What does it mean to be a teacher?

I am usually asked this question which is not easy to be answered. I believe that teaching is the job that grants me symmetrical harmony with the nature of my personality and my life. I feel that it is a catalyst that boosts an innate talent that makes me stand in the classroom like an orchestra conductor leading his orchestra in an innovative organization.
As an ESL/EFL teacher, the English vocabulary is not just words in textbooks, but celestial beads that can be assembled in lists with different themes with the purpose of developing a wide vocabulary for the students.

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October blog post - World Teacher's Day

This collective post for October pulls together insights and comments from our TeachingEnglish associates as a feature for World Teacher's Day on Sunday October 5th.

Why don't you join in using the comments below? What does being a teacher mean to you?

Every time you teach you have the opportunity to be the catalyst that helps someone to transform their life.
Rachael Roberts

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CPD Essential and Compulsory

CPD in my career has been a constant whether this be in teaching or in management. To me is essential to keep things new and fresh in the classroom and equally important, in my career path.
I have been teaching now since 1996 and have tried to develop throughout my teaching career in various ways. This has been quite formal in the form of recognised certificates. I first completed a CELTA in and then went on to a Trinity Diploma and then Masters in TESOL.
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Dave Dodgson: Filtered and distilled - the first lesson

Starting this academic year in a new teaching role at a new school gave me plenty of time to stop and consider that opening ‘get to know you’ lesson. Every since I first started teaching the idea has been more or less the same – I introduce myself and spend some time passing on information about myself and then I get my students to do the same in a similar manner. The manner of achieving this, of course, changed several times over the years and that is what I want to explore in this post.

First lesson, first mistake

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Dave Dodgson: Challenging challenges

Throughout my teaching career, I have always enjoyed a challenge – I think every ‘career teacher’ does! – and there have been many: the intensity of my Trinity Cert TESOL course, that first lesson, teaching beginners/advanced/kids for the first time, getting up to speed with technological possibilities for the classroom, doing an MA, presenting at a conference… the list goes on.

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Katherine Bilsborough - Building confidence through praise

As with most good teaching practice, using activities to promote a student's confidence is a simple matter of common sense. Confident students make the best language learners. By creating a classroom in which your students have the confidence to learn, to speak, to make mistakes and ask questions – you are providing them with an environment in which to flourish.

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George Chilton - New Business, New Country, New Challenge

If I were to describe my 2014 so far, in one word, it would be challenging. I’d even go as far as to say that it’s my most challenging year yet. I feel this blog post may be somewhat therapeutic for me.

Back in March of this year, I moved to Medellín, Colombia. My Colombian fiancée had found herself an interesting job, and we thought it would be nice to have a change of scene.

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Lizzie Pinard - First class advice

First classes. Continuing with the new academic year theme, we want to know what activities you've used or are planning to use in your first few classes. Getting to know your students and their abilities, needs and personalities is an important part of a new course. How are you going to make sure these first few classes are effective?

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Ceri Jones - Three things for a first class

For a few years now I've been experimenting with sharing lesson summaries with my classes and here I'd like to share a summary from a typical first class. This was an intermediate class of adult students at a private language school in Cádiz. I've changed the names, but nothing else!

Going into a first class, from a selfish, teacher-centred point of view, I have three main objectives (apart from gauging the level and confidence of the students).

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