doth protest! Not for anything substantive but more about your "process". You see, I was reading a chart you designed and which appeared on "education.com". It is a nice chart BUT not exactly revelatory. Yet, to what did my wondrous eyes appear? Well, this big bold disclaimer at the bottom of it.



Copyright © 1996 by Alfie Kohn. This article may be downloaded,…

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Bend it like Beckham. - Hit it like Hiddink!

I'm not much of a soccer player anymore, had my day and that's that. However, I've always admired the success and uniqueness of Guus Hiddink - the coach who propelled Korea to the World Cup semi finals. He coaches like we should teach (and I submit, an English language teacher is more a coach - getting his players to play well than "instruct" preaching at his players. (** he also is a "where I lay my hat is my home" kind of guy - much like many a language teacher)



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What Makes a Great Teacher?

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

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An AMAZING Teacher

An Amazing Teacher. from David Deubelbeiss on Vimeo.



 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

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Learning, effort or pleasure?

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.…

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Educating Young Minds - What gives?

An interesting article, excerpted below in the N.Y. Times - "Studying Young Minds and how to teach them", got me thinking about something very special today.......



I taught grade 4 for a few years and also began my teaching career as a Jr. Int. teacher. Throughout all the time I've spent with young learners, I've come to one unamazing… Continue

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Teacher's Selling their "goods" - A Story



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

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In Praise of Backpacking English Teachers



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

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Top 5 Videos to Inspire Teachers

#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 /…

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Using Voicethread with your textbook.

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.



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