Is There a Need for Creative Lessons?

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?

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Teaching English in Southeast Asia: Challenges

Challenge #1: Use of Target Language One of the major challenges the English language teacher may face is the reluctance of students to use the target language as a means of communication when they are expected to do so. For example, when asked a question in English, early learners in particular, who have already undergone … Continue reading Teaching English in Southeast Asia: Challenges

Educating for the 21st Century

In the recent decades, the development of intercultural competence and global awareness has been a key learning outcome for the higher education programs. Gradually, along with the rapid change and increasing interconnectedness of the world, international-mindedness and global citizenship has gained high priority even on the elementary school teaching agenda. In an increasingly globalized world, students … Continue reading Educating for the 21st Century

The International Baccalaureate within the Asian context

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

Bridging the teacher-student gap

When it comes to learning, I invite you to close your eyes and travel back to the early days of your learning experiences within the school setting. Picture your classroom and some of its interior, your teachers and some of their actions, your classmates and some of their reactions, which are the subjects that the … Continue reading Bridging the teacher-student gap

Teaching Philosophy

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

Effective English Teaching Methods

Whereas the previous blog post explored the overall role of the English language teacher, in terms of developing the cognitive, emotional, and social skills of pupils, in this post I am going to narrow the focus and cover the teacher's role pertaining to the development of the linguistic capabilities of students through the use of … Continue reading Effective English Teaching Methods

The Role of the Teacher

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 a good 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?