The Improvised Bits

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(by Joanne Mitten)
A couple of weeks ago I attended a talk at IATEFL Manchester by Adrian Underhill: Jazz and the Dark Matter of Teaching. And over the course of 45 minutes, his theory about improvisation in the classroom shed some light on an experience I’d had a few weeks before the conference.… continue...

Film yourself Teaching! A Self-Reflective Task...

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When I was younger and thinner, I worked for an organization that required teachers to film their classes once every three months. In my wisdom as an older, fatter person, I thought it would be wonderful to encourage the teachers around me to film themselves teaching, to see what their classes really look like.… continue...

Peer Observations: Step out of your Comfort Zone

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Peer observations seem to be both under-valued and unwelcomed.  Are we as teachers simply protecting our oversized egos from being judged in our own classrooms?

Andy Hockley, in this British Council webinar ‘Peer Observation: How can we make it work?’ discusses some of the obstacles teachers face.… continue...

Student Feedback - Encourage your Students to Review your Performance!

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You’re all used to top-down feedback, usually in the form of official observations and although it can be quite daunting, it’s part of your role as a teacher and if you’re honest with yourself, it’s constructive, developmental and helps you reflect and improve on your teaching techniques and methods!… continue...