Tag Archives: Etymology

The Value of Knowledge Today is on the Decline


    Yesterday, I was inspired by a great post by Chris Wilson on How to Survive the Teacher Apocalypse.  I thought about it all afternoon especially as it touched upon thoughts I had had on the cost of knowledge.  The interesting turn for me came when I started reflecting more on the Value of Knowledge because realistically the costs of knowledge have and will continue to drop rapidly (despite the efforts of gatekeepers) due to digitalization and other market factors, but something is rising in counter weight…   BEFORE I go further, a quick historical interlude…   2000 years ago, access (…)

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How English learners can learn to READ their testing FUTURE


  Have you ever played with that Mattel fortune-telling ball called the 8-ball®?   Ya know— Ask a question, any question…. then shake it… and then magically it will randomly give you 1 of 20 answers that will amuse most children or even teens all day long. EX:  ”Will I be teaching Oral English again this semester?”… shake, shake… “Outlook good!” Ever thought of bringing it into the classroom?  I did and I promise you that any activity working with questions will immediately become more entertaining  (oh and if you can’t find a real 8-ball… there’s an app for that!… (…)

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What can you see in these clouds? And what do you see in your students?


  Take 20 seconds and just look… What do you see in these clouds ?     How often do we do the same in the classroom? Both, to really look, but also to “read into” what we see? Do you see your students for who they are today… or are you perceiving them more through the memory of who they were the last class, or on the last exam? Do you have favorites?  Which ones and why? When tossing out a question in class, I’ve noticed that I can fall into a pattern of leaning on certain students when no (…)

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Who are you… dear reader?


  Ever wonder who reads your blog? I do, and I’d love to know more!!! Obviously I know who comments, but for each person that comments there are probably 10 who stop by and don’t leave one.  Now… I don’t know about you but I’m really curious to know who actually reads what I blog. So, here we go, feel free to share a bit more about who you are!  4 questions is all I’m asking and in return, I give you the photo below for a Friday giggle… Fair trade?   Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the (…)

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My 100th blog post, and a big merci to YOU!!!


  As this is my 100th blog post, I can’t think of anyway better of celebrating it than by THANKING YOU !!! In the past year we’ve gone on quite a few journées; I just checked and we’ve totalled up 2039 comments while dancing all over etymology, teaching English, supreme language geekness, Edulang’s efforts, and a fair amount of fun in between.  I’ve discovered so much about teaching from our online ELT community, just as I feel I’ve learned so much about myself AND again…   I HAVE YOU TO THANK FOR THAT, DEAR READER!!! wherever you are   I (…)

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