Category Archives: reflecting on teaching

Back to the drawing board

This is a very simple lesson outline that worked well for me.  It grew out of a lesson plan prepared by a colleague for the team of teachers teaching supplementary skills classes in a local state school.  For me it … Continue reading

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Echoes of Paris

Last weekend I was in Paris for the annual TESOL France conference.  It was a fantastic experience, such a great atmosphere, an impressive line-up of talks and so many people to meet.  Back home again and in class, there have … Continue reading

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A tale of two lessons

(of circles and squares) Last Thursday I taught two lessons, back-to-back, with two classes from the same school, with students from the same year, following the same syllabus and studying for the same exam. Not surprisingly, I guess, I used … Continue reading

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Lessons in Welsh revisited

My blog was one year old yesterday and in the spirit of anniversaries I went back and re-read my first post  only to find that I’ve come round in a full circle.  No surprise really, it’s that time of year. … Continue reading

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Loose ends

end of course feedback A few weeks back I finished off a six month course at a local high school. It was the first time the course had been run at the school, and it was the first time I’d … Continue reading

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The dog ate it

This is a short post about a very simple afterthought that caught my class’s imagination.   Last week I was running a workshop with some teachers at a school in Seville (a big thank you to Els and Enda for … Continue reading

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Every lesson tells a story part two

This post was first published as the second part of a longer post about using narrative in teaching and learning. Part one talked about encouraging students to “tell the story” of their lessons. This part talks about how I experimented … Continue reading

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Cuisenaire rods

A few weeks ago, I got involved in a twitter conversation with Sandy Millin about cuisenaire rods and how and why we use them in class. We  both thought it’d be worth exploring beyond the 140 character limit of our … Continue reading

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W is for … words

This is a description of a class I taught a couple of weeks ago where the students took a really simple little idea and really ran with it. It started with this lesson plan, a very old favourite of mine … Continue reading

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