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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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February 25th
 by Nick Franklin
The power of mediation
Teaching Methodology / Metacognitive Training /

Mediation refers to the use of language to collaborate with others and construct meaning. We examine why this form of interaction should be a pillar of every modern language classroom.

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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 1st
 by Donna Lee Fields
Importance of routines, norms and consequences for online and
face-to-face classes
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology / Digital Teaching /

This blog examines the importance of routines, norms and consequences in creating strong learning environments. With these essential educational elements, students feel supported and secure and are able to learn more deeply and fluidly.

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