First Steps in Coding: Going on a field-trip

The very first code I crafted can help educators (and even event-organizers) coordinate an outing/event for a group of people. The code automatically assigns the person to the relevant group and its respective activity according to the age of the person (the criteria can be adapted and instead of age, any other variable can be … Continue reading First Steps in Coding: Going on a field-trip

How can data analysis inform our lesson planning

Like I mentioned in my previous blog post, teaching calls for extensive observation and the gathering of data, facts, and information. Quantifying and analyzing student-related data allows us to plan our lessons according to the way our students learn best. As an educator, you might have already learned the single most important thing when planning … Continue reading How can data analysis inform our lesson planning

Collaborative learning: fostering positive interdependence

As a general aspect of my teaching practice, I group the students in the class into teams and let them work within the same team for one semester. The idea is to put together kids with various abilities, needs, and temperaments in an effort to encourage and support their collaborative learning through interaction and interdependence. … Continue reading Collaborative learning: fostering positive interdependence

Our Most Treasured Memories

Our last Show and Tell was about everyone's most treasured memories. As a warm up, in our third semester we formed teams according to the class each one of us enjoyed the most - Caterpillars, Ladybugs, Honeybees, or Butterflies. We made posters reminiscing the things we have done in the course of the past three … Continue reading Our Most Treasured Memories

‘A Year in Perspective’ Training

While I was planning for the year-end reflection training, I was reading the book The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities That Transform Schools by Elena Aguilar. The book is a great source of team-building ideas and it did help inform some of the activities for the training I planned and implemented. I recommend … Continue reading ‘A Year in Perspective’ Training

Teaching philosophy and teaching interests

as of 2020 My teaching philosophy showcases what my aspirations, values, beliefs, and objectives are as a teacher and mentor. It gives me direction not only when I enter the classroom but also when I interact with learners in an informal setting. It is in a state of constant transformation as it goes through regular … Continue reading Teaching philosophy and teaching interests

Bringing the World to the Classroom

Need, Relevance, Utility Our Sharing activities do more than connect the world of our students to the world of English, they validate each individual’s identity and demonstrate a sincere interest and concern in what they have to say. The Q&A session following any presentation reinforces the idea of being genuinely interested in others and showing … Continue reading Bringing the World to the Classroom

The childhood lessons that saved our lives in the face of the pandemics

  Part of my most recent training was dedicated to the cross-disciplinary sharing of knowledge among fellow teachers. Through role-play activities and games, English teachers introduce, demonstrate, and rationalize the methods of teaching they adopt. They let their Japanese co-workers experience for themselves the effectiveness of learner-centered instruction and the way they help students build … Continue reading The childhood lessons that saved our lives in the face of the pandemics

The paradox of Social-Distancing among kids

Most would agree that the social-distancing policy, brought about as a result of the spreading coronavirus, has indeed had a 'counterproductive' effect. Whether being on lockdown or highly encouraged to stay at home and practice social distancing when going out into the public, people started re-connecting with relatives and friends. In isolation and self-restriction, in … Continue reading The paradox of Social-Distancing among kids