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Online Course Management System - FREE. Would you use it?

Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Mitchell Lee Feb 12. 7 Replies

I'd like to know how many teachers would use a completely free course management system , if offered here? Meaning, you can create a course there,…Continue

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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue


All Blog Posts Tagged 'poetry' (20)

Gems of EFL Classroom - Poetry

April is National Poetry Month.

Poetry is in my soul (read my own, if interested HERE) and I think if used correctly, it is a powerful activity in the EFL Classroom.

In that vein, find a plethora of resources on the Poetry In The Classroom page.



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Go by playgrounds, teachers.

A poem I wrote based on Leonard Cohen's famous "Go by brooks, my love." See all my poetry on my poetry blog. If interested in using poetry in the classroom, this page will be valuable.

See his song Suzanne with a nice lyric listening sheet…


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Teaching "STYLE" -- do you have it? What is it?

Your Teaching Style quiz.doc

We talk a lot as teachers about learning style but not so much about teaching style.

Most teachers agree, we all have our own unique "style" . Some of us are quiet and calm. Some of us are loud and energetic.…


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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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My Romantic Boy

Tim, my youngest, went back to University last week for his final year. He sent me this poem today, that he wrote for his poetry class. He told me it's a Shakespearean sonnet (4 quatrains and a couplet at the end). Good thing he mentioned that, as I wouldn't have known :)


"Words I Never Said"

Staring through this window pane,

in a corner of the room.

In this scheduled monotony of life,

all I see is you.

that sleek hourglass body,



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The Idiot's Dictionary

The Idiot's Dictionary Finally for the moment, finished with this project - The Idiot's Dictionary. However, dictionaries, like poems, are never finished, merely abandoned.....

Enjoy - read online in my Wattpad library

If you really get into it - think of purchasing the hard cover. But I'll warn you, they are tough. Think… Continue

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Poetry in the EFL Classroom


I've written a lot about using poetry in the classroom. However, came across my old audio page collection and noted Billy Collins great audio recordings (see below) - couldn't help sharing. Decided to collect his wonderful "visual" poems in a nice player. Find them, along with more resources and other great poems for use in the EFL Classroom…


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CONGRATS TO ALL THE CANADIANS, including our host and friend David.

The essential aims of the Prince of AsturiasFoundation, according to its web, are to consolidate links between the Principality and the Prince of Asturias, and to contribute to encouraging and promoting scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of mankind's universal…


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Imagine. A poem about school.


Imagine a classroom where there is no teaching  

only  learning.

Imagine a classroom where there is no leader 

only common purpose.…


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Thanksgiving Day

gratitude In Canada, it was a few weeks ago. However, I'm a big one for "gratitude" in life (and turkey - especially the leftovers). So, I celebrate both Thanksgivings, American and Canadian. Never enough gratitute and "thanks" in a life. It is a disposition I've tried to cultivate - like my mother used to always say, however trite, "count your blessings".

Here is a poem I wrote years ago and share on Thanksgivings. Hope you enjoy it. If so, you can find more poems on… Continue

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Poem Hunter - Lyrical inspiration

Poem Hunter is a site I chanced upon. It offers a really deep array/list of songs based on a "subject" or "theme". Here's the one for "FUTURE". Click the topics on the left for others.

It gives a great list for each topic. A perfect teacher helper - in finding a song to compliment a lesson. I know how difficult this can be! Music is… Continue

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The "migrant" English language teacher

HomelessStreet04 I'm feeling in a very "sanguine" mood - must be the sweltering heat and humidity! I go from sweating profusely to cold chills when I turn on the AC (and suffer too the guilt).

I wrote the poem below the other day - about my inner feelings and present "mind". I think it might speak to other teachers too. We travel so far from home and indeed make "many homes". So what is home?

Robert Frost wrote that home is, “the place where, when you have to go there, / They… Continue

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PicLits an Interesting Picture Word Vehicle

PicLits is an interesting site that offers many educational possibilities. I played with the site and developed 2 PicLit from

See the full PicLit at'>pictures I want to use to introduce this site to my… Continue

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Poetry and Teaching

The other day while doing some reading of others blogs, I came across a teacher's blog post with poetry.

I really love it when I fnd some poetry on a blog, even a blog about teaching! Poetry is a great way to "think" about ourselves, our relationships, our classrooms, our jobs - it makes a better teacher, I'm convinced.

You don't have to write it (but that's even…

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Spoken Verse

Perhaps you might know that I have a little connection with poetry -- you can see that at my "A Poem A Day" blog. So I really, really think poetry can be great, especially for teachers!

So it was with wonder and huzza that I first clasped eyes on "Spoken Verse" , a gigantic youtube collection of spoken poetry in video. It has gems galore. For the classroom or just for teachers. You… Continue

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Letting Your Hair Down....

The last month or so, I've been blessed, visiting many English teacher's classrooms and experiencing their lessons. Unfortunately, it is part of "officialdom" but that's just something I deal with and more importantly, I focus on "being there" and giving advice to the teachers and also just on our own conversation.

One thing I've become more convinced of through these visits is the power of educators who have real "rapport" with their students. I can almost tell within the… Continue

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Thanksgiving Day - Poetry

I don't share much of myself here. But I do believe I should and will try to open up more....I've no secrets :)

Today, while searching for some other poetry, I came across one of my own poems! Wow! Yeah, I wrote poetry for many years. Essays too. Published in small journals (big in Canada but small comparatively). I had a head on me as big as a moose and really thought that "I was it". Ah, the vagrancies and lightness of being - that is youth!

However, the poem is about… Continue

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The Dimensions of the Present Moment.

When I was a young(er) teacher, quite cut off and alone in a town in the Czech Rep. -- one of the books that were my best friends was "The Dimensions of the Present Moment" - a collection of essays by the Czech immunologist / poet , Miroslav Holub (more on him HERE). In one essay, he outlined how each breath / line of poetry is less than 3 seconds or 1 moment. He continued to outline how a moment…


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Writing Tips from Bukowski - Don't Try!

I've always loved Charles Bukowski. Though much of his writing is "off" when he hits it - he's dead on. God like.

I was reading today, thinking about the writing process and Bukowski's wonderful poem, "IF I Taught Creative Writing" came rushing back to me. So here it is below. Along with a recent Bukowski video I made of his immortal "Broken Shoelace". -- He always gives good advice.

If I Were to Teach Creative… Continue

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Leonard Cohen


Today for some odd reason, probably because it's spring, I'm thinking of Leonard Cohen. So I'd like to share some thoughts I have about this wonderfully "real" man. Both Leonard and Irving Layton mean so much to me, a young Canadian growing up in the 70s and looking up to them wide eyed. So I'd like to talk about him and also ask you - What's your favorite Leonard Cohen moment, video, song? Let's honor the guy before the worms do.... My own fav. is…


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