Tagged: teacher_training

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Reflections on “Being A Teacher”

I’m sitting in one of these chairs, in “god’s country”, lakes and rocks and trees, trees, lakes, rocks, rocks, rocks, lakes, trees, trees, no people.  Divine. My last few days before beginning a return to the classroom. I’ve spent the evening, refreshed by the lapping...

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Going to Pieces

Most enthusiastic language teachers “Go To Pieces”, meaning they literally use material that is in pieces and compels students to practice and communicate. At its heart, “pieces” is a way of teaching that puts communication at the core of language teaching and learning. Think about...

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Teacher Surveys – what stands out for you?

Over the last year, we’ve done a number of surveys about teaching and learning English.  I’ve collected them in a handy presentation.    If you have the time, please comment on anything you find revealing/interesting.  Some had a large number of respondents, some just a...

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On the shoulders of regular Joe teachers

These few words today are in thanks to all those I’ve learned from. The thousands of teachers I’ve trained and spoken with, the thousands of teachers sharing online and who’ve I’ve “nudged mouses” with, the many teachers I’ve had the pleasure of joining in their...

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The #1 … (teacher training technique)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Loop Input Loop input is an intuitive and practical teaching technique that many trainers use. I’ve given my share of teacher training workshops/presentations and it is something I include in every one – almost...

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The #1 (tool all time for teaching)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. The Chalkboard Without a doubt, this “tool” was revolutionary and allowed public schooling to flourish. It did for teaching what the printing press did for journalism. Wow! Forget the computer, the projector, whiteboards, ipads...

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Manufactured Teachable Moments

Have you ever had a “teachable moment”?  Do you think we can actually make them happen or are they totally arbitrary, unpredictable by nature? First, let me explain by way of a story, what a teachable moment is. When I was first teaching, I taught...

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Faking it …..

Today, my “much better half” insisted that our dog Chico could understand Korean. She showed me how he could understand Korean and sit and stay, even give paw. I had a good chuckle. Not much different to many teachers who believe their students understand them...

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English teaching activites using a textbook

Andrew Finch will be speaking at this weekend’s KOTESOL conference in Seoul, Korea. He’s done wonders for promoting humanistic teaching and student centered (cooperative) learning. I’ve long advised teachers to purchase his book “Tell Me More” , full of great activities. Get a sample of...