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Collaborative Revision

Sometimes before a test there’s nothing to do but get through a pile of practice exercises. This is never particularly motivating, and that’s even more the case when it is grammar, especially the present perfect. However… …there’s something quite powerful … Continue reading

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Reflective Practice for Busy Teachers

I’m currently doing an International House online course in teacher training, however now is not the time to rave about it (or mention how I’m also interested in doing a couple more of their courses when I’ve finished this one). … Continue reading

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The mysterious case of the missing notebook

I don’t know about you, but I work best with notepads. I know that my phone has (and now  I deeply regret not using) all the necessary storage facilities for notes, resources to come back to etc. but, apart from … Continue reading

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What have you learnt so far this summer?

Summer is a time to slow down and look around at what’s going on, both web-wise and in my own life. Reading this great post got me thinking about what I’ve learnt so far this summer. JUST SAY NO! This has to … Continue reading

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Creativity is like a bus…

… nothing happens for ages and then a load comes along all at once! I’ve never considered myself particularly creative; can’t sing or play an instrument, can’t draw or paint, stopped writing poems for my granny when I was seven,… At … Continue reading

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How Parenting has improved my Teaching

I recently came across a request to talk about this by @thosethatcan on twitter, so here’s my list: 1. I give clearer instructions After watching my teen son run around like a headless chicken as he tried to comply to … Continue reading

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To run far, run together

Today has been a wonderful day, the biggest news is OUR BABY HAS ARRIVED!! I’m soooo proud of this journal, especially the special supplement “Teaching English to Teens” that I helped to put together. Not only did I get to … Continue reading

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A letter to my #youngerteacherself

A while ago I read Joanna Malefaki’s letter to my younger teacher self and she’s just asked me to write mine (thanks Jo, great idea!) so here goes: Dear Rachael, Congratulations! You’ve just got yourself the best career in the world, maybe … Continue reading

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I knew I wanted to be a teacher when…

The other day I came across this image on the web, edutopia I think but don’t quote me on it.   It got me thinking about how I ended up here. I didn’t grow up planning on being a TEFL … Continue reading

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All the non-teaching stuff

I am busy packing my bag for a four-day trip to Lisbon with 48 students and a handful of colleagues, I’m really looking forward to this trip, and no, not because it’s a holiday! It’s a great opportunity to get … Continue reading

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