Category: Prof. Development

Posts about being a better teacher or student.

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What Kind of Teacher are You?

This past weekend, I was rereading some Tolstoy and an old essay of Isaiah Berlin popped to mind. He uses an old story of Archilochus about the Hedgehog and the Fox to compare Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. The Hedgehog is driven by one idea, knows one...

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Story/Picture book Making

Writing storybooks or making picture books is a great way to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. It also gives students confidence and pride in “producing” something visible and tangible to measure their English language learning experience. There are several steps to making a storybook and I’ll...

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Community mid month updates

Dear EFL Classroom 2.0ers, Here below are a few new or updated things on the community. Hope you find them useful. Also, on a personal note – I’d like to invite all members to do a summer trial on EnglishCentral. Sign up as a teacher and...

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ELT Professionals LinkedIn: Top Recent Discussions

We have a bang on, great, fantastic, superb group on LinkedIn. Dozens of conversations, hundreds of comments shared daily by teachers. Here’s a summary of the most recent popular conversations. Great professional development and teacher sharing. See the full archive HERE. Spring 2016 1. Teaching Young...

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The Ignorant School Teacher

There has been a lot of debate about the  ideas of Sugata Mitra. He tends to get under teachers’ skins, especially those in ELT.  Find a nice summary of these posts / discussions through this post. I’m kind of confused by all the kerfuffle. I’ve been...

The Gregg Breinberg who directs the 5th grade chorus at P.S. 22 on Forest Ave. in Staten Island.  
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Top 10 Reasons To Use Music

Teachers by training or usually just instinct, know that music works in the classroom. For all ages, for all topics. I’ve even used a song to teach chemistry! This post is further to my well visited Top 50 ways to use music and song in the...

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May mid month community updates

Dear EFL Classroomers, I hope this update finds you well and humming along in your classes.  Now officially 10 years we’ve been sending out emails and newsletters to teachers! Here are some new things on the community that you might find interesting or use in...

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Gifs: The Perfect Language Learning Object

Over the years, I’ve turned into a bit of a “gif” guru. EnglishCentral beginner video lesson content offers brillant gifs for A1 learners. Here’s an example – Hobbies. Gif Lingua and Gif Lingua Books offer a gif “corpus” where gifs are tagged and learners learn...

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I’m a curator.

I am a proud curator. Very proud. Making music from the noise out there. to cure: to make better. curator: someone who makes things better. So yep, I’m pleased to call myself a curator. Really will begin calling myself this rather than “aggregator” (sounds too...

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Making A Manifesto

I’m always keeping up on what’s new in the world of visual text – be it kinetic typography, gif, wordle, tagxedo and loads of other similar applications. They are truly something valuable for us educators – allowing us to add context to text and help students...

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Teaching as a Rube Goldberg machine….

Teaching affects eternity. It really does. Our lives affect eternity but not near as perfectly and precisely, not near as powerfully nor presciently as teaching. I’ve been thinking lately about my own affect – how I stumbled along and began EFL Classroom about 1o years ago...

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February EFL 2.0 Mid Month Updates

Dear EFL Classroom members, I’m sending out our mid-month update email a little early, so you might use the new Valentines Day resources listed. Make sure to access our two magazines to get full updates to all that’s new on the community and our profession...

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50 Timeless quotes for educators

“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 strike like a bolt of thunder and get us seeing things anew, with fresh insight. I’m an...

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Commercials in the classroom

It’s Superbowl time and after football that means, “commercials”! I’ll be making a few lessons based on the latest Superbowl commercials – after the Golden Lions, probably the best commercials made on the planet.  Commercials are great to use in the classroom. They are short,...

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Conference commentary …..

I used to go to conferences often as a presenter.  These days, though I still sometimes present, I’m most often on the other side of the podium – an attendee. It’s great and over the last 4 or 5 months in my role as Director...

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What’s your teaching style?

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. Some of us have...

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Jan. mid month community updates

Dear EFL Classroom members, We hope everyone has had a great start to the 2016 school year. We are sure you are super busy and we’re here to help with a few mid month updates. Make sure to access our two magazines to get full...

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