Teaching Tips

The Gorilla in the Classroom

The Gorilla in the Classroom

Before reading the following blog please take a look at the video below and follow the instructions it gives. The selective attention test shows how,

The Sawyer Effect and Motivation

The Sawyer Effect and Motivation

For those of you who don’t know the story of Tom Sawyer white washing the fence you can read it here. In the story Mark

Hard Fun

Hard Fun

Have you ever done something where you looked up afterwards and thought “where has the time gone?”; an activity that you found incredibly challenging but

The Fluent Fool in EFL

The Fluent Fool in EFL

Many EFL classrooms around the world are filled with what Bennett calls fluent fools. While these students are often very gifted in the English language,

Bright Spots in the Class

Bright Spots in the Class

It is sometimes too easy for teachers to see the bad behavior of their students. We can notice a student who is distracted, or not doing

First Order Rules and Instruction

First Order Rules and Instruction

Teachers often struggle against becoming the “Sage on the Stage”. This post will look at one of the areas where the sage takes center stage

What’s Fun?

Fun is a word that we as teachers hear a lot. Whether it is from students who are moaning at the lack of it in

Games and Activities

A presentation once asked the question, what is the difference between a game and an activity in an educational environment? The presenter went on to

The Achiever in the Classroom

Richard Bartle defined 4 types of players and how they enjoyed playing MUDs (precursors to MMORPGs). For a discussion of how these types map to

Over-succeeding

As teachers we want to see our students succeed. We want to see them accomplish the tasks we put in front of them and answer

Better Homework Different Homework

Three people walk into a doctor’s office. The first person has a headache. The doctor hands him two aspirin and a glass of water. The

Student Choices In The Classroom

Sid Meier defined a game as “a series of interesting choices”. If what makes a game interesting are the choices that are available in it,