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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 →

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An Overview of Learning Theories


This is possibly the most complete online resource I have ever come across on learning theories: I had to reduce the browser to 50% just to get the screenshot, but if you click the picture or the link below you... Continue Reading →

Brainstorming – Book Review


The process of brainstorming in the classroom is often a rather haphazard and stilted affair.  Learners are coming into a topic area they know little about and feel uncomfortable in, they might feel that they don't have the language to... Continue Reading →

Free Online #BESIG Workshop – Personalised Learning Programmes


It's my very great privilege to be running a free online workshop for the IATEFL BESIG next Sunday - 7th June. BESIG is the Business English Special Interest Group and they have been running their weekend workshop series since February... 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 →

Left Brain – Right Brain: This idea must die


The ever excellent Freakonomics podcast recently put out a podcast called "This Idea Must Die" in which they borrowed a concept from edge.org:  every year Edge.org asks a question and asks its contributors (high level thinkers, scientists, academics and nobel laureates)... Continue Reading →

More Educational Mythbusting


“We have had all kinds of rubbish thrown at us over the last 10 to 20 years,” he says. “We've been told that kids only learn properly in groups. We've had people claiming that children learn using brain gym, people... 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 →

Shoot me now… #ObservationCalamities


It was just one of those lessons.  Sometimes you can judge within about three minutes how an observed lesson is going to go – it’s about how present the teacher is, how at home they are with the class, the... Continue Reading →

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