It has been a rough couple of months. With teaching, writing, and travel, and a few natural and man-made disasters, I’ve done a poor job keeping up this blog, a worse job of reading other people’s blogs, and an embarrassingly dreadful job of commenting on blogs (to let people know that I actually did read their posts). I’m home this month and enjoying getting caught up a bit. My Villagers page of guest authors is finally up to date!
Just in case you’ve been busy, too, here are some guest posts that you may have missed
Patrick Jackson found a way to use St. Patrick’s Day as a way to share some excellent tips for effective language teaching. His post, What Every Teacher Should Know about St. Patrick’s Day, is wonderful any time of year, so if you missed it then, be sure to take time for it now.
Naomi Moir wrote a post with great advice for teachers of young learners. Naomi is an extremely talented teacher trainer, and I always learn a lot from her. Whether teaching children is your vocation or simply the job you got stuck with, you’ll appreciate her post, Lessons Learned.
Zahra is the first student to have written a guest post for Teaching Village, but hopefully not the last! Zahra is a member of My English Club, and I met her through that group’s administrator, Tara Benwell. If you’ve ever wondered how students feel about online learning, you’ll enjoy Zahra’s post, Benefits of Learning Online. (By the way…if any of your students would like to write a post for me, I’d love to add them to the Voices of Students category!)
Marc Helgesen is one of the best teacher trainers I have ever known because his advice is not just useful, it’s memorable. When I read his post, Classroom Management: Stuff they didn’t mention in teacher training, I found myself nodding at tips that seem really obvious, but that I hadn’t thought of until Marc mentioned them. I’m sure you’ll find something in his post that you can take into your next class.
Anna Greenwood was a lovely surprise. Usually, I ask teachers to write guest posts, and then nudge gently (and repeatedly) until they find time to write. Anna sent her first post already written to my inbox. Her Teaching in a Buddhist Monastery in India is a unique addition to our Stories from the Front Lines of EFL. She followed that post with another, Personal experiences of a new EFL teacher, that shares some lessons she has learned working with her monastery students. I look forward to hearing more from Anna in the future!
In a comment on recent post of mine about including and playing with context in lessons, Randy Poehlman mentioned that he had his students select pictures to create their own context, as a way of owning the English they were learning. I asked if he’d be willing to write a guest post to explain how he uses student selected images in class, and he agreed! Students Picking Pics is the result. Randy gave me courage to let my students try searching for their own photos online.
That brings me up to date on this blog! Tomorrow, I’ll highlight some great posts on other blogs.