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Teacher training and Development

Thinking about Discipline – Part 3

<![CDATA[ Some Classic Mistakes In my first two posts in this series on Discipline, I mentioned some of the causes of undisciplined behaviour and a few proactive steps which I believe will help in creating a classroom atmosphere which promotes disciplined behaviour. In this post, the third post in this series on discipline, I would like to mention a…
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Thinking about Discipline – Part 2

In the first blog post of this series on discipline, I  looked at some of the causes of unruly behaviour in the classroom and got started on the path of what teachers can do proactively! I think that one of the best quotes I always remember, is one by my colleague Olga Gounis, an ex-TEFL…
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Thinking about Discipline – Part 1

   Having discipline problems? Which of these learners are your learners? Made with wordle.net – the words in the word cloud have been taken from http://www.disciplinehelp.com/ But why do students behave “badly”? There will be many different expressions of undisciplined behaviours; teachers of adults will find they have different problems to teachers of very young learners…
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How to make things fall apart – A behaviour model for creating incompetence

<![CDATA[This post was originally written in 2009 on this blog which was very very new and had very few readers. I have updated it with two videos of a Pecha Kucha which was inspired by it and you will find them at the end of the post. Both post & original talk and PK’s are…
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Watching Young Learners at Work: From Practice to Principle

<![CDATA[This post is based on three activities on video with a young class in their first year of English videotaped as part of a training project for a course on teaching young learners.  Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Compfight cc Some information about the young class At the point of  being video-taped, this class of Greek…
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Braving it in the Virtual World: Being an Online Teacher

<![CDATA[This is a quick post to publish the links and some of the videos shown to the members of TESOL Greece who attended my talk on March 15. With apologies to readers who were not present at this talk (if this doesn’t make sense to them) In the first part of my talk we looked…
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What kind of teacher are you? Are you in your students' "Hall of Fame"?

<![CDATA[The interest in the qualities of good teachers is not new. This post includes some thoughts on a study I conducted a few years ago with two groups of different learners (50 adults and 60 young learners between 11-13).  The adults who took part in this interim study were contacted by me directly. The young…
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Playing Games or Being Serious?

<![CDATA[Most learners enjoy playing games; most teachers use games convinced of their value for language learning.  This short, post aims to give you ideas for games which deal with subject matter which  is usually considered ‘ heavy’ or ‘ very serious’ and not usually dealt with in such a light-hearted way! The games below are…
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Visual Delights & Spike Milligan

<![CDATA[I am a big time fan of Spike Milligan, who has nothing whatsoever to do with foreign language teaching or foreign language teacher education but who has given me hours of great delight and, at times, inspiration for materials or activity design. In 1985, he brought out a book called “Further Transports of Delight” with…
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Storming out or Norming in?

I first became interested in social group theory quite a few years ago, mainly due to a great colleague and friend, Angi Malderez who I met during the 2nd International Conference ever offered in Istabul in 1992 (or 3?). At that time, that most excellent book, “Classroom Dynamics” (OUP ) and bearing a dedication to…
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