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Teacher development - A Letter to Younger Me

Dear Elena, I know how worried you are this August because you are a university graduate now and in just a few days you will set off on...

7 things about reflecting on conference presentations

Spring to me doesn't mean flowers in bloom, it means conferencing.

Chuck Sandy - When the student is ready

“When the student is ready the teacher will appear,” goes the faked quote wrongly attributed to Buddha.

Chia Suan Chong - Our very own John Keating

Mr Gregory came to us at the right time.

The ten signs of an influential teacher - Larissa Albano

When I started writing this post I was thinking about the English language teachers who have influenced my life both professionally and...

An Influential Teacher

Every so often, running along the streets of my town, I hear that unmistakable beautiful voice, that inimitable intonation.

How does blogging help you to be a better teacher? - Graham Stanley

Perhaps the quality above all others that makes a good teacher is the ability to reflect on what, how and why you do what you do in the...

What’s a PLN, why build one and how?: Part 1

The word PLN seems to have become very popular recently, so I thought we could have a look at what it is and how it works.

Teachers as learners, Part 4: Conferences, seminars & workshops

One great way to keep up to date with what's happening in ELT or get new ideas for you classes has always been the conference.

Theory and practice in language teacher education - part 3

In this post I'll briefly revise three models of teaching.

10 Tasks for Training Teachers to Use Web 2.0 Tools

Over the last few weeks I have been busy delivering training presentations and workshops to help teachers use various free web based...

  • I also remember how you cried when your mum insisted on your becoming a teacher and you wanted to major in interior design. Well, if it makes you feel better, I'll tell you a secret: you will love your job! There are a few more things you should...
  • Spring to me doesn’t mean flowers in bloom, it means conferencing. I’ve been thinking about whether I could generalise the way I watch conference presentations to then come up with a list of things I think are good to keep in mind, which can maybe...
  • Although I’d just accepted that the line was straight from the mouth of the Buddha himself, my teacher, the poet Cid Corman, taught me the truth, and did it with little more than a wave of his hand, a gentle laugh, an ear-to-ear grin, and another...
  • I was 14 and studying at Raffles Girls Secondary School in Singapore. Our English Literature teacher had gone on maternity leave, and Mr Gregory had come to take her place for three months.It was also around this time that the film 'Dead Poets...
  • I wrote down a couple of names but then I realized my teaching persona has been shaped by teachers of other subjects as well. No matter what they teach, their role is crucial because teachers lead students through the arduous journey of learning....
  • If reflection is indeed the key to successful learning for teachers, then blogging is one of the most valuable tools available to us.Ten years of blogging
  • What's a PLN? Firstly, PLN stands for personal (or professional) learning network. That’s fine but what is a personal learning network and why would we need one? Well a PLN is a group of people, any people, that can help you to develop and learn. I...
  • They provide us with the opportunity to meet other teachers face to face and benefit from the knowledge of teacher trainers, authors and experienced teachers. Sometimes, this happens through large events that last an entire weekend and sometimes, it...
  • Models of teaching Wallace (1991) explains that professional expertise in language teacher education can be reached through three models  The craft model
  • Over the last few weeks I have been busy delivering training presentations and workshops to help teachers use various free web based tools in their teaching. As part of this training I have developed a number of tasks that teachers can do during the...