André Hedlund

André Hedlund is a Chevening Scholar from Brazil, MSc in Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol in the UK, and a pedagogical consultant for National Geographic Learning. He has been an EFL teacher for over 15 years and has worked both as an academic coordinator and a CamLa (Cambridge and Michigan Language Assessments) examiner at a Brazilian Binational Center. Currently, he is the president of an ONG called Partners of the Americas Goiás and the representative of the Brazilian TESOL's Mind, Brain, and Education Special Interest Group in the Midwest.

An Invitation to Individualism in the Tech Era: What comes next?

“What I witnessed as a mentor was fatigue, mental exhaustion, hopelessness, lack of support, working overtime like never before, apprehension, and frustration. Many teachers fell back on what was safe and simpler. They made slides and lectured. Some simply gave up asking questions as many students would either be absent or not say a word and that became a habit. Suddenly, shared spaces disappeared and became tiny individual squares on a screen. Each person in their own bubble, in their separate world.”

Reflections on Education. EPILOGUE – Hey! Teachers! Leave them Kids Alone

This is the conclusion of a three-blog series about education. The idea is to discuss some current views and basically make you reflect. Don’t forget to check out the prologue and the apologue before you read this. Walls everywhere Unlike the parallel universe version of me, who could travel through dimensions, who was not limited …

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Reflections on Education. APOLOGUE -What if…? Learning in an Alternate Reality

This is the second post of a three-blog series about education. The idea is to discuss some current views and basically make you reflect. Don’t forget to read the prologue and the epilogue For those of you who follow me, this post is going to be quite different. If you go back to the previous …

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There’s no Magic Formula but the Science of Learning can help

About 6 years ago I became obsessed with finding some sort of magic formula of what a successful lesson plan should look like. I got into neuroscience trying to find answers to how our brains learn and what we should be doing as teachers to make learning more effective. But do you know that feeling …

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The Five Pillars of Language Evolution – and Why we Mustn’t Neglect them

I’m privileged to say that I’m part of a team of lecturers who is qualifying the first generation of bilingual education professionals according to the demands of recent legislation – yet to be approved – recommended by the National Education Council of Brazil. In this 120h course, our aim is to discuss important subjects about …

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Four Japanese words, Minimalism, and Innovation: What about ELT?

Komorebi (木漏れ日) Imagine getting out of bed, putting on a hoodie – because it’s a little chilly – and walking out the door. You can hear all types of birds chirping, insects singing their melodic tunes, the wind gently blowing the bushes. You’re in a hilly area surrounded by plants and the early morning dew …

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Reflections on Education. PROLOGUE – Making Thinking and Learning Visible

This is the first post of a three-blog series about education. The idea is to discuss some current views and basically make you reflect. Don’t forget to read the apologue and the epilogue Many teachers in Brazil are going back to class this week and a major concern they share with school managers, policymakers, parents, …

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Language, Thought, and Time Perception: How far-fetched is the movie Arrival?

Written by André Hedlund and Rodolfo Mattiello The idea that multilingualism develops cognitive potential and influences perception is well explored in the specialized literature. Linguists and cognitive scientists have long proposed the notion that language determines thoughts or at least shapes them depending on how adept they are to the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis (Boroditsky, 2001). Several …

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Learning Cosmos: A Conceptual Framework to Understand your Learner’s Universe

I feel incredibly accomplished. Yesterday, as I was checking my email, I noticed I had a package waiting for me. It had been delivered by Livraria Disal and I knew exactly what it was. As a matter of fact, I had been anxiously expecting that email and that package. The package had 5 printed samples …

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