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Multiple intelligences and learning styles

We have been looking at various learning styles and Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (MI) and their implications in a DI classroom. My first exposure of these models were last summer when I did my CELTA, as with many … Continue reading

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A lesson on earthquake for JH 1st graders

Knowing what to do in an earthquake is something quite close to home here in Japan. I have been doing a two-part 50-minute lesson with my first graders. At the end of these, the students would have learnt some phrases … Continue reading

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A bit of fun, how much learning?

I wasn’t looking forward to the lesson as my second graders were a little moody last Friday. Some say it was about the time of the year when they turn! Reflecting on that, I thought if I can’t get them … Continue reading

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Can you hear the song from that painting?

Did you know you have synaesthesia? Is number six always green? Can you hear music when you look at a painting? Can you smell the coffee on a poster? Do you hear the person as if she is in front … Continue reading

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Starting a journey in differentiating instruction (DI)

I’ve recently started an online course on differentiating instruction (DI). The first time I heard about it was from a talk by Robert Murphy, a bilingual lecturer in Kita Kyushu in Japan. From what I gathered, it basically involves the … Continue reading

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When it gets tough

What do you do when you just want to pull your hair out, when your students are just not responding no matter what you do? I am all too aware that these are great chances for self-evaluation. There are just … Continue reading

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Knowing what to scrap and believing in yourself

My favourite day, Thursday again! Despite some nasty bugs going around, it’s nice to know you are in a place you enjoy being. Today though, my students, my team teacher and me were all a little lifeless. Many of us … Continue reading

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Dogme from a textbook theme?

It was my twice-weekly 90-min pre-intermediate group. I have had them for almost a month. I am still feeling my way including the best way of starting the lesson. We have experimented several ways like plunging right in, starting off … Continue reading

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Typhoon

Yesterday a powerful typhoon hit Japan and brought rainstorms of scale I had never experienced. I was at school with my second graders, we were constantly interrupted by ‘wows’ and gasps as we watched the rain threatening to flood the … Continue reading

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A bit of spontaneous CLIL?

Still Thursday. I was at my favourite school. I haven’t left yet. In this school, I taught the second and third graders too. I was at the photocopying room preparing my lessons for the following week when a couple of … Continue reading

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