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What Are Sketchnotes?

Sketchnotes are one of those ideas that is spreading more in education circles. But what are sketchnotes? Are they just another buzzword or trend, or are they something that is worth using in the classroom? Well in this short explainer video, I go over what sketchnotes are…via a sketchnote. (I know, meta). What are sketchnotes […]

How I Organise My Lesson Plans and Resources

I’ve tried a few different things over time for organizing my lesson notes and materials. Pieces of paper, Word Documents, Google Docs, Apple notes, Evernote, physical files with different handouts, A work Dropbox account which we could all access, and more. Most of these were electronic systems but I also made good use of a […]

Hana challenge recap

Last month you may have noticed that I blogged a bit…well a lot really. Much more than previously. In fact, more in that month than the year so far. That’s because, thanks to Sandy Millin, I took part in the “Hana challenge” an informal challenge inspired by Hana Ticha who accidentally blogged 15 times in […]

What to Do About Students Who Are in the “Wrong” Level?

At the start of a semester we inevitably get some students who believe they are in the wrong level for themselves. Sometimes this is true and the wanted to move up, be in a lower group or couldn’t make any classes at their “correct level”. Sometimes they have been placed in the wrong class as […]

The Ideal Timetable (Does It Exists?)

I’m fairly convinced that the ideal timetable doesn’t exist. One of the aspects I initially loved about English Language Teaching in Private schools was the fact that I could wake up later and stay up late. That soon changed when I picked up an early morning Business class and found that I then had to […]

Make Sure You Teach Something in Your First Class

This is just a little tip but one which many teachers (including myself) often ignore to their peril. In your first class with a new group, you should provide some input of new language. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do any “get to know you games” or needs analysis, just that those type of […]

General reflections on IATEFL PL 2017

Saint Mark’s church tower in Bielsko-Biała

Yesterday I presented at, and then returned from, IATEFL Poland in Bielsko-Biała-Biała. I had a great time (dare I say better than the previous year) and felt really fired up for the new academic year that will soon be starting. I hope to share some specifics from certain sessions but today I want to give […]

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