Children and stress
The edinburgh techniques and more
Stress tends to be thought of as an adult problem, if not preoccupation these days. For years many doctors didn’t even recognise its existence.
The teacher’s diary
One teacher's descent into madness
The diary is the sad and heartbreaking four-week journal of Mr Jim Elmdon - a teacher who came, saw, and failed miserably. Keep a box of tissues handy.
Rules and goals for the EFL classroom
Be Informed — when a student walks into my class he/she needs to be ready
Student behavior is nothing more than the rules teachers establish to govern students. For many teachers, these rules have one thing in common - they all begin with the word "NO.” The problem with this rationality is when a teachers states what cannot be done, no positive statement is made as to what will be done in a class - all negative rules do is highlight the bad.
Heaven and Hell
Tips for teaching kids
Don’t think teaching kids is easy, it’s not. Tie everything down that’s yours. Keep it in your pocket, your bag, briefcase, socks, travel pouch, wherever. Learn to enjoy singing.
Still going nowhere
Still kicking the topic of teacher expectations around
A continuation of the previous weeks stuff. This time focusing on what and who the teacher can expect to be teaching and also the question of flithy lucre. What's in it for me?
Caught by the privates
The perils of freelance teaching
From the thrill of the chase and actually getting your first private student to the cancellations there's never a dull moment when your trapped in a living room with an 8 year old and her Chinese granny.
Back to school
Shoes are polished and uniforms are in pristine condition
It's the first day back after the summer holidays, uniforms are donned and the ritual countdown to the first class of the new school year begins . . . begin
Heading out into the great wide open
A users guide to what to expect when 130 pre-teens hit an out of season 3 star hotel.
Certificate (3), BA (1)
American (male, 55 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 25 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (2), Certificate (1), MA (1)
American (male, 33 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
New Zealander (male, 52 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), Diploma (1)
Indian (male, 27 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (8), BA (1)
British (male, 57 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MBA (1), Certificate (1)
Indian (male, 30 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
South African (female, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 37 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BSc (1), Certificate (1)
British (male, 55 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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