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June 2nd
 by Karen McGhie
How to give fantastic feedback
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

We give feedback to our students every day in class, sometimes without thinking about what we are saying or what effect it might have on them. In this blog post, we look at how we can use feedback effectively and how it can benefit our students in their learning.

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May 12th
 by Karen McGhie
How to use visuals effectively in class
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology / Teaching Materials /

We all know that visuals can make the class more exciting and attractive for our students, but do we really know why? In this blog post, we consider the advantages of using visuals in class as well as the times in the lesson when they are most effective.

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April 22nd
 by Nick Franklin
Scaffolding: applied to linguistic support. Part II
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

In this second post about scaffolding in the classroom, we look at how memory works in order to make teaching with scaffolding as effective as possible. We also offer some practical ways to apply scaffolding as a linguistic support.

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April 12th
 by Nick Franklin
Scaffolding: how it applies in the classroom and its forms. Part I
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

The term ‘scaffolding’ has an interesting history, but how can it help teachers in the ELT classroom? In this first blog post, we’ll find out about different forms of scaffolding and how it can be applied to support your students.

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March 25th
 by Nick Franklin
The teacher as performer
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

Unlike actors and entertainers, teachers are on show all day, every day. We know a dynamic classroom is key to student learning, so in this blog we examine how other professionals in the public eye motivate their audiences - and find their strategies great preparation for that leading role in our lives.

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March 11th
 by Karen McGhie
Practical tips to increase emotional intelligence
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

We all know that students’ and teachers’ emotions can vary significantly between the start and end of a lesson. But how can we help students to consider the importance of their emotions more in class, as well as develop a stronger emotional understanding between teacher and students? In this blog post, we focus on practical ways to increase emotional intelligence in class.

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