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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The flipped classroom is becoming a hot topic in second language teaching!

This post from TESOL shows how the flipped classroom is becoming more and more popular. Click on the link below for more information.

Ever have problems with students paying attention in class?

Here is a post from Edutopia that will give you seven ways to help. Click on the link below for more details.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

No place for timidity in education reform

Yes, changes are clearly needed but, 

Even if and when someone brave enough makes sweeping changes in the system, the effects wont be felt for several years. Click on the link for more information. 


Friday, July 24, 2015

Ever have sleepers in your classroom?

Here is a post from Edutopia that deals with students that have problems staying awake in class. For more information click on the link below.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Upcoming Industry Events

Here is an event in Singapore that will focus on Supporting Classroom Teaching and Learning. This should be a good one because it will have more presenters from South East Asia. For more details click on the link below and the "webinars/professional development" page in this blog. 

Professional Developement

Learning and teaching is a lifelong commitment so we as educators must continually find ways to improve ourselves and lift up our industry. If you are a teacher like me, sometimes it is difficult to find time or money to go to a seminar, a conference, discussion group, or meeting. And the content of these is not always relevant to our individual teaching environments. I have been to many professional development events where I have just sat in the room watching these "experts" explain their theories and techniques and I just say to myself "this wont work with my students" or "why am I here"? 

So here is an article from TESOL Connections where you can start your own professional development plan individualized just for you. If you want to teach in Thailand long term it is necessary to get and renew the teacher license which requires verifiable professional development. Click on the "webinars/professional development" page on this blog for more options. 


Resources for teachers overseas

EFL Sensei has some resources that we have all used before, new and old. This site is geared towards the English teacher overseas. Just click on the link. 


Teaching Tips

Here is a site that I found while I was surfing the other day. It is on general topics in teaching, but some things might be useful for ESL.   Just click on the link. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

From the TESOL Blog

Here are two interesting posts from the TESOL Blog. The first one is about Creating classroom communities in ESL/EFL. 

Creating Classroom Communities in ESL/EFL
Creating Classroom Communities in ESL/EFL

The second post is about developing writing skills through personal journals. As always the TESOL International Association is a portal to all things in our industry. Please check out these links and the main website.  


Criminal record checks for English Teachers

This just in from the Thai Visa Forum. Education institutions in Thailand told to carefully screen English teachers with child sex abuse records. The rules are different for all nationalities. Please check with your local consulate. So if you are applying for a job at a school that asks for this be aware that the process will take more than 3 months. 

Here is the link:

And here is a link to the Teaching Thailand Forum which has links on how to get a criminal records check from Thailand.