The teenage brain: what we as teachers need to know.

Teaching English to Adolescents: An alternative platform if you are having trouble with youtube: Teaching teens: the teenage brain The teenage brain: why it’s important for teachers to understand it. During adolescence, the teenage brain and particularly the prefrontal cortex are undergoing massive development. Picture a massive and busy building site with cables and wiresContinue reading “The teenage brain: what we as teachers need to know.”

Teaching English to Adolescents Online Teacher Training Course

Teaching English to Adolescents: An alternative platform if you are having trouble with youtube: https://vimeo.com/427723364 Online Course Teaching English to Teens and Pre-Teens When we’re teaching English to adolescents, creating an effective learning environment for our kids is like building the perfect nest. Without the right conditions, healthy development of mind, body, and spirit willContinue reading “Teaching English to Adolescents Online Teacher Training Course”

Teaching English to Young Learners: Mental State Language

  In the previous video (transcript below), I introduced some ideas about the roles of a carer (teachers, elders, parents etc.) in the lives of young learners and pre-teens.  The term pre-teens refers to 9-12 year olds. These ideas have their roots in the theory of secure attachment. Through teaching English to Young Learners, partContinue reading “Teaching English to Young Learners: Mental State Language”

Teaching English to Young Learners: Anger in our Classrooms

Reflecting on Anger and Classroom Management when teaching English to Young Learners At my age, a lot of memories of being seven-and-a-half have been pruned or locked away. But this memory of being told off at Halloween has always stuck. Why should that be? In this article we look at the effects of anger andContinue reading “Teaching English to Young Learners: Anger in our Classrooms”

Free Mini Workshop: An Introduction to Drawing as a Tool for the Language Classroom

ELT Activities I’ve written this free mini workshop for English language teachers in response to my experiences running artists in schools projects and working with visual arts, community and English language learning. Drawing is a way of creating your own content and visual material for the English language classroom and a springboard for teaching EnglishContinue reading “Free Mini Workshop: An Introduction to Drawing as a Tool for the Language Classroom”

Why Everyone Should Teach Teens and Feel Lucky to Do So

Ask any teacher to react to the idea of teaching teens and there will be either a shiver of horror or the exclamation of “bring it on!”. We’re going to find out why teaching teens is a not only a deeply important privilege but how it will also improve your own brain health. We’ll look at the hormonal and neurological changes that take place, and the needs of adolescents, that if met, will make for fantastic relationships and effective learning.