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BLOG CHALLENGE: Teaching is like…


    Yes… it’s true.  I’ve done quite a few over the last year and I’ll admit it… it’s because they’re just plain fun, and because I love the creative interactions that ensue within the ELT community. A PLN member had said recently that things seemed a bit slow in the blogosphere… end-of-the-year doldrums maybe… or are you just pretty darn busy like me?   So in an effort to shake things up, here goes my challenge: 1) Challenge one:  what is your “teaching is like____ ” metaphor? 2) Challenge two: what experience, activity, or lesson that is completely non-teaching related has (…)

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Embracing global challenges in our local profession


  Why do we do, what we do?   Very simple question, very difficult answer as it reaches back into our own personal histories, cultural histories and the events that have collided throughout to bring us to today.  And, everyday we make choices as teachers, parents, humans that take us down a new historical path…   How do you feel about your path today?  Settled, longing, confused, connected?   Most of us will agree that the 21st century is an exciting time to be alive, and also a confusing one as environmental, modern family issues and economic trials might ‘unsettle’ (…)

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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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What does it mean to be “polite”? #etymology


  What does this sign mean to you? Do you often add it to your tweets, sms, or quick messages to friends, family, acquaintances?  Why?  If you took it off would it change the message?     On a lazy, sunny, snowy afternoon in Paris I joined 55 others from around the world to listen to Chia Suan Chong share her thoughts and research on Politeness and Pragmatics in ELF. Chia did a marvelous job of interacting, polling, asking us questions and listening to feedback. It was a fine example of how webinars can be great for professional development and I (…)

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Not another rich teacher…


  Very funny… right?  But why is it funny? If I had said “rich doctor, rich lawyer or rich businessman”, we wouldn’t have batted an eye.     Why so?  Is our professional path not valuable, or worse, not valued? Of course, not… there’s more to the story, though…   I don’t know how it is for you, but I wholeheartedly ran from professions that would’ve made me rich, and I think many teachers can probably identify with this train of thought:  I didn’t want more of the pie than anyone else. I wanted truth, happiness and the feeling that (…)

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