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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…)

We’re going on a conker hunt! A list of autumn activities. (by Anna Musielak)









It’s time to say goodbye to hot summer days and welcome autumn with all its colours and fruit. The leaves themselves look like an artwork, the abundance of shades stimulates the imagination and conkers and acorns just beg to be turned into little crafts. (more…)

Why iTDi, and why now? (by Steven Herder)

Online teacher development has arrived, and the sooner you take advantage of what it has to offer, the sooner you’ll begin to see great things: your teaching satisfaction will grow, your student’s motivation will increase, and your whole teaching world will open up to unlimited opportunities for further growth.

As teachers, we all work in the learning business. We often tell our students that the best way to learn is to study hard, practice a lot, and make necessary adjustments along the way. This is very good advice for teachers as well. And, just like our students, there are two basic approaches we can take in own professional development: learning by ourselves or learning with others. (more…)

My guest interview on Iasku

I recently had a chance to sit down (virtually) and be interviewed by Chiew Pang. You might remember Chiew from his recent guest post here, or his work on his own blog, A CLIL to Climb, or his presence on Twitter. He’s a good man to know, if you haven’t had the pleasure yet.

Anyway, if you’re curious about my background, how I got into teaching, what my current and future projects are, and what advice I’d give new teachers (among other things), I invite you to visit Chiew’s new blog, Iasku, and check it out:

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto interview on Iasku



Sandy has a real job, thank you very much!

Sandy Millin first popped onto my radar as one of the most enthusiastic participants each week on ELT Chat, and I’m thrilled to have an excuse to get to know her better as part of Brad Patterson’s brilliant blog challenge:

If you haven’t heard of it yet, the premise is simple.  Ask your favorite PLN person 5 standard questions, which you’ll see below, and from there, get to know them in ways that you might not otherwise have the chance to on twitter or other social media. (more…)

How culture matters

If you walk into a neighborhood in my part of Japan, you’ll see a display like this somewhere near the entrance. It’s a map showing all of the houses in a neighborhood, and the names of families who live in the houses. Do you have something like this where you live? (more…)