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November 26th
 by Nick Franklin
Extending the text: how to make the transition to extensive reading
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

We left this first part of this blog post facing a difficult issue: you can’t expect students to read extensively until they have a reasonable vocabulary; yet the best way to expand one’s vocabulary is by reading extensively. Here’s how we solve this enigma.

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November 12th
 by Nick Franklin
Overcoming the fear of public speaking with presentations and Pecha Kucha
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology /

A third of today’s jobs require public speaking. However, the idea of expressing oneself in front of an audience is terrifying for most people! You can give your students a vital life skill by integrating presentations into your English class.

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October 29th
 by Russell Stannard
The most effective technology for online assessment
Classroom Ideas / Digital Teaching / Teaching Materials /

This blog presents ideas on how you can assess your students in face-to-face and/or digital learning environments. We may not be aware of how much information we receive from our students when we are physically with them, but these subconscious or semi-conscious formative assessments are lost the minute we see our students through a computer screen. There are ways to compensate for this loss, and this blog will give you concrete tools that will help you to realise effective evaluations of your students' progress.

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October 15th
 by Donna Lee Fields
How to make the most of direct time with your students
Classroom Ideas / Digital Teaching / Primary / Teaching Materials /

This blog presents ideas on how you can redistribute the materials you give in either face-to-face or online classes to take more advantage of synchronous classes with your students. Assigning lower-level thinking activities outside of class is beneficial to everyone, as during synchronous classes your students are more prepared to participate in higher-level cognitive activities, and your lessons on the whole become more meaningful.

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October 1st
 by Donna Lee Fields
Importance of routines, norms and consequences for online and
face-to-face classes
Classroom Ideas / Teaching Methodology / Digital Teaching /

This blog examines the importance of routines, norms and consequences in creating strong learning environments. With these essential educational elements, students feel supported and secure and are able to learn more deeply and fluidly.

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September 18th
 by María Lera, Richmond Publishing Director
Essential materials to get Primary students back on track
Classroom Ideas / Primary / Teaching Materials /

A challenging start to the new term can be made easier with the Richmond Essential Start materials.

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