Reblog: UK environment and culture for international students — AcLife

This is a reblog with some great insights for international students considering studying the UK. In the United Kingdom (UK), there is a sustainable environment in which the success rate for an international student is always high when compared to other European countries such as Germany, France and Italy. There is always an element of … Continue reading Reblog: UK environment and culture for international students — AcLife


20 years a teacher

On Thursday night I presented at the Specialist School and Academies Trust (#SSATNC14) Teachmeet. The theme of my 5 minute presentation was on the issue of staff well-being. This was a mini version of the presentation Mark Healy (@cijane02) was due to present at David Fawcett (@davidfawcett27) and Jen Lud’s (@MissJLud) TLT14, which myself and Tania Harding (@taniaf77) delivered on his behalf.


It is an idea I have returned to this half term (at our TLT14 tea party last week) which links to my theory that a happy staff equals happy students.

Simple but who knows!

I often wonder if the job of leadership is to look after the staff. The teachers you have in the building. The ones who look after your students. It appears as though the recruitment crisis will (is) start(ing) to bite sooner rather than later. If we continue to…

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Reblog – Rising aspirations met with education. — BlueFishh

The aspirations of people living in developing countries are on the rise due to an increase in internet access among the population. These rising aspirations could either be met by opportunity or frustration. Is it our job, here in the developed world, to help opportunity prevail? I’d say so. via Rising aspirations met with education. — … Continue reading Reblog – Rising aspirations met with education. — BlueFishh

Reblog – The Benefits of Becoming an International Student

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Although some courses have a mandatory year of studying or working abroad, many students fail to consider the prospect of studying or working internationally. Spending part of your time at university overseas can be an eye-opening experience and can also be of great benefit to you after graduation. For me, the prospect of career success was motivation enough to study overseas. The redeemable qualities and experience you gain after working and living overseas can actually push you ahead of your competition when it comes to applying for jobs after graduation. Here are some of the main benefits of becoming an international students.

Gaining a new perspective on the world:

Moving overseas will help to broaden your understanding of the world. Immersing yourself in new cultures, and being surrounded by new values and opinions can help you to become a much more in-tune, understanding individual. The interpersonal skills that you can…

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Reblog – Who bothers to learn English? Interesting people, that’s who. — Russell Greenwood

Who ever said that teaching was boring? via Who bothers to learn English? Interesting people, that’s who. — Russell Greenwood This is a great blog by an English teacher in Germany talking about a few of his students that have learned English, and the reasons why they did it!

Reblog – 英語小教室 ~ 如何正確唸英國地方名字  How to pronounce English place names like a local — Lived in UK Living in Taiwan

學英文說難不難,說易不易(其實這句話真有點廢😕)。 For non native English speakers, speaking English isn’t always as simple as it seems. 學懂拼音就很容易,難就難在同一個字母或一串字母,在不同的字裡發音可能不一樣。例如 wait 跟 fair 兩個生字都有 ai,但發音就不一樣。反而 wait 跟 weight 串法不同,但發音卻一樣。 You would think that if you learn the phonetic alphabet, it should be quite easy. That’s true to a certain extent, until you come across words that are spelt similarly […] … Continue reading Reblog – 英語小教室 ~ 如何正確唸英國地方名字  How to pronounce English place names like a local — Lived in UK Living in Taiwan

Cognitive Load Theory – “the single most important thing for teachers to know”

Filling the pail

Earlier, renowned educationalist Dylan Wiliam tweeted:

I therefore thought that I would take the opportunity to suggest a few articles that teachers can access to find out more.

Firstly, I have written a piece for The Conversation that provides a very basic introduction to Cognitive Load Theory (CLT), demonstrating how it applies to practical teaching problems.

In his tweet, Wiliam provides a link to a paper on the history of CLT written by John Sweller which also outlines some practical issues.

I first became aware of CLT through reading the seminal paper “Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching,” by Paul Kirschner, John Sweller and Richard Clark. This…

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