Growth Mindset Lesson Plan

I live Professor Carol Dweck's Mindset Theory, and due to the positives it's had on my life (relationships, work, running to name a few) it's well worth passing on to fellow teachers and my students. If you've visited the blog before, you may have noticed that I have a Mindset section that's worth a look. I've [...]

Failing Forward – You Win or You Learn (Teacherpreneur Webinar)

Today (Saturday 28th October 2017) I had the opportunity to share the story of KEZ Camp, the business I started with two acquaintances (now friends) here in Latvia back in spring with the aim of running English summer camps for children and teenagers. This webinar was my small contribution to the Teacherpreneur group, which my [...]

Lip Sync Battles for Pron Practice

Fun vs enjoyable - what the dinstinction? Fun - it's a laugh. Enjoyable - it's educationally focused and a laugh (that idea via my DoS at International House Riga Ian Raby via a Diana England presentation at the 2017 IH AMT conference). So holding a lip sync battle in an English lesson might on the surface [...]

10 Things I Learned at ILC IH Brno, Czech Republic

What you learn before and after a conference can have just as much value as what you pick up in the talks and workshops. Luckily for me, the before, during and after of ILC IH Brno's 4 the Young Ones conference were all brimming with insights - Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, well beyond the [...]

Not just a pretty picture: getting physical with the phonemic chart

Since spending two weeks of summer in Cambridge at a course run by the great Adrian Underhill on all things pronunciation, I've been working hard to incorporate his phonemic chart into regular pronunciation practice with my learners. It's up on the wall in so many classrooms worldwide, but generally ignored. If you're one of the [...]