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March 25th
 by Nick Franklin
The teacher as performer
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

Unlike actors and entertainers, teachers are on show all day, every day. We know a dynamic classroom is key to student learning, so in this blog we examine how other professionals in the public eye motivate their audiences - and find their strategies great preparation for that leading role in our lives.

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March 11th
 by Karen McGhie
Practical tips to increase emotional intelligence
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

We all know that students’ and teachers’ emotions can vary significantly between the start and end of a lesson. But how can we help students to consider the importance of their emotions more in class, as well as develop a stronger emotional understanding between teacher and students? In this blog post, we focus on practical ways to increase emotional intelligence in class.

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November 26th
 by Nick Franklin
Extending the text: how to make the transition to extensive reading
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

We left this first part of this blog post facing a difficult issue: you can’t expect students to read extensively until they have a reasonable vocabulary; yet the best way to expand one’s vocabulary is by reading extensively. Here’s how we solve this enigma.

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November 12th
 by Nick Franklin
Overcoming the fear of public speaking with presentations and Pecha Kucha
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

A third of today’s jobs require public speaking. However, the idea of expressing oneself in front of an audience is terrifying for most people! You can give your students a vital life skill by integrating presentations into your English class.

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October 29th
 by Russell Stannard
The most effective technology for online assessment
Classroom Ideas / Digital Teaching / Teaching Materials /

This blog presents ideas on how you can assess your students in face-to-face and/or digital learning environments. We may not be aware of how much information we receive from our students when we are physically with them, but these subconscious or semi-conscious formative assessments are lost the minute we see our students through a computer screen. There are ways to compensate for this loss, and this blog will give you concrete tools that will help you to realise effective evaluations of your students' progress.

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October 15th
 by Donna Lee Fields
How to make the most of direct time with your students
Classroom Ideas / Digital Teaching / Primary / Teaching Materials /

This blog presents ideas on how you can redistribute the materials you give in either face-to-face or online classes to take more advantage of synchronous classes with your students. Assigning lower-level thinking activities outside of class is beneficial to everyone, as during synchronous classes your students are more prepared to participate in higher-level cognitive activities, and your lessons on the whole become more meaningful.

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