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Teacher Burnout / Stress

One of my goals this coming school year is to be more personal in my writing/blogging. I know I am guilty of sharing precious little about myself. I pontificate, philosophize, condemn, encourage but in that, I share little of "who I am". I don't want to be that kind of writer, blogger or secret sharer. So here…

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Mid Month Updates: Oct. 2014

October is going by in a flash!  Here are some updates of what's coming up or of recent note on the EFL 2.0 community. 

1. Materials Design Principles Webinar. Tues. Oct. 14. 8am EST.

Do you design your own materials, are you thinking about it? Well, you should and this webinar will discuss some basic considerations when designing print or online materials. Sign up…

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Recent LinkedIn Discussions

Here are some recent conversations of note with many comments and insights. Check them out!  Lots of intelligent, insightful thoughts from educators around the world.  Get the full prior archive of discusssions here.

(not a member of the group? Please join, just takes a…

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10 Things Project

Getting students thinking and harnessing their own inner curiosity through question based instruction – is a great approach.  Or also Project Based Instruction.  The more we educators can harness the inner light and motivation of students, tap into their thirst to know - the more we'll succeed. 

Sometimes like …

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Teachers? Who needs them?

I've always, my whole life long, had the sneaking suspicion that adults really didn't know much and were just as scared as us kids and as frightfully "groping". My suspicions were confirmed as I reached adulthood and realized that adults don't "know it all", nor possess some magical "togetherness".

Same…

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September Mid-Month Updates

Not a lot "new" to relay this mid-month but find some things that you might of missed earlier this month!

1.  Inspiring Quotes.   A good quote can really "hit home".  Here are…

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Ed Tech: Yesterday & Today

Technology has been used in education since the first teacher scratched a drawing on a rock face.  What's interesting is how it has evolved and spread so that it is ubiquitous, in the background, taken for granted.

That's the point we need to reach - so the use of the technology doesn't interfere at…

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Back To School Helpers

Yes, it is that time of year! Back to school and back to the trenches and battle to keep the light of education and learning burning.

Here are a few things that might help you as you "get back at it".

Want to host your own ELT Blog Carnival? Find out more and sign up to host a monthly carnival…

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Schooling The World

This is a must watch film.  Mostly for the questions it will have us teachers asking ourselves about modern schooling and our role within it. 

The film challenges and "derobes" the thing that we know as school. It asks us - "Isn't there a better way?"  

Grab a drink, turn it on and begin to think, question, examine, simplify .....

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50 Timeless Quotes To Inspire Teachers

“Like your body, your mind also gets tired so refresh it by wise sayings.”

                                ~Hazrat Ali

I think many of us get inspiration from sharp quotes that…

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50 Quotes To Inspire Teachers

50 Quotes To Inspire (and get teachers thinking) 

                                               

A great quote should be like a “hammer to the head”, a bolt of lightning…

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An Instant Resource Library

Our community is 100% free. Browse and download files, get inspired, learn so much more about our profession. Store photos, make a profile, start groups and even send your students to study here on our many pages of content.

However, we do have a resource library that instantly gives all teachers, everything at their fingertips. EVERYTHING you need to teach well - guaranteed.  All at a low…

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August Mid Month Updates

Just a few updates and new things to mention mid month until our next newsletter.

1. 42nd ELT Blog Carnival

Got a blog? Send in an entry on the topic of "Back To School". New or old, something that can help…

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42nd ELT Blog Carnival:

September 01 we will be hosting the 42nd edition of the ELT Blog Carnival.   The theme is "Back To School ".

Post any and all entries HERE

We are also looking for future hosts of the Carnival for the coming year. Find out more and sign up to host a monthly carnival …

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Zen and the Act of Teaching

I've been pleased as punch by the feedback for this reflective journal. It will be mentioned and highlighted in several publications this fall as well as  the hardcover book for purchase, being used in several training programs. If you do use as a hardcover book in a teaching program or wish…

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Two Way "Tech" Tasks

Two way tasks are the staple activity of the communicative approach. Also known as an "information gap" activity, they force students to communicate with each other in order to retrieve information to complete a…

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So You Want To Be A Teacher?

I threw this together pretty quickly (will remake better when I get time) but was reminded about it when thinking about how important "all in" is when learning. How important it is to shut off our conscious mind and let things in. 

When learning, we learn more if we don't try, don't have our conscious mindkeeper on. (see this article).  Same goes for teaching, we are better teachers when we…

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The "Uncomfortable" Educator

I've always been one to caution teachers about bringing up / raising / planning for controversial issues in the language classroom. In most classrooms it just isn't our job or also worth the risk. We aren't trained counselors and we will never know when the opinions/ideas of these topics will cause harm to students. And a…

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July Mid-Month Updates

Here are a few updates about what's new or trending on the community this month. 

1. Host An ELT Blog Carnival. A call for all bloggers out there to host a blog carnival this year! Read how and find out about the next one scheduled …

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Host An ELT Blog Carnival!

The ELT Blog Carnival has been going strong for over 7 years!  Hosts get invaluable attention to their own blog and make an incredible contribution to helping foster / nurture a wider professional development community. See examples of past ELT Blog Carnivals at the carnival website - http://eltblogcarnival.com

We are now in need of hosts for future ELT Blog Carnivals. It is…

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