Higher Order Thinking · Techniques & Methodology

Levels of Understanding

I’ve spent a lot a time talking about Bloom’s Cognitive Domains lately. This is largely because I’ve been invited to speak at a number of institutions about Critical Thinking, and in every instance so far, the teachers have informed me that, in one way or another, their institutions encourage them to “use Bloom’s Taxonomy”. When… Continue reading Levels of Understanding

Techniques & Methodology

A Functional Approach to Lesson Planning

I have discussed in several posts my approach to lesson planning. In particular, I have described my three-part structure for learning objectives and asserted the importance of application in all lessons. In this post, I will take a practical look at how we decide what we are going to teach in our ESL lessons from… Continue reading A Functional Approach to Lesson Planning

Learner Autonomy · Student-centred Learning · Teaching & Learning · Techniques & Methodology

Make the Most of Your Classroom Situation

Leveraging Mixed Abilities to Reinforce Learning Here in Indonesia—and in many other parts of the world too, I am sure—a major challenge that faces almost all teachers in almost all schools is the mixed ability class. To a certain extent, this is an entirely universal teaching scenario, but it is certainly more pronounced in some… Continue reading Make the Most of Your Classroom Situation

Teaching & Learning · Techniques & Methodology

Your Students Will Forget What You Teach Them

And It’s Not a Bad Thing Occasionally, we can teach a lesson and come back to it later only to find that the students have forgotten it entirely. You might have felt that the initial lesson was a diamond—everything went well, the students were engaged, interest and participation were high, everybody left happy and wiser—and… Continue reading Your Students Will Forget What You Teach Them

Classroom Culture · Teaching & Learning · Techniques & Methodology

On Establishing Classroom Dynamics

Classroom Culture, Pt. II At the recent TeacherTalkTime event, an important point was raised that spanned several of the topics discussed. It’s important because it is apparently a fairly universal problem and one that can seem insurmountable to many teachers. The solution, I am confident, falls under the banner of classroom culture, which I first… Continue reading On Establishing Classroom Dynamics

Teaching & Learning · Techniques & Methodology

On the Bicycle Analogy, Pt. II

Teaching To Do and Teaching About I recently wrote about what I called the Bicycle Analogy, comparing the process of learning to ride a bicycle with that of learning a language. I concluded that there is a strong parallel between the processes involved in learning to ride a bicycle and learning a language. In this… Continue reading On the Bicycle Analogy, Pt. II

Teaching & Learning · Techniques & Methodology

Secondary Learning Objectives, Part II

What I Teach When I’m Teaching English I have just written about Secondary Learning Objectives. That post was a fairly general introduction to the concept. Here, I would like to give some specific examples of Secondary Learning Objectives within the context of my own field, English language teaching. Teaching Experiences EFL teachers find themselves in… Continue reading Secondary Learning Objectives, Part II

Techniques & Methodology

Teacher Talk Acts, Not Teacher Talk Time

Student Centred Learning. Buzzword de rigueur. It’s a principle that, of course, I wholeheartedly endorse, and I travel around the country talking about how best to achieve it. When I first started talking about student-centred learning at workshop events, it was completely unheard of by many of my audiences here in Indonesia. Certainly it could… Continue reading Teacher Talk Acts, Not Teacher Talk Time