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My fantastic five minute activities

These  activities can be done at the beginning or the end of the class. They can be used to pep up sagging interest. Any topic can be introduced and revised, any concept revisited and strengthened. They can be done as individual, pair or group work.  They are sure short energisers as I have experienced with my students.

I have posts on these 5 Minute Activities in my blog Akila's English Class, which I started during last year’s pandemic.

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Planning an Online Lesson

I have been writing e-lessons for English-to-Go and many other virtual and paper publications since the 1990’s. The past year has shown me as a teacher trainer/instructor/author that today’s online teaching and learning are vastly different from everything I knew previously. I summarized the questions and requests from my colleagues to the best of my abilities, added my own recent experiences with webinars and conferences both as participant and coordinator. Here they come.

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The brave new world of teachers in 2020

We have found out that Work from home is not as easy as it appears to be. It means no set time for profession or domestic duties. In such a situation teachers are working harder than ever.

Teachers are creatures of habit and are adventurous as well. These two qualities have made teachers the unsung heroes of 2020. We have taken to remote teaching along with its many new and unique challenges. We had to adapt to the new and unprecedented situation with no prior planning and mental adjustment.

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Teacher Wellbeing

There can be no denying that the year 2020 has been a totally unprecedented one for the world over. We have all made changes and sacrifices in our daily lives. Coping with changing in both our working and private lives is extremely challenging. Just google "managing change" and see how many entries there are. I am very comfortable with my own teaching style which is authentic and vulnerable at the same time. I always try to tap into students’ likes and needs and adapt lessons and approaches to meet those likes and needs.

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Teacher Training and Support

This year is indeed unprecedented; probably for the first time in history the whole world is facing the same challenges. For all teachers, it brought about a sudden swing from face-to-face in-class process to online teaching. Sure we can all use various platforms like Zoom, Skype, Face Time et cetera. But using them with our classes, for the duration of our over-loaded working day, presented new challenges practically overnight. Nobody warned us about the change, there were no transition time, let alone teacher training courses.

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Professional Development Now

Professional development now

Professional development enables us to hone our skills and develop our knowledge. It encourages us to think critically about our practice and to learn about other ways to teach, as well as giving us a moment of pause to assess what we do, why and how. 

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EL Teaching during the Pandemic

This is probably the first time in known history that the whole planet finds itself under the same conditions, with every day bringing in unpredictable changes. None of us know which restrictions may descend on our heads tomorrow, what dire news we may hear, when and how this unnatural situation may end. We all miss the usual order of things; lots of us are cut off indefinitely from our nearest and dearest. Many adults lose their jobs. Families suffer. Children of all ages wander around confused.

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Assessing Your Learners

Life in a small town has its own peculiarities. Add to that the fact that I have been working as a teacher at all levels for twenty five years, also as teacher trainer and consultant, and it becomes clear that all this gives me ample opportunities for hearing people’s opinions on many subjects without the need to even ask a question. Understandably education is one of the two most often mentioned topics at hand, the other being scientific research since I live in an academic research community.

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