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  • ‘Gamification’ is a term that has indeed been around for a few years now.  Yet, like many terms and buzzwords it seems to mean different things to different people. It often gets confused with one of my favourite educational terms: ‘game-based...
  • Those were the stark words that jumped out from an otherwise mundane BBC article about changes in format and time to the Radio 1 UK Chart Show.
  • If you are reading this post, then the blackout has finally ended. At the time of writing, three days have now passed since everything went offline – no internet, no mobile phone service, and only local calls from landlines. Right now, I am well and...
  • Just like that another year has passed and I find myself missing the deadline for festive posts not just by a day or two but having spilled over into a new month and a new year!So, it’s a good thing I planned to share a post of lesson ideas that fit...
  • 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...
  • There is an inevitable groan that follows this statement. Heads drop. Complaints are muttered. Pencils that were on the desk a few moments ago suddenly disappear or need sharpening. The lesson either hits a lull or gets off to a painfully slow start.
  • I started blogging in 2010 when I was introduced to the idea through the MA course I was studying at the time. Since then, it has become a major part of my personal professional development –indeed, I even based my MA dissertation on the topic of...
  • This is just a quick post to review the classroom management webinar I did for Teaching English yesterday. First of all, I would like to thank all of those who attended and gave their input during the session with some useful ideas and thought-...