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Is “Long form” dead?

A number of recent events have had this question swirling around in my head. First and foremost, the recent ELT Blog Carnival I hosted and promoted. Not too many entries and not a lot of interest from those I emailed about it. “Too busy” everyone...

My own Egyptian moment (Part 2)

Previously, in the spring, I wrote about events in Egypt and my own feelings as a teacher. Given recent events, I’m revisiting these thoughts and thinking about my caution at the time, my fear that power will triumph over “education”. By education, I mean what...

School starts tomorrow!

Yep, time to get serious, school is starting! In keeping with this year’s promise to be more personal on my blog, I have some news of my comings and goings. I’ll be starting to teach at the university I attended for my own B.Ed. After...

Being “Teacher Fit”

In a previous post, I talked about my latest brainstorm – a treadmill desk. Well, I got my new treadmill several days ago and have started in earnest. No more computer time unless I’m walking away! I’ve been averaging 10+ km a day, moving at...

The Idiot’s Dictionary II

Finally for the moment, finished with this project – The Idiot’s Dictionary. However, dictionaries, like poems, are never finished, merely abandoned….. Enjoy – get the online copy here. (download button, bottom right) If you really get into it – think of purchasing the hard cover....

Learning a language

Learning a language

This video is raw, raw and real. Meaning, to me it speaks on many levels (both good and bad) because it is from the heart, the belly and the brain – because it has spirit and eyes and emotion. We need more of this type...

My own “Egyptian” moment

“He not busy making his students come alive, is a busy not teaching, a busy dying”. I’ve been watching the events in Egypt with intense sentimentalism and empathy.  An extreme desire and understanding. You see, I’ve seen it before and don’t want it to turn...

The alive and the online

This evening, I went out to the local symphony’s Christmas Concert.  A wonderful gathering of many in this small city.  They played the score for the Christmas film – The Snowman by Peter Briggs.  Plus lots of carols and they had the whole audience singing...

Helping others, help themselves

Helping others, help themselves

Over the last several months, I’ve been corresponding with Mike Marzio, the wonderful engineer behind Real-English videos. Corresponding about a campaign to raise funds for Zacharia, a poor, bright spirited deaf man in Kenya. We wondered how to go about it. Would others respond? Fortunately,...

The #1 …. (conversation game)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. 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...

The #1 ….. (motivation for teachers)

The #1 ….. (motivation for teachers)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. 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...

Best Soccer Docs – Watch now!

Best Soccer Docs – Watch now!

This is a truly inspiring soccer documentary, the best of the best. It tells the story of how amputees, former child soldiers in Liberia, came together and through soccer, found some healing. Told in a slow voice over, it is really easy to follow and...

Contribute to the next blog carnival!

The 17th ELL / EFL / ESL Blog Carnival is approaching (hosted by Mary Ann Zehr) and why not think of contributing a blog entry? Go HERE to fill out the form and submit – or see Larry Ferlazzo’s post. You can see all previous...

Student created “Doodle videos”.

Student created “Doodle videos”.

I’m proud as punch these days — about how little ideas I’ve developed and promoted, have found homes in classrooms and learning. I just want to tell you (brag) about one of them. Since introducing Project Peace, many teachers have taken my text to speech...

Doodle 4 Google logos

Doodle 4 Google logos

Doodle 4 Google is a cool K-12 competition where schools and classrooms send in their art “rework” of Google’s logo and try to win prizes. I got thinking about this wonderful concept today and how it can help us teachers teach English. Decided on putting...

The #1 …….(short video for YLs)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. The Elephant Song — 150%!!!! Eric Herman does a great job with his son. It is so engaging, even for adults. A song but with dialogue – it has it all. Use in millions...

The #1 …. (song)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. That’s The Way Uh huh, Uh huh, I like it. I”ve been teaching and hawking the use of songs in education/esl/efl/even hell, for longer than I can even remember (farthest back I does remember...

KOTESOL – Time for Change. Vote!

KOTESOL – Time for Change. Vote!

If you are teaching in Korea, you might know about KOTESOL – the Korean branch of TESOL. I’ve been giving presentations through them at all levels for a number of years but keep a fairly distant relationship. Just teacher training / workshops. (you can see...

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