A Better 2018: SMART Goal Setting

https://www.slideshare.net/JamesEgerton/a-better-2018-smart-goal-setting-85606402   I love presenting at teacher training conferences, but my ultimate objective beyond instant gratification is always that the teachers pass on the ideas to their English learners. There aren't many completely new ideas, after all, and almost all of what I present is itself passed on from what my students have told me, [...]

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Real Wrong Grammar

Who is wrong? Those who stay locked up in the ivory tower of textbook grammar and don't expose their learners to other variations they're likely to encounter. Here's why, and 10 different examples of real wrong grammar from popular culture. "Why oh why? Two alternative realities - it sounds like The Matrix! It will only [...]

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 [...]

Exam Prep Meets Reality: Dear Mayor Bernabéu…

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 [...]