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30 Sep 2015

I’d like to share three activities I did this summer with groups of NNEST (Non-native English Speaker Teachers) teacher trainees.

28 Sep 2015

Teachers often get asked how is it that they decided to be teachers, and I am no exception.

24 Sep 2015

My journey towards becoming a classroom teacher began when I spent nineteen years as a community organizer working in low-and-moderate...

16 Sep 2015

This blog post is about why it’s important to think of the interaction patterns of our learners and suggests six stress-free ways of...

15 Sep 2015

As World Teaching Day comes round again, I thought I would share a few random thoughts about teaching and how it has influenced my life...

  • The first activity – which fans out into five activities - ended with so much laughter I couldn’t speak for tears. The second I had originally intended as a speaking ‘warmer’, but ended up as the basis for the whole lesson as it ran for over half...
  • My journey in the teaching career began when I was 18 years old and developed in two different areas at the same time over the years. I had just finished secondary school and I decided that I would study to become a PE teacher, which I did. But I...
  • During that period I spent most of my time working for a national organization called the Industrial Areas Foundation, founded by legendary organizer Saul Alinsky in the late 1930's. Local groups of religious congregations, labor unions and...
  • Variety: the spice of lifeFor me, the best lessons have a variety of interaction patterns. Learners might start off the lesson doing a mingling activity as a warmer. This would involve the whole class. Then they might spend time doing individual...
  • Becoming a teacherI think I’ve always been a natural teacher. When I was at primary school, if the teacher was busy my classmates would ask me for help. I’d forgotten this until I met up with my primary school teacher again a few years ago and she...