Being a better teacher, Bits and bobs

Lessons of 2020-2021

This school year has been a very special one, and this is not a compliment. The mess started in spring 2020 when we plunged all the way into a full-scale online program from what seemed to be the iron-bound educational traditions: lessons are done in a classroom, handwritten notes, seeing each other every day, the… Read More Lessons of 2020-2021

Being a better teacher, Book notes

What if we’ve been teaching essay writing all wrong?

One of the courses I teach is English General paper (Cambridge curriculum). The main point of the course is to provide our students with the skills to write academic essays and to read thoughtfully texts of different nature. All in all, it must be a prep course for the uni-level Academic writing classes. The coursebook… Read More What if we’ve been teaching essay writing all wrong?

Being a better teacher, Bits and bobs, Lined notebook

The right not to know

One evening you, an experienced language teacher with a degree in linguistics, teaching or something directly related to your field, get caught by an occasional passer-by who happened to know of that background of yours. And normally you get all the respect and no one ever questions you ability to use the English language effectively.… Read More The right not to know

Being a better teacher

Teacher’s Bullet Journal

When in August I was just planning to start my bullet journal for work only (I have another one for the rest of my life), I quickly learned that there are not so many inspiring examples. And if we remove the pages for homeroom teachers in primary or college professors with very different teaching context,… Read More Teacher’s Bullet Journal

Being a better teacher, Bits and bobs

Simple ways to strengthen the sense of school community

The longer our schools stay online, the more we need to pamper the feeling of belonging to a bigger community. Turning on the computers and joining Zoom do not do the trick – it turns into an obligation in no time, followed by boredom and lack of motivation. Creating the sense of belonging to the… Read More Simple ways to strengthen the sense of school community