So, on to part two of me talking about myself, thanks to Carol Goodey, Shelly Terrell, Divya Madhavan and Michael Stout. In this instalment, I’ll be answering questions she posed to the 11 bloggers she tagged, asking some of my […]
I’m sitting on my sofa surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of clutter while two rooms in my place are being stripped clean of the disgusting builder’s carpets and replaced by new flooring. I’ve taken a holiday from the university to “supervise” work being done, but as I’m useless to concentrate on more pressing work […]
The comment above from a dad about his daughter speaks volumes.
For two years, I have been holding on to this story from The New York Times in my vault of possible blog posts. For many language teachers including myself, it is a riveting glimpse into a language learning experience opposite in perspective to […]
Comprehension is often not what it appears to be. I think we’ve proven this (in a post here, for example). When students believe they are showing their comprehension, they often are just regurgitating words from the text. Equally troubling, this may include plagiarised segments […]
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 […]
I’m a fan of cards. When I get together with my family for the weekend in my hometown, I look forward to us getting together to play cards. In highschool, cards were a huge part of spares, lunch time and a way to kill the day to tunes at picnic tables in summer. […]
Last year, inspired by Adam Simpson’s 11 from 11 post, I wrote about posts from other blogs that I wish I had written. This year, I want to show a mixture that I’ve loved and gone back to over the last year. Each helped me reflect and learn more about myself and my teaching.
The ups and downs of our classrooms
For me, the perfect classroom has:
long, solid desks in a semi-circle facing the front, enough room for everyone to spread out their work capacity for about double the number of students in the class ample chalkboards (or whiteboards), preferably that shift to reveal more an electronic console […]