Mentor Story

Nina MK, Ph.D.

Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

Larry Ferlazzo: What Does Enhanced Discovery Learning Look Like In The ELL Classroom?

Average: 3.9 (11 votes)

What does it mean to be a teacher?

Paulo Freire once said : ‘“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” (Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

Average: 4.7 (26 votes)

Teaching – the hardest and most rewarding work available

Although I trained to become a teacher at university when I was younger, I didn't go into the profession straight away. I wasn't sure that teaching was right for me.

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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.

Average: 4.4 (5 votes)


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