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A lesson planning checklist

This isn't perfect. But it's a start. Alongside my DOS, Sandy Millin, I just presented a lesson planning Q&A as part of the IATEFL online web conference. We'll follow up with a joint blog post soon! There were lots of questions about what to include in a lesson plan and some people were surprised at… Continue reading A lesson planning checklist

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Video: (Not) Grading your language in an elementary classroom

One of the cool things about the school I work at is the amount of professional development we are supported to undertake. We're encouraged to try out new things, reflect on our teaching and we have a timetabled hour every week to focus on a topic we are interested in, research and discuss it. Aside… Continue reading Video: (Not) Grading your language in an elementary classroom

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A teenager’s language exposure outside the classroom

"Get the fuck out." Teenagers are like the weather. They're as unpredictable as life, then they calm down and lull you into a false sense of security. So you stop preparing for every eventuality and BAM! First day of spring, it's snowing and you don't have your gloves. Or you turn your back for 4… Continue reading A teenager’s language exposure outside the classroom