Food for Thought: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” – Fran Lebowitz And read, think and speak before you teach. Encouraging your students to read is hypocritical if you don't make time for it yourself. Not having new ideas, experiences and perspectives is a sin if your job is to motivate and share knowledge with a [...]

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Teaching is…Gracie Barra

The following was written by my Gracie Barra Roma Termini jiu jitsu teammate Ana Požeg in our WhatsApp group chat following an outstanding training seminar with the great Victor Estima. Originally in Italian (at the bottom of the page), Ana was kind enough to translate it into English. Thank you. Oss. Teaching is one of [...]

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 [...]

Love, Learning and the Dark Side of the Subjunctive. Budapest 2018.

I'll echo my words at the start of last year's IH Budapest Conference summary, because they still ring true: With a mind open to learning as much as possible during a conference weekend trip (before, during and after!), the hours of the conference itself are just one opportunity. Lessons are learned on life, another country, others, [...]

22 Lessons from Blindness (Part II)

Continued from 22 Lessons from Blindness (Part I)... 13) Just as the sceptre does not make the king, the certificate doesn't make the communicator: 'Just as the habit does not make the monk, the sceptre does not make the king.' 14) Teach situations, not just detached language (TBL): 'Hell, I'll never get out of here, [...]