Hi. Over the last few years, a certain change has been occurring in my belief system, not so much a complete overhaul, but more of an awakening of my ownership of attitudes and actions regarding social issues, and resulting urge to further explore how they impact my pedagogical choices. I’m cross-posting this first post from […]
Who are you? Tyson Seburn. Scorpio? Tiger? Philosophy major? I used to think so. TESL Toronto President? Conference organiser? Writer? Grad student? I was once. Canadian? Author? EAP instructor? TDSIG peep? Yes, this guy exists.
What is your teaching philosophy? Ugggh. That one’s the worst.
I’ve questioned my identity a lot, […]
For many of us, the academic year has come or is coming to a close and with that the busyness of wrapping up meetings, grading, and making difficult decisions. Yet amidst this organised chaos, uniting a course’s team of teachers for professional development and curriculum debrief best happens here while the year is fresh in our minds. […]
For me, the end of a calendar year and the beginning of the next comes a distant second to the beginning and ends of academic years in opportunity for reflection and goal-setting. I may be in the minority that way, but a different type of reflection organically comes then: one of classroom-based pedagogy. Having said […]
Nearly three years have passed since I wrote about academic reading circles here, the last being in September 2012 on the Visualiser role. I didn’t realise then that five posts on ARC would collectively build an online audience of nearly 5000 views. Looking back at the first ARC post ever, I had little intention of this activity […]
At the end of the year, I like to look back on a year’s worth of blog posts, both my own and those that caught my eye by others in our community. It gives me a broad-picture perspective on the breadth of sharing, insight and dialogue that has occurred throughout the year. I’d […]
In the previous post, Z is the first letter of their alphabet, three English-speaking children talked about their experiences of being students for 4 years in a Russian school in Moscow. Initially, none spoke any Russian nor new much about the culture beyond
The Canadian university academic year–September to April–has come to a close. At this time 2 years ago, this closing inspired a reflection on myself as a teacher and colleague with regards to how I changed, how I stayed the same, and how I could improve. This time, my reflection simply includes my take-aways from […]
What are the skills our students practice in our classes if not transferable? By definition, transferable should include anything from our classroom to something in our students’ lives. From the most survival-skill role-play to the abstract lost-in-a-jungle-with-only-three-items activities, we design them so students […]
Mike Griffin’s simple, quirky collection of random educational moments that occurred in a day has morphed into a blog challenge, one which a few have undertaken. I contemplated participating once I had a number of inspirational bits to add, but the reality is that it’s nearing the end of the academic […]