Education

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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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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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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Bilingual Education in Brazil – Part 2: History of Education and English Teaching

Adapted from my text for PolicyBristol Blog. Don’t forget to access the first part of this series “Challenging. The Brazilian Educational System is Huge” This is written on the website of Todos Pela Educação (All for Education), an NGO that provides information about the Brazilian educational scenario in order to help boost quality and access to …

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Bilingual Education in Brazil – Part 1: What options are there?

In recent years, an important debate has been taking place on the concept of bilingual education and how it fits in the Brazilian educational system. With rare exceptions until recently, additional language learning, particularly English, was restricted to a few hours of contact a week at a regular school or in a language center outside …

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Metacognition and Learning: What can the Renaissance teach us about how to learn best?

The narrative It was a terribly cold day in April 2019 and I was incredibly frustrated at my failed attempt to drive for the very first time in the UK. About 10 minutes after I had picked up the car and started driving, I had a minor accident that knocked my left wind mirror off …

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The Origins of Mind, Brain, and Education and its Relation to ELT

There has been quite a lot of buzz around the idea of joining neuroscience and education. Many would claim that neuroscientific contributions have the potential to revolutionise how teachers teach and the impact they have on their learners’ outcomes. I myself have said that on many occasions. However, I currently believe that many of the …

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History of Learning and Learning Theories: Looking back to Move Forward

Yesterday was a particularly sad day for Brazil. It was our biggest death toll in 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic: 1726 lives were lost due to COVID-19. Many families won’t see their loved ones anymore, many friends won’t be able to hug each other when this is over. Many dreams were shattered …

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