Being a better teacher, Bits and bobs

Break the ice!

Any time I happen to start an off-line course, the very first session inevitably opens with this or that type of an ice-breaker. Honestly, I am ok with those games in general, as long as I don’t have to take part in throwing an imaginary ball, repeat dance movements together with all the fourteen names… Read More Break the ice!

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How good is good enough?

Recently I’ve been working hard to really understand the topic of assessment. I was going through the types of validity, wondered about the impact, tried to make connections to the tests at my work and did my best to figure out what the test really measures and if it is enough. I was also reading about… Read More How good is good enough?

Being a better teacher, Russian lines

Negative thinker или учитель, который хвалит.

В процессе подготовки к экзамену я поняла, насколько мой учительский мозг привык подмечать ошибки, недочеты, проблемы и неправильные предложения. В двух заданиях первого модуля DELTA  нужно описать сильные и слабые стороны а) работы одного студента; б) теста, выбранного учителем для определенного класса. И с weaknesses как раз проблем нет, я легко и непринужденно нахожу нужные три,… Read More Negative thinker или учитель, который хвалит.

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A crash test on classroom management

I used to think that I am a good teacher, that I can keep my students engaged and motivated, that I can always come up with the right decision. Illusions of early teaching years. Illusions of disciplined Chinese classrooms. But the moment, I stepped into a Turkish classroom, was a real eye-opener. I work in… Read More A crash test on classroom management

Being a better teacher, Bits and bobs

Teacher’s approach to learning

The worst thing that can happen to a teacher is to stop learning. It may be the moment of weaknesses or even the point of no return, because how can one be a good teacher if there is no understanding of how it feels in the learner’s shoes? Vague memories of university years are not… Read More Teacher’s approach to learning