10 ways to use the chatbox to increase language production

Now that the dust has settled,  online teaching is fast becoming the new 'normal' for many of us and the knee-jerk emergency teaching measures are slowly being replaced by a renewed drive for ways of delivering quality lessons.  One observation from the last two months of teaching online is that at times the digital platform … Continue reading 10 ways to use the chatbox to increase language production

Staying connected

Being a teacher means you have to expect the unexpected but I don't think any of us could have imagined what 2020 would entail. Coronavirus has pulled the rug from all of our feet; the devastating loss of lives, the fear and uncertainty, the financial repercussions, it's changed our lives forever. Living in Italy, the … Continue reading Staying connected

10 ways to use photos in your lessons

Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Tinder; digital photos are everywhere.  It seems like a lifetime ago when we were able to do anything we wanted without the threat of it being immortalised thanks to someone's smartphone.  Selfies have become so ubiquitous that the thought of asking someone else to take our photo in a beauty spot or … Continue reading 10 ways to use photos in your lessons

10 ways to get your students to trust you

Everyone knows it, the most important thing you can gain in the classroom is trust.  Get your students to trust you and then anything is possible, barriers will no longer be up, they won't be scared to experiment and risk making mistakes, in a nutshell, you will have created an environment that is conducive to … Continue reading 10 ways to get your students to trust you

Planning the unexpected

Why you need to plan for the unexpected

It's that time of year again, the time when finding time is difficult, when stress levels rise as teachers frantically plan exciting and engaging first lessons to make their students fall in love with them, while managers frantically juggle book orders, student enquiries, entrance exams, and new teacher inductions. It's the nice kind of stress … Continue reading Planning the unexpected

Are you guilty of Overteaching?

I still to this day remember the first time I stood before 15 pairs of eyes, a board marker in hand and the overbearing sense of foreboding that weighed down on my shoulders as they waited for me to teach them something. That nervous anticipation thankfully now feels very foreign and I barely bat an … Continue reading Are you guilty of Overteaching?

8 great team building activities

Here in Europe, it’s that time again. The time when people start putting away their summer gear and turn their focus instead to the new academic year that’s on the horizon. And the new school year usually entails a new academic team in some capacity, whether it be teaching, managing or offering admin support.  I've … Continue reading 8 great team building activities

Is time your biggest nemesis?

“There's just not enough time!” Ever said that? Funnily enough most ELT teachers have. Read my latest guest blog on elt.training here to find out what you can do about it and how you can gain both time and motivation to realise your goals.

Building a classroom community

When thinking about successful learning classroom management is key and in my opinion, the best way of achieving a harmonious classroom is by building a classroom community. Creating an environment where students feel safe and supported means creating the correct environment for language learning. Language learning means growth through making mistakes and that will only … Continue reading Building a classroom community

My reflections on a 5 Day CPD challenge

Reflection is the most important part of personal develop and the only way to foster a growth mindset, as I’ve written about here and here. So it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance for a 5 day CPD challenge, which ELT.training have been running on their Facebook page. But what have I learned? … Continue reading My reflections on a 5 Day CPD challenge

Why your students need a homework holiday

As I lie on my sunbed with my toes covered in sand and nothing but my two small children to disturb my daydreams, I can truly understand the importance of maintaining a good work-life balance. While this would appear obvious to most, it’s something that as teachers we tend to forget as the lines between personal … Continue reading Why your students need a homework holiday

Lessons without pens: a communicative approach

While thinking of ways to reduce our environmental impact, as part of a scholarship opportunity which I'm sad to say alas for me wasn't successful, I started to think about rethinking my whole approach to teaching to take the paperless classroom to the next level. While my idea went no further in the competition, I … Continue reading Lessons without pens: a communicative approach