Why You Can Deliver a Technically Perfect Lesson ... and Still Suck

Why You Can Deliver a Technically Perfect Lesson ... and Still Suck

You walk out of class and do a fist pump “YESSSS!”. A technically  perfect lesson.

You delivered everything in the lesson plan exactly as planned. Down-to-the-frickin’-minute. Instructions were sharp. Classroom management was impeccable. Your graded language was flawless. The students completed their tasks on time and to spec.

So why do you have a little voice of doubt nagging at the back of your mind?

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Teaching the Coursebook vs. Teaching Your Students

Teaching the Coursebook vs. Teaching Your Students

Coursebooks suck. Most teachers I know don’t like the coursebook they use. Some actively hate it, and blame it for making their lives worse. They say it’s irrelevant to their students. Linguistically it’s too easy or too difficult for 80% of the class. Culturally there’s no point of connection for students (they’re not middle class American kids).

Also, it’s just ‘plain boring’.

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How to Use Hard Data to be a Better TEFL Teacher (and Manager)

How to Use Hard Data to be a Better TEFL Teacher (and Manager)

Data is not a dirty word.

Data can improve your school, your students’ experience and your teaching performance.

Data identifies longer term trends about you and your students which you can use to inform your teaching and managing, and become a better TEFL teacher.

Which are the most important figures to look at?

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