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!

Bits and bobs

At Home Among Strangers

Some teachers manage to teach the language they cannot call their mother tongue in the countries they can not call their motherland. Non-natives teaching abroad: I’ve got this experience and I want to share it with you. Typology of English teachers Generally speaking, I would divide all English teachers into three categories: Speakers of other… Read More At Home Among Strangers

Being a better teacher

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

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