You Win or You Learn: Pre-Quarantine Regrets (2x Lessons)

You Win or You Learn It's a fundamental pillar of a Growth Mindset that mistakes are best used as lessons for the future, rather than proof of innate shortcomings or a stick to beat yourself with (more student and teacher ideas on Mindset Theory see the Mindset section). 'You win or you learn' is a [...]

Marks and Mindset

Conditioning learners to pass an exam isn't my favourite part of my job. Training seals to jump through hoops isn't teaching. I tell my exam students this: "this is a game, there are rules and you'll have to dance to this tune to get a certificate. OK?" I try to hide my bitterness. If I [...]

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 [...]

Implementing Mindset Theory in the Classroom and the Staff Room Notes (slide number in brackets) from IH Online Conference webinar, 19th May 2017. WHAT? (3) Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck. Result of decades of research on achievement and success. (4) Summary of the key characteristics of growth and fixed mindset. I will refer back to [...]

10 things I Learned at IH Toruń, Poland.

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 [...]

12 things learning Russian has taught me about learning English

“You must get bored! What do you think about when you’re swimming lengths?” people sometimes ask. Well no I don't get bored, and this post is an example, as it’s the fruit of musings during this morning’s swim. Obviously, you don’t have to be a language learner to be a good English teacher. Although I [...]