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19 – Reflective Practice – Thomas Farrell

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The self-styled ‘bad boy’ of language teaching, Thomas Farrell, dropped by my office to take about self reflection. What do we do in the classroom and, importantly, WHY do we do it? Who are YOU as a teacher and what do YOU bring into the classroom?

 

Start adding this reflective practice regularly to your professional life and you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make to your personal and professional development.

Also a good lesson about having a safety net. I recorded this with my fancy MICs but the recordings failed for some reason, so this is based on my phone back-up recording. Phew….

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Build the suspense in team activities

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I’m currently teaching at an intensive winter camp for adults. Each week there is an activity where the groups should break into teams and complete a series of activities, often in different locations on campus.

As this requires scores to be consolidated from different locations, I hit on the idea of how to do this in the most efficient way, whilst simultaneously keeping the students involved and excited.

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Recording Assignment – What’s the strangest question a student has asked you?

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What weird, unexpected questions have students asked you? How did you answer? I’d love to hear them and use them on the show.

A recording would be amazing, but shy folks can just message you weird question and answer to @MOTcast

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Masters of TESOL podcast

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Hello, world! This site is the home for the Masters of TESOL podcast. Each episode, I speak to the people attached to the biggest brains in the industry and they give us the juice that’ll improve our teaching.

I’ll be giving regular recorded assignments, so if you want to contribute something to the show, that would be great.

 

Coming soon will be the first show, which is about using visuals in the class and how to get the best responses from students. That’s with Gabriel Diaz Maggioli from The New School, NYC.

 

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