Teaching is an Act of Persuasion

Teaching is an Act of Persuasion

In ‘Why Students Don’t Like School’, cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham says that just as an author has to persuade the reader not to wander off and do something more interesting, so a teacher has to persuade students to continue the learning journey.

When I read this, I was reminded of a few of my lessons where it took all my powers of persuasion to get my students to stay with me, as we heroically battled through a particularly boring coursebook chapter.

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Do Students Learn What We Teach?

Do Students Learn What We Teach?

How do we know that what we teach is what our students are learning?

In his book, ‘Why Students Don’t Like School’, cognitive psychologist Daniel Willingham makes the point that what we think about is what we remember – so we have to do our best to ensure our learners actually think deeply about what we want them to learn.

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The Learning Styles Myth

The Learning Styles Myth

Six years ago, I was delivering learning styles training sessions to colleagues, until one day I found out that they don’t exist.

I felt like a complete moron.

I still see teachers, managers, schools and content writers promoting learning styles. I hope the info here will help you better understand them, what they are and why they’re not a valid educational theory.

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Ethics in TEFL Teaching

Ethics in TEFL Teaching

I’ve never attended a training session that helped me develop my character.

Teaching skills? Sure. Technical, training and interpersonal skills? Also yes. But in 15 years I’ve never seen a workshop on improving as a person, or ethical considerations within the TEFL industry.

At first, it appears unnecessary – most teachers genuinely care about their students, and their work. That’s why they’re teachers.

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4 Foolproof Steps to Become a Teacher Trainer

4 Foolproof Steps to Become a Teacher Trainer

Have you ever asked a teacher trainer exactly how they became a trainer? What answer did you get? I’m sure it was rather long and full of ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’. At least mine was, when the charming pair at the TEFL Training Institute interviewed me as part of their podcast on the same topic. That chat inspired me to plan what I’d do if I started all over again...

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Differentiate Mixed Abilities

Differentiate Mixed Abilities

Differentiation is the means of teaching one concept and meeting the different learning needs in a group.

Differentiation lies on a scale. At one end is 1-to-1 teaching, where everything is 100% personalised for one student. At the other is where I was when I first started teaching – treating everyone in the class the same, and moving together (regardless of how well they did or didn’t do). Your job as teacher is to move as close to the 1-to-1 end as possible whilst keeping your sanity.

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