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Learning Communities

Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27, 2017. 0 Replies

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


Started by Christina Shepherd in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 26, 2017. 1 Reply

How does implementation help you out throughout the year? I am curious to know what things have worked for you and what things have not worked for you through an implementation standard.  Continue

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19, 2017. 74 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17, 2017. 14 Replies

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

Tags: 5, top




All Blog Posts Tagged 'teaching' (198)

Teaching is .....

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.


Here are a few photos (I'm horrible about taking… Continue

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Aaron is back!

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…

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The #1 ... (conversational game)

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Pass the Paper

There are many conversational games but I have found none so popular and powerful as "Pass the Paper".

We have many pre made Pass the Paper games on EFL Classroom 2.0 (for supporters but also available on…

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The #1 .... (motivation of teachers)

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A "Good" Pay Check

Once you wipe away your idealism or walk the talk as a teacher - you will conclude that there is no more powerful way to make a "great teacher" than a nice, solid, reliable pay check.

I remember my days in the Toronto District School Board. I taught in a few "working class" schools. Lots of…


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Graduation speech - Teaching is .....

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…


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Interview about EFL Classroom

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.

I answer the following questions:

1. Can you give a little background… Continue

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MisCositas Website

Came across this language site. Lots of materials and resources. MisCositashttp://www.miscositas.com/

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Every book has it's cover - every lesson needs a hook!

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

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The #1 ... (book to help teachers teach)

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Oxford Basics

oxford basics Teaching isn't the easiest of things and it takes time to acquire sound skill and knowledge. However, you can speed up that process and I find the Oxford…

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The #1...(piece of advice to teachers)

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You are replaceable!!!!

Yes, that's it in a nutshell. It is a HARD thing to learn, however simple and comprehensible on the surface.

I've worked and given my best in a lot of jobs. But make no mistake, I learned the hard way - we/I/you/them -…


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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)

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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)

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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

3) What your students like!!! What your admin wants!!! (culture is important… Continue

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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.



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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