Student centred vs. teacher weakness. Hearing this presented as a conflict always leaves me with my head in my hands, as it smacks of a lack of teacher self-confidence at learners’ expense. As well as using intuition, observation and test scores, there is a very simple way to find out what students want from a course and how they feel about certain aspects: ASK THEM DIRECTLY. The customer … Continue reading Easter Resurrection/Learner Feedback → Learner Progress with Edurio (II)
I met Marina at the 6-week Delta Module 2 course in London back in summer 2015, and we’ve kept in regular contact since. Having been an active advocate of teacherpreneurship over the last few months, presenting two webinars in February and starting up a teacherpreneurs Facebook group, she gave a presentation about teacherpreneurship at the 2017 IATEFL Conference in Glasgow last Thursday (the link … Continue reading How to Become a Teacherpreneur – Q&A with Marina Kladova
Last September, a fortnight after moving to Riga to work at International House, I wrote New, New, New!, a post about how I’d settled in to the Latvian capital. So with Easter round the corner, and about a year to the day since I accepted the Senior Teacher job at IH Riga, it’s time to sit down and reflect on the same things I did … Continue reading New New New → Home Sweet Home
Excuse anything delirious. It’s 6.30am, I’ve slept for 3 hours, but like any conference worth its salt, IH Toruń’s International Teacher Training Day has pumped up my enthusiasm and I’m writing this on the train to Warsaw before flying back to Riga. There are a lot of new ideas buzzing around in my head like flies. I need to swat some onto paper (screen) before they fly … Continue reading 10 things I learned at IH Toruń, Poland.
This weekend I am in Poland for Teacher Training Day at IH Toruń. Below are the slides for my presentation about how to foster a growth mindset in the classroom through feedback. Using Feedback to Build Mindset from James Egerton Continue reading Using Feedback to Build Mindset
Today (18 March 2017) I presented a webinar during the Skyteach Conference for English language teachers titled Making Writing Real: How to make writing lessons more enjoyable for teachers and learners alike. Many of us have experienced the less-than-enthusiastic groans when we announce a writing lesson to our students. And many times it’s not just students that aren’t excited about it — how many times … Continue reading Making Writing Real webinar (video, slides and notes)
VERY brief post just to nod you towards the SkyTeach webinar next Saturday 18th March. Really getting into the world of webinars – great way to connect to fellow professionals around the world without even leaving your sofa! I’ll be presenting on ‘Making Writing Real’ at 15.35 Moscow time/12.35 GMT, and will be briefly discussing teacher and student attitudes to writing in EFL before giving … Continue reading Skyteach webinar SATURDAY 18th MARCH
I recently finished reading A. A. Gill’s Pour Me: A Life. It’s a frank and funny memoir on his fragmented memories of years of alcoholism, and insightful musings on his childhood and post-alcohol rise to becoming a writer, critic and Sunday Times journalist. Not only did I appreciate the carefully-selected words and the rhythm of the well-crafted sentences, but the book also made me consider many aspects of … Continue reading 6 Lessons from Pour Me: A Life.
The Queen is articulate when mingling at a garden party at Buckingham Palace, but probably wouldn’t be if chatting at a barber shop in Brooklyn. But isn’t she articulate anywhere? The Queen’s English has that name for a reason, right? Wrong. articulate adjective ɑːˈtɪkjʊlət/ having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently. e.g. “she was very articulate” synonyms: eloquent, fluent, communicative, effective, persuasive, lucid, vivid, expressive. Being articulate is … Continue reading Wot iz “articulate”?
“I want to improve my teaching practices”. Most teachers will say this, or why do we bother doing this job? To quote Jay-Z, ´loiterers should be arrested´. If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. Stagnation is a slow death. However, as with anything, there´s a wide schism between words/intentions and making them reality. Observations are commonly used to bridge this gap and help teachers … Continue reading Mindset: Making the Most of Observations