Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue
Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue
This is an abridged version of my closing graduation speech I recently gave where I work. Words to those entering the teaching profession. Sorry for the bad audio but I did this in one take and without any notes.... just thoughts in my head.
I forgot all about this site until I just saw it advertised on ESLcafe by Dave. I've been teaching here in China going on almost two years now. I'm getting ready to make the leap back to Korea and of course I'm a bit worried about my future prospects.
I've been given the impression public schools are much harder jobs to get into these days. I've also been given the impression hogwan jobs aren't nearly as cozy as they used to be. If anything they seem to be a real grind…
I just came home from attending our graduation. I gave the closing speech, sending off all the teachers to adventures in classrooms in Korea and around the world. Another honor I'm humbled by and my speech below (not the exact speech, I actually always get "off topic" and it is there where a lot of the learning happens!) is about sharing some lessons I've learned over the years. I considered using "Oh, the places you'll go! " by Dr. Seuss but went with my heart, my…
The esteemed Larry Ferlazzo recently interviewed me about teaching and EFL Classroom. He's just posted it on his blog. Thanks Larry! Visit it HERE. Thanks Larry for the opportunity to share some of my passion and views on teaching.
Yes, every book does have its cover and for a reason. The cover is the most important part of the book. Why? Well not because it tells the story or has "content" or "stuff". Rather, because it fires us up, it gets us motivated, it stirs our soul. It creates anticipation - that potent elexir that all students (and teachers) need to drink.
Our lessons are similar. We need a HOOK! Something to create energy and excitement about our time together. And I don't just mean chit-chat… Continue
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.
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
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
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…
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…