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The #1 Reason To Use Tech In ELT

differentiation

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.                               Differentiation I have thought about this long and hard. I’m not a big proponent of using “tech for tech’s sake” or just because it is there and students like […]

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The #1 Second Language band …..

Outlandish

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.                                                        Outlandish   I spent part of the day with my Second language singer playlist playing in the […]

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The #1 …. teaching prop

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.                           A Wig or a Hat A teacher wears many hats, so why not actually wear one? Especially for a language teacher, it is imperative to decrease student anxiety, lower the students’ “affective […]

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The #1 ….. factor effecting teacher performance

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.     $$ Teacher Salary and Benefits $$ The Gates Foundation is pouring money into “better educational outcomes”. Lots of money. But little of it is going into the pockets of working teachers. In fact, most of it is going into designing tests, creating standardized […]

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The #1 ….. thing a teacher needs to succeed.

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.                           The Freedom To Teach There is one thing I always wish for the teachers I’ve trained and taught and shown the door into the big wide world of teaching – the freedom […]

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The #1 …… article about teacher development

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.                           The Making Of An Expert   I’ve been involved in teacher training and professional development for a long time. A lot of the time, I’m trying to keep up the good fight […]

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The #1 …. (teaching factor affecting student success)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.         The teacher’s own expectation of the students. Yep, that’s right. Teachers who think their students are smart will have smart students (all things equal). It is the factor that is most important regarding student achievement. I asked my teachers about […]

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The #1 … ( authentic book for teaching ESL/EFL)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Hana’s Suitcase Forget fiction/non-fiction, if I had just one book to insist teachers of all levels share with their students – Hana’s Suitcase would be it.   A personal aside: I’ve always had an obsession and a personal connection with the holocaust, read one […]

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The #1 …. (quality of a successful student)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Grit / Perseverence I asked my B.Ed. students this question recently – the number 1 quality that research shows will lead to a “successful” student. They came up with many great qualities but didn’t hit the nail on the head –  probably (and admirably) […]

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The #1 … (delivery error teachers make)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Assuming The Students Understand “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ~George Bernard Shaw I’ve thought a lot about this and based on my own experiences as a teacher in the trenches, based upon my own development […]

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The #1 …. (voicethread of all time)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Dr. Quinn’s Love Line I can’t tell you how many tears of laughter I’ve shared with students while using Dr. Quinn as an example of Voicethread. He’s incredible and even after 5+ years, still brillant and new as the sun is each day. I’m […]

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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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The #1 … (“funnest” game in ELT)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.               Draw My Thing I’ve written about this game every time I’ve posted about drawing in the classroom. However, it is much more than a drawing game. Think pictionary on competitive steroids. Students don’t have to sign up!!!! […]

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The #1 …. (video all teachers should watch)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. How Hard Can It Be – F.A.T. Workshop I remain firmly convinced, based on years in the classroom and the research out there, that language learners older than 4-5 are “disabled” learners. They are “special needs” students, there isn’t enough processing power, the brain […]

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#1 ebook in ELT (for my readers)

Just a reminder to those who haven’t taken a look yet – my “Number 1 in ELT” ebook is a free download (click the little icon). Full of the best and not the rest – a synthesis of my experience both regarding technology and also plain old fashioned teaching. Just click on any photo/link to […]

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The #1 …. (myth in education)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Learning = School = Education Learning is not 9 to 3, Mon. to Friday. Learning is not with a teacher and sitting at a desk. Learning is not a diploma or certificate. Learning is 24/7, learning is in our own hands, learning is possible […]

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The #1 …. site for debate materials

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. True Tube I’ve been on TrueTube since the beginning and watched it flourish as a go to site for great, critical content for educational use. In the beginning, a one woman show, now a big production. A real educational success story. The materials are […]

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The #1 …. (teacher in Canada)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. David Suzuki There are many great teachers in Canada. Are and have been. However, despite my love of Northrope Frye and having grown up on his intellectual bread – I have to voice without a doubt that the nod goes to David Suzuki. He’s […]

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The #1 … (“personal” resource in ELT)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Larry Ferlazzo Larry Ferlazzo does so much to help the wider English teacher community, I’m almost lost at how to begin….. With that in mind and with the thought that he is not as appreciated as he should be (and there are a few […]

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The #1 …. (EFL Prof. Development site)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. The British Council’s – Teaching English Last week I wrote about the #1 Professional Development site for ESL. This week, the focus is EFL. I’m a big fan of  the power of “Teaching Voices”, the development that comes when teachers share their own stories […]

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