Lesson Plan

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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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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Wax On, Wax Off: Karate Kid’s Lesson About Drilling

How many of you have quite unpretentiously browsed through your favorite streaming service provider looking for something and found a series worth binge-watching? How many of you spent hours and hours watching every single episode of a three-season TV series simply because it made you feel good or nostalgic? Yes, that was me some weeks …

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Science of Learning Resources to help you with Lesson Planning

If you’ve been following me long enough, you’ve probably realized that I talk quite a lot about the Science of Learning (SoL). I believe teachers and students all over the world can benefit greatly from understanding basic principles of how our mind and brain learn. That’s what SoL does. It looks at research and evidence …

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Six Science of Learning Strategies and How to Use them with Popular Online Tools

Adapted from Troika and ConnectEd Blog In recent years the area of ​​education has tried to combine some elements of cognitive sciences, such as psychology and neuroscience, with classroom practice. Several postgraduate courses, conferences, workshops as well as other events are now part of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programs and they’re likely to take into …

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50 Zero Preparation Games: A guide by Christopher Walker you need to get right away!

Christopher and I met because of social media and a bit of luck. One of us liked a post or wrote left one another a comment and the next thing I knew I realised we were going to attend three ELT conferences in three different countries together. Christopher is one of those people you can …

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5 Reasons Why You Should Flip Your English Classroom

Take a few seconds to think about your daily routine at work. If you’re a teacher, you probably go to your school, get into the teachers’ room where you might keep the materials you’re going to use in class, get the books and worksheets you need, go to the classroom and start to teach. Now …

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High or Low-tech? A collaboration with Stephan Hughes on how to teach it and (or not) tech it

Striking a balance between extensive and minimal use of technology in the language learning classroom is paramount to learner progress and sense of achievement. Jaqui Murraw”s thirteen reasons for using technology in the classroom aside (http://www.teachhub.com/13-reasons-using-technology-classroom), I advocate for a moment of less tech and more human in our day to day teaching practice. Here are …

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English ID 3, Unit 3: A Lesson Plan with Authentic Materials about traveling and cities

Hello, everyone! Hope you’re having a great Monday so far. As I know nobody really likes Monday and some of you might be using Richmond’s English ID 3, here’s the link to a lesson I prepared for my teenage group. All the instructions are in the SPEAKER’S NOTES section below every slide. Click here to …

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