My blog has lived with the WordPress people for a little over two years now, and while we we have got on well and I have got used to how they like to keep their place neat and tidy, I have recently started to yearn for a place of my own – somewhere with a little more freedom and space.
So, with fond memories and a tear in my eye, it’s time to fly the nest and settle down under an address of my own.
This is just a short note to let you all know that I will be deleting this blog in ten days.
The reason is that some time ago I created teachertrainingunplugged.com and now that I’ve settled in over there, the continued existence of this blog, which I no longer update, is unnecessary. Also, it is causing confusion for new readers.
So in case you haven’t switched to teachertrainingunplugged.com yet, please follow the link and subscribe over there – and thank you for investing your time in reading what I have to say: I really appreciate it.
Earlier today I unexpectedly had the opportunity to cover a teaching practice slot on our CELTA course. As I was watching one of my trainee teachers working with a recording of a book-club discussion about Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, I started to think about what I could do next with the student group that would be challenging and worth their while.
I decided to ask them if they were writers themselves, and it turns out that one of them had recently penned a poem to a friend on the occasion of their birthday (if I understood them correctly). from here, I made a connection to some poetry writing that I had been doing with students recently myself, and this led me to my blog.
I showed some of my recent posts and then admitted a problem: I am so busy with the current training course that I was afraid about not getting my next post out in time.
The class agreed – cautiously – to becoming my first ever guest blog post writers, with a post about their experience as students working with my trainee teachers in teaching practice. .
We defined who my typical readership was and what they were likely to be interested in hearing about, and then I let each student write about whatever they felt like in response to this. I spent my time supporting them and refining where I could, but I didn’t suggest content.
They agreed that I could post their comments on their teaching practice experience here, and I would love it if you would reply to them in a comment.
Someone recently messaged me to encourage me to publish a book of low-resource ideas for initial language teacher training.
I think I would like to write such a book (when I get the time, that is!), but I would hate to do it if the world doesn’t seem to want something like that with the Teacher Training Unplugged twist.
So here is a bit of fun with a serious purpose: if you have a moment, please answer this simple question and I promise I’ll act (sooner or later) on the results!
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Thanks for participating; I’m really looking forward to what you think.
“What can you say when you haven’t been listening?”
I’ve been thinking about listening skills a lot since we decided to “unplug” our CELTA course back in 2009 (if you are interested in catching up with that work, you can watch a summary talk we gave at IATEFL 2010, or read some blog posts here, here and here.).
Listening skills development is certainly not a novel topic; what is perhaps unusual about my preoccupation is that it hasn’t been the students’ listening skills that I’ve been thinking about, but the teachers’.