Katherine Bilsborough: Using sketchbooks in the English classroom

But a couple of things are pretty constant. The first – spending most of my waking hours in front of a computer screen under the auspices of ‘Working: Do not disturb’ and the second – spending much of this time actively seeking distractions to take me away from the task at hand. Occasionally these distractions lead me to new discoveries and sometimes I’m able to link one of these discoveries to my profession, enabling me to justify the meandering.

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Lizzie Pinard - no prep activities

These are the kind of activities you have up your sleeve because you’ve been dropped in it from a great height at the last minute when a colleague is off sick, or because your planned activities took far less time than planned. So what do you do?

One fail-safe option to go with is pronunciation, as the learners themselves and a phonemic chart is all you need. If you have a few sets of Cuisenaire rods kicking around, so much the better! This post outlines a handful of activities you can do without preparation.

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July 2015 blog topics

Many thanks to everyone for the blog posts in June, which made very interesting reading. 

This month, many of us are on a long break for the summer, so our first topic looks at how we as teachers can use this time to reflect on our teaching or for developmental activities. We also have topics on no or low prep activities, learners with Special Educational Needs, and parental expectations - so we hope you'll find something interesting to write and read about. 

Happy blogging!


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Four blog posts and a book: no-prep activities

Here are four of my favourite no-prep activities and links from other people’s blogs, plus a book full of great ideas for you to be inspired by.

Post 1: Laura Patsko’s last-minute lesson

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Katherine Bilsborough - no-prep activities

In one kind, the teacher knew in advance that he would be away and will have prepared a lesson plan, complete with materials and maybe a few notes about the class itself; students to keep an eye on, students with special needs … The other kind happens when the teacher’s absence is unplanned and there hasn’t been time to make any such preparations. Some schools and Language Centres have ‘ready-to-go’ lessons available for these occasions; useful of course but not always ideal and hardly ever remarkable.

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