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A Language Teacher's Journey

September 28, 2015
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“I Figure I’ll Try One Thing” – Presenting Tech Options as Opportunities Not Necessities

On Friday last week I was lucky to present to a small group of staff interested in on-line and tech options to enhance their classrooms. I was surprised any came as the person who put out our Pro-D agenda wrote … Continue reading

May 28, 2015
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Colour-Coded Visual Cards…Vocabulary Learning & Sentence Building With Ease!

This year I took on the challenge of a course – Japanese Beginner’s 11 – that I had not taught for 8 years . Wow has my teaching changed. It’s a unique course designed for students that don’t have a … Continue reading

April 13, 2015
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“Minimal Lines” – Vocabulary Review With A Pencil!

I first saw this activity done in a Gr.10 science class by educational consultant Faye Brownlie (here in my school district in Coquitlam). It was fascinating to see kids engaged in this and it worked really well to help them … Continue reading

December 8, 2014
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Best of 2014: No. 4 “How Do You Say…?” Extending Beyond the Vocabulary List

I’ll admit it. For every unit – a set of vocabulary. Used to ensure a basic set of words to discuss the topic.  My goal in this being that students have a common vocabulary with which to interact. But it’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2014
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A Year of Change…. A Year of Choice (End of Year Reflection Part 1)

What a year! It started with the usual rush in September and is currently ending with a province-wide teachers strike. Despite this unusual end to the year it has been one of amazing change – dare I say ‘metamorphosis’ for … Continue reading

March 24, 2014
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A Language Facilitator, Not a “Teacher” (or Learning to Give Up Control)

I used to tell people that I was a language teacher. But I no longer think of myself that way. My shift started in earnest this year when I was challenged, via the #langchat PLN, to let go of my … Continue reading

February 25, 2014
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Continuing the “Vocabulary” Journey – A Quick Update

I wrote recently about my ‘journey’ with going beyond the vocabulary list and the challenge thrown out by Amy Lenord (@alenord) and others to go beyond a confined set of words in a unit. My post spoke about the ‘shifts’ … Continue reading

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