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
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
Today I taught a lesson I had in no way prepared for. At all. The ultimate ‘making it up as I go along’ lesson. It wasn’t amazing, but the outcome was excellent, and here’s why… I took over this beginner adult class halfway through the year. I already had a class of beginner children and,… Continue reading The most valuable resource
"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
This is a student generated puzzle that gives students the opportunity to revise the content twice. I had my students working in pairs, but threes might also be possible. For each pair (or three) you need: 2 grids and a blank piece of paper. You'll see from the photos how I photocopied them to make… Continue reading Revise: in/on/last/ago
"To assume makes an ass out of you and me." I don't know who said this, but today we had a classroom full of long eared equines. Metalanguage (the words we use to talk about language; verb, adjective, present perfect, passive voice etc.) is a recurring topic of conversation in our staff room. We are… Continue reading ass+u+me
Yes, it's almost February, but Poland's still got the decorations up so I'm not going to apologise for this... The challenge, set by a senior member of staff: "Set your students Christmas homework that requires them to use a little bit of English everyday." The students in question are adults, level A1 (that's about as… Continue reading Christmas homework!