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Spring Blog Festival

Have you ever wondered why people blog? Are you interested in learning more about blogging? Are you already blogging and wanting to become a better blogger? Then you will definitely want to plan to attend the Spring Blog Festival! This is a free, 3-day, online event organized by Nellie Muller Deutsch, Shelly Sanchez Terrell, and Sylvia Guinan.

Spring Blog Festival

Read more about the event on the WizIQ blog.

When? March 14-16, 2014

Where? Online via the WizIQ Virtual Classroom

What? A 3-day event showcasing bloggers, their work, and valuable tips for using blogging for reflective practice or with students

Register: SPRING BLOG FESTIVAL (Registering allows you to receive a certificate for participation)

I’m excited to be part of this event! I’ll be part of a panel about authors who blog, along with Luke Meddings, David Deubelbeiss, and Chuck Sandy. Our panel discussion will take place on Saturday, March 15th at 1 pm GMT (10 pm in Japan). You can get more information about our panel here.

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You can see the entire program here, with an incredible line-up of authors, teachers, trainers, and projects that are sure to inspire.

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Why I love Teachers 2014

I'm in love with teaching

A few years ago I wrote a simple little post about the reasons I love Teachers. Since then, I’ve had a chance to work with some amazing Teachers through the International Teacher Development Institute. So, I thought it was time to bring the post out,  dust it off, and update my list of reasons. (more…)

Would you please do me a favor? Thank you!

Icebergs

When you look around online these days, it seems as if there always something happening for teachers. There’s so much that at times it can be a bit overwhelming to choose from the number of webinars, courses, workshops, conferences, chats, and blogs available. Much of it is free. And yet, whenever I travel to do face-to-face workshops, most of the teachers I meet are still not online for their own professional development.
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Help! I just got another new student!

pick me

What happens when a new student enters your class at a very different level than the students who are already there? That’s the question a teacher would like to ask Villagers (that’s you!). Have you ever been in this situation? What advice can you share?  (more…)

A very bad, horrible, no good class

We’ve all had them! That class when, for whatever reason, nothing seems to go right. A teacher friend of mine had a class like that today.

 Parachute Games

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It was worst… the lesson was worst… Kids were running around, laid themselves down on the floor, spoke Japanese a lot, didn’t listen to me and others from the song!!! But they were very nice to play with parachute.. One of their mothers told me, kids didn’t understand what I said during the lesson. So they felt the lesson was not so interesting. Have you ever had the lesson like that? What do you do for that?

 

This is a mixed ability class, where brand new beginners have joined an existing class. The beginners were the students who were most energetic (and a bit out of control). The mother offering her impression of the problem is the parent of one of the more experienced learners.

What advice can you share? What do you do with lessons go wrong? How do you integrate beginners in a continuing class?

 

Boisterous Boys and Bored Girls

I had a recent reminder of the power behind this blog’s simple motto: We’re better when we work together.

To get some guidance in preparing for an upcoming webinar about working with large, small, and mixed-ability classes (part of OUP’s Let’s Share project), I put a request out on my facebook page. The webinar is only an hour long, and I want to be sure I touch on the topics that matter most to teachers. I really hate wasting anyone’s time :) (more…)

Little teacher me in the big ELT World (by Yitzha Sarwono)

Note from Barb: I know that attending an international conference is a major decision for teachers — big conferences tend to require a serious investment of both time and money. Since some of you may be facing similar decisions, I thought you might appreciate Yitzha’s reflections about her first international conference experience. (more…)

The Myth of the Perfect Teacher

Note: This post was originally published on June 26, 2012. On October 14th, I did a presentation at JALT 2012 in Hamamatsu with Chuck Sandy and Ozge Karaoglu, during which participants created this prezi. So, I’m adding the prezi to the original post and opening it once again to comments. What are the stereotypes of a perfect teacher? What are real teachers like? And, how can we help each other become the best teachers we can be? (Barb) (more…)

The floor is ours! (by Arjana Blazic)

Teach Meet International

TeachMeet is a life-changing experience. Those who have never taken part in one won’t understand what I’m talking about; those who have, are most probably hooked for life. (more…)

Globaldreamers – Peace Project (by Marsha Goren)

I developed the Dream a dream project of Ein Ganim School Israel in 2001 and first met the Internet in 2002. The idea started as a vehicle to encourage children and educators to share in a learning environment that would lead to global communication and tolerance. (more…)