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

Being a better teacher, Bits and bobs

Teaching ESL in an international school. Here is what I’ve learnt…

My current work area is very specific: first of all, it is a multi-lingual group which is so common for international schools; second, our school uses English as a medium of instruction, communication and as an official language. ESL is offered a compulsory course in grades 9 and 10 for those who did not make… Read More Teaching ESL in an international school. Here is what I’ve learnt…

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!

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.