How much effect do the teachers have on language learning in your country? I have always said that teachers have a huge effect on pupils’ motivation for a subject. Without diving into the research here (though it’s hard not to mention Simon Borg, Zoltan Dornyei, Ema Ushioda and Martin Lamb when using terms such as… Read More Is “The Force” with you?
Goodness where to start? I was tagged by Tyson Seburn which is actually very sad. Sad? Well, if you think about it, it’s pretty cool to get ‘tagged’ by someone in Canada, but sad that this bloke who I find very interesting, amusing and innovative is so far away and I’ve never met him. Anyway,… Read More Carol Goodey’s Blog Challenge
So that was it then, was it? The school year has slid down the slope to the summer (at least that’s what we call it though you’d hardly know it was summer!) and it’s time to take stock of the past year and set the scene for the new. I am exhausted – two jobs… Read More Th th th th that’s all folks
Yeah yeah, yet another teacher jumping on the bandwagon. Well, not quite. Perhaps I should explain myself better: The Flipped Classroom is a bit of a buzzword at the moment (though Bergmann and Sams seem to prefer the term “Mastery Learning” – and I have to agree with them on that!). I’m not going to… Read More My flipping class!
#eltchat Wednesday March 20th 2013 http://eltchat.pbworks.com/w/page/64698392/Research%20in%20Class%20-%20Doing%20it%20and%20Using%20it%20to%20Improve%20your%20Teaching Unfortunately I only made it to the second half of the chat on Wednesday evening so the first half will be purely an interpretation of what I read in the transcript. The second half will no doubt have some more opinionated text as I myself got involved in the… Read More Research in class – doing and using it to improve your teaching
Many years ago I read the “Pensées” from Pascal. I know many of my peers didn’t actually read it cover to cover (as we were instructed to do by our professor) but I did. Much of what he wrote hit a nerve and still today I occasionally find myself in ‘cynical’ mode and thinking back… Read More Spleen!
A student of mine (Post MA, now doing MEd for secondary EFL in the Netherlands) recently asked if we weren’t so busy “innovating” in education that we forgot the pupils. There are pupils who simply like to sit back and listen and be told what to do without always having to discuss it with a… Read More Are we over-innovating?