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School and Student restraint and confinement

I watched this CBS special report about the use of “solitary confinement” and restraints in US schools and have been thinking about it all week. Disturbing. View it below. It was a good reminder, disturbing as it is. A reminder to me that our schools must be abandoned. They can’t be fixed or repaired. They are […]

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Gems of EFL 2.0 – Classroom Management

Classroom management related questions are the top email item I get. I get them often from both new and experienced teachers alike. It is a skill that needs a teacher’s constant attention. The ground is always moving underneath us. In response to this, I created a Classroom Management directory page. Loads of videos, quizzes and […]

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The #1 …. (thing teachers do wrong the first day back to school)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. They Go Over The Class Rules   Yes, despite so many teachers doing this – I believe it a killer for creating the class atmosphere and “team spirit” that is so essential for teaching.  It is crucial that right away, teachers focus on team […]

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Classroom Management Styles

Socrates said, “know thyself”.  Shakespeare, “to thine own self be true”.  I think both apply directly to any teacher that wants to be effective in their job and enjoy their work/self. This is why I’m a big believer in reflective teaching practices. (see my own teaching philosophy HERE) But it is more than just thinking […]

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The #1 …. (prize to give students)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Lining up / Leaving first Yes indeed, it is as simple as that! I’ve tried all the other things and yes, they work but they have their problems. Candy, suckers, chocolate rot teeth and also rot desire. You’ll end up having to give more […]

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The Devil’s in the Details – Small Musts.


I just spent a day evaluating Korean teachers in their classrooms, as part of the TEE (Teaching English in English) program. I’m going to keep away from that topic – it’s still too raw, so to speak. However, I did take lots of notes and some things kept repeating themselves. Mostly small things that teachers […]

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