Category Archives: Blethering

Learning is connecting

Photo via Foter.com Eureka! Ever since I started teaching I’d been secretly hoping to find the holy grail – the answer to the most important question ever, and no, not 42! I always felt that if I could discover what … Continue reading

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“The less you do, the less mistakes you can make” – In Praise of Mistakes & Errors: more thoughts from #IATEFL2017

This is just a short post rant to share with you something Andrew Wright said during his workshop at the IP & SEN SIG Pre-conference day at IATEFL 2017 in Glasgow. Andrew talked about a boy who having only written a … Continue reading

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Powerful (and fun) learning

  End of term exams and revision are upon us again and it’s a challenge to find new, interesting ways to  help the students revise. This time I gave each student a particular grammar point or topic to prepare in … Continue reading

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What I learnt from reading Marie Delaney’s “Special Educational Needs”

An unexpected day off work was recently the perfect opportunity to make a dint in my reading pile and so I polished off Marie Delaney’s Special Educational Needs. A great, well –organised book for any teacher who has students with … Continue reading

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What I’ve learnt from my teachers

The wonderful @stephanootis has recently posted on “Would I like to be taught by me?” – a very interesting question. She goes on to mention what she’s learnt from her Pilates teacher, so here’s what I’ve learnt from teachers who … Continue reading

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Books to get your teaching mojo back

Don’t be put off by the picture, that’s just to grab your attention. Actually most of the books I would recommend for a bit of holiday reading are on my kindle of course. I say of course because recently I … Continue reading

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A reflection on the first month back

So, we’ve been back to school for a month now, and I finally have time to sit down and think about it. Here, in no particular order are a ramble of those thoughts. OMG It’s so hard and tiring!! I … Continue reading

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Stop sexism in ELT coursebooks!

Look at the picture below and write the profession for each person: How do you know the profession of the person in the bottom left box? – Because she’s a woman of course. All the others are men, we couldn’t … Continue reading

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Collaborative Revision

Sometimes before a test there’s nothing to do but get through a pile of practice exercises. This is never particularly motivating, and that’s even more the case when it is grammar, especially the present perfect. However… …there’s something quite powerful … Continue reading

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Some Ideas on differentiating homework

It’s hard enough to get homework right at the best of times. It’s the end of the lesson, school policies (and parents!) call out for it, kids loathe it and you end up wasting half your next lesson working out … Continue reading

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