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Reviewing the School Year: A Lesson


The last lesson of the school year is often a tricky one to manage.  Often, neither you or the students are in a particularly useful frame of mind - the energy and creativity is dwindling and it can be difficult... Continue Reading →

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Is it worse when bad students do well or when good students do badly?


. .   This is a question that occurred to me in a frenzy of test marking that took place last month...  I'm interested to know what people think! I'd appreciate your answer before you read on.... Having gone through... Continue Reading →

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices


Earlier this year, a piece from the Edutopia website was doing the rounds under the title "5 highly effective teaching practices".  I automatically question pieces like this as I doubt somewhat whether the purpose of the piece is actually to... Continue Reading →

A Systematic Pattern – material considerations online and off


In many respects, the regular occurrence of systematic features is what makes a course a course.  It is these features which tell us that we are moving from one section to another and thus that we have indeed "moved on".... Continue Reading →

#5TeachingChallenges


It is easy enough to get stuck in your classroom, and stuck in particular ways of thinking about your teaching and your learners and even of course - yourself!  Cambridge English have just launched what look like an interesting professional development... Continue Reading →

Dear Me – to my #youngerteacherself


Dear David, It's been almost fifteen years since you started teaching.  In fact I think at this point back in 2002 you were busy trying to complete the IH London CELTA pre-course task and trying to make sure you had... Continue Reading →

The Myth of the Good Student


Not so long ago I found out that two of my teenage students have been having a competition in my classes.  Apparently they've been trying to see who can say the word "genitais" the most in class - this means "genitals"... Continue Reading →

Secret Teacher Guest Post: Professionalism Problems


There are quite a few secret teachers out there in the world.  People who have spotted things that need changing in their environment but whose ideas or suggestions are brushed aside or dismissed out of hand.  This blog was contacted... Continue Reading →

Mentor Me! (or can I just get on with it?)


What do you want from a mentor?  As a mentor, what do you want from your mentees?  These two expectations don't always meet in the middle and it can be a cause of professional friction when that happens. I recently... Continue Reading →

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