This is my first blog entry in about 10 months. The other posts before this one were imported from my other site that I decided to close due to technical reasons. My promise I am not making an oath, but I solemnly promise (myself and my audience) that I shall take this blogging exercise seriously. I believe I have a… Continue reading After several months of repose, here I resurface
Is it just a wave that will die over time? I can see a good number of us (for whom digital technology is a foreign culture) cringing at the sight of the word technology. But there is no need to fret: teachers in the 21st century should be prepared to learn from their students especially with regard… Continue reading Teaching, learning and the digital revolution
Of disclaimers and keeping the peace in the classroom This tagline became very much alive in my teaching experience. There are no boundaries in terms of what topics can arise during discussions in a language class. If we have to inspire our students to be as imaginative and creative as possible especially with regard to creative writing, then it… Continue reading Warning! The following content might be harmful to sensitive audience.
This one is about autonomy in the classroom. Is it a given? The most memorable lessons in my career as an English language teacher were those that involved lots of talking (by students) and playing language games such as Scrabble and crosswords from Drum Magazine. Somehow I had managed to get away with the "mischief" until one fateful day...… Continue reading Caught red-handed and Pleasantly Guilty
Who are my students? To answer this one I had to answer the “who am I” aspect first. Maybe there is some irony in this..."As I learnt how to teach, I learnt who I am." Well, teaching developed my character .When I look back now I see how crucial it was that I had to… Continue reading Who are my students?
Got the qualification! Ready to deliver! I still don't understand why no one had told me the qualification was just a license to allow me into the classroom. To practice and play the role a teacher is entrusted with I needed more. First I was frustrated. I had never imagined students who could not speak… Continue reading Welcome to the classroom