Thoughts

On Competition in the Global Era

Competition in the classroom: perhaps one of the longest enduring debates on teaching methodology to date. Through the training programmes I have conducted both for local teachers here in Indonesia and for teachers from around the world, I continue to see a fairly even split between those who say competition in the classroom is a… Continue reading On Competition in the Global Era

Thoughts

On Solving the Problem of Large Classes

I live and teach in Indonesia, where classes in formal schools are often above 30 students, increasing to as large as 40–50 students for government schools outside major cities. While I haven’t taught there, I’ve heard plenty about China and India, for example, where a class can have more than 60 students. As a trainer,… Continue reading On Solving the Problem of Large Classes

Thoughts · Workshops & Seminars

On Why I Won’t be Giving You My Slides

I speak at schools and universities fairly frequently. I average at about one event a month, which isn’t spectacular, but it is regular. Whenever I do one of these events, I am asked by the organiser or the host to share my slides with the institution and the participants. There are two different points when… Continue reading On Why I Won’t be Giving You My Slides