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April 7th
 by Katherine Bilsborough
Using Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) to bring sustainability onto the classroom
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CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) is a teaching approach in which interaction is both the means of study and the fundamental objective of study. The teacher’s task is to help the learners develop their communicative competences

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March 24th
 by Donna Lee Fields
Movement as a Means of Improving Long-Term Memory
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology / Professional Development /

In this post, we’ll explore the connection between movement and long-term memory. As mammals, we began learning through movement soon after the time of conception, by joggling around in our mother’s wombs. For young learners, physical activity is widely considered to be the norm in learning and studies show how powerful movement is in the assimilation and retention of information for learners of all ages. So, let’s find out how stimulating the cerebral hippocampus with movement results in long-term memory.

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March 10th
 by Katherine Bilsborough
Using a Task-based Learning approach to bring sustainability onto the classroom.
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Firstly, just what is Task Based Learning?

In traditional approaches to teaching, lessons are designed with the language as the primary focus. Teachers follow a syllabus that lists the grammar and vocabulary to be taught and they use materials that are designed specifically with this language in mind.

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January 27th
 by Donna Lee Fields
How Music Stimulates Critical Thinking
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The effect listening to music has on the brain, and the problem-solving methods often used in studying music, both stimulate neuronal areas that generate deep, divergent, lateral thinking. In this post, we’ll clarify the nature of music as a learning tool, explore the different ways music converts us into expansive (as opposed to vertical) thinkers, and present techniques you can use to generate flexible thinking in your students.

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January 13th
 by Katherine Bilsborough
Using an inquiry-based learning approach to bring sustainability into the classroom.
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IBL (Inquiry-based learning) has existed in different forms for centuries. In IBL, the teacher places much of the responsibility for the learning on the learners themselves, inviting them to ask questions, guiding them to find out the answers and encouraging them to delve deeper and find out more. Many teachers use an inquiry-based learning approach to boost student engagement. 

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October 21st
 by Donna Lee Fields
How Interdisciplinary Projects Promote Critical Thinking
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Is it natural to separate disciplines (subjects)? It is helpful? Wouldn’t mixing disciplines help students to assimilate information more deeply? If we are concerned about promoting critical thinking in our lessons, surely interdisciplinary projects would promote this dynamic more integrally? Let’s look at the history, objectives and some examples of interdisciplinary projects and see if we can answer these questions.

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