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

Bits and bobs

Descriptive writing and our senses.

Descriptions may be hard to deal with but they are enriching the writing so much that ignoring them is a crime against the reader’s perception and style. Cutting down on details will negatively affect not only the text perception but probably the final mark if it happens to be an exam writing. As a common… Read More Descriptive writing and our senses.

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

Bits and bobs, Russian lines

Об учителях. (длинно и в формате потока сознания)

У меня довольно давно не было учителя. То есть сама я учу, коллеги есть, которые работают по совершенно различным методам и верят в самые разные подходы. Но мой последний учитель был аж в Китае и было это по ощущениям бесконечно давно. А мне его очень не хватает, вот честно. Только чтоб был строгий и критиковал… Read More Об учителях. (длинно и в формате потока сознания)

Being a better teacher

Learning theory mindmap (priceless)

Doing my research for DELTA I came across an amazing mind map which puts together lots of theory, names and explanations. The best part is that you’ll be able to see connections and a general picture. Click here and you’ll see the full size image: http://cmapspublic3.ihmc.us/rid=1LNV3H2J9-HWSVMQ-13LH/Learning%20Theory.cmap I wish I could praise the creator, but, unfortunately, I… Read More Learning theory mindmap (priceless)

Being a better teacher

How to assess writing (if all other systems seem to fail)

FToday I have finished reading a great book “Genre, Text, Grammar: Technologies for Teaching and Assessing Writing” written by Megan Watkins and Peter Knapp (2005). It suggests a very elegant way of teaching and assessing any kinds of texts from the genre position. As each genre has its specific features of texts, it can be a good… Read More How to assess writing (if all other systems seem to fail)