Shadowing a Teacher, by Alexandrs Lapinski

The following is an account by an 18-year-old student at my former school, International House Riga-Satva in Latvia. Very interesting read, and plenty of food for thought. Thank you, Alexandrs, for your time and effort! I hope your 'flirting' with the idea of teaching leads to a lasting relationship 🙂 Shadowing a teacher for a [...]

Making Writing Real with Jim Egerton (another one!)

I turned the page and my heart dropped into the pit of my stomach. 'Formal writing' for my Advanced group of 17-18 year olds. Oh please. Not again...Too often so painfully contrived and disconnected from reality. Then I remembered that it's not so bad - as long as the writing is authentic and has a [...]

Anti-Social Media? Alister’s class guest blog

Facebook is one of the most prevalent channels for communication, with over 2 billion active monthly users at the moment. After completing the unit of work on Communication: Let's Talk my IH Riga-Satva colleague Alister's 10 to 12-year-old B1 students gave their pennies worth, writing points for and against social media being the best way to communicate. So making the most of the blog again as [...]

Ukrainian friends e-mail exchange

Learning respect, cultural awareness and real-life skills is important, as is maintaining the mental stability of the one teaching. Setting up an e-mail exchange can do it all. Here's WHY followed by the HOW and WHAT I've set up with my friend Olya Pushchak, YL Coordinator at IH Lviv, Ukraine. WHY? Cognitive dissonance is a [...]

Exam Prep Meets Reality: Dear Mayor BernabĂ©u…

During my "Making Writing Real" webinar presentation at the SkyEng online conference in March, I discussed five ideas to make writing in lessons a more motivating activity by writing for an external audience (not just the teacher!) and doing useful, everyday tasks. I received several comments in the live chat box that this philosophy is all [...]

Horsham School Search

Practising what I preached at the Skyteach webinar conference a fortnight ago about making writing real... A few weeks ago I took over a class of low-int 10-11 year olds who are pretty errrm...energetic and fidgety (90 minutes last a while!) On our voyage through Islands 5, the topic of school came around, and using the [...]