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, 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, 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!