Working as a teacher involves a great deal of curriculum and lesson planning. The process of defining and breaking down the learning objectives and strategies is a time-consuming yet an invaluable 'investment' in the cognitive, emotional, and social development of students. Not to mention the fact that a well-structured curriculum along with thorough lesson plans … Continue reading The art and science of English lesson planning
Professional Development through Class/Lesson Observation It is a common practice among teachers in Japan to engage in professional development activities in the form of a lesson study or research of teaching/learning by visiting other schools and observing classes. It is meant to help teachers enhance their capabilities and competencies and to incorporate new ideas and … Continue reading Professional Development through Lesson Observation
Do lessons need to be meaningful? Definitely. Do they need to be fun? Desirably. Do they need to be creative? Not necessarily. "I aim for making fun lessons that also have meaning" is the oath that every serious teacher needs to take and uphold to while involved in their lesson planning endeavors. Creativity does matter … Continue reading Is There a Need for Creative Lessons?
The debate about which approach to teaching prepares children for their future has been an ongoing one and is becoming more urgent in the midst of a fast-changing global landscape. To take a position on the issue, we must first and foremost ask ourselves, what role does the school play in children's upbringing? Does it … Continue reading The International Baccalaureate within the Asian context
My teaching philosophy showcases what my aspirations, values, beliefs, and objectives are as a teacher. It gives me direction every time I enter the classroom. As mentioned in one of my previous blog posts, I endeavor to embrace both the holistic and constructionist approach to education through the design and implementation of lessons that help the … Continue reading Teaching Philosophy
While developing children's English language proficiency, the more crucial role of the English language specialist is to develop children’s soft skills such as their social, emotional, and self-confidence skills in order for the language acquisition process to unfold more organically and to have a lasting effect. More specifically, the teacher's efforts need to be channeled … Continue reading The Role of the Teacher
What does it take to be successful as a teacher? What characteristics and competencies make an educator effective in the classroom? Whether it is a kindergarten, primary, high school, or university, the ideal teacher possesses three overarching characteristics, namely - curiosity, critical reflection, and introversion. Positioned at the passive end of the spectrum, the teacher's reflective … Continue reading What does it take to be a good teacher?