Monthly Archives: September 2014

Young Learners’ vocabulary revision idea

When we have finished a chapter the pupils make a boardgame using the vocabulary they have learnt, then we play it! Advertisements

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My Top 10 Teaching books

I came across this blog post while messing about on twitter the other day, as I have a secret passion for reading books about teaching (how sad is that for a hobby?!) it was really interesting to see what other people’s recommendations … Continue reading

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Dyslexia in the EFL classroom – some reading material

It’s hard to know where to start so here are some of the books I’ve found useful, in order of “importance”, if you can only read a couple, start at the top: Reid, G. & Green, S. 2011 100+ ideas … Continue reading

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Top tips to help dyslexic students

Obviously every pupil  is different so these ideas will work with some but not necessarily all, the best thing to do is try them out and see what works, once you get to know your student it’s easier to know … Continue reading

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How to spot dyslexia in the secondary EFL classroom

Thankfully nowadays the vast majority of primary teachers know what to look out for and children are usually assessed before arriving at secondary school. Without going into all the elements that make up a dyslexia assessment here are a few … Continue reading

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Some dyslexia myths debunked

Dyslexia doesn’t exist: Also known as “Dyslexia is a load of rubbish; invented so middle class parents have an excuse when their kids fail their exams.” Thankfully few people actually believe this now, although I do unfortunately know some, even … Continue reading

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Reflective Teaching Challenge day 7 – What I learnt from an inspirational colleague

When I became a replacement teacher in a relatively challenging secondary school it was my first experience teaching teens.  I was almost eaten alive, discipline was a nightmare.  I think I was saved by the fact that the kids realised … Continue reading

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Reflective Teaching Challenge day 5 – What does a good mentor do?

A difficult question because sadly I’ve never really had a mentor, once I’d done my CELTA I started work for someone who was willing to give me a lot of independence, and didn’t have the time to do much mentoring. … Continue reading

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Reflective Teaching Challenge day 4 – What do you love most about teaching?

Wow, great question, I could ramble on about this for hours, and frequently do, although I’m trying to curb this habit as even my colleagues find me boring! So, I’ll be brief… What I love most about my job is … Continue reading

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Reflective Teaching Challenge day 3 – An “observation” to improve for your teacher evaluation.

Mmm, an interesting one that, a few things come to mind but I’ll go with this comment a colleague made when she observed my classes last term- During the Teacher-Student phase of the lesson I tend to pick the same … Continue reading

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