Interlanguage, Classroom Management, and New Teacher Tips – Interview With Bryan Hale

Today I transcribed an interview with Bryan Hale. Bryan has taught in Korea for many years, and currently works at Yeongam High School. He is also heavily involved in KOTESOL, a professional development group for English instructors in Korea, serving as president of the Gwangju-Jeonnam chapter. Along with some older photos from my college years … Continue reading Interlanguage, Classroom Management, and New Teacher Tips – Interview With Bryan Hale

9 Improv Activities For Your ESL Classroom

As the listening and speaking instructor at JIEI, I see great value in improv.  We can warm-up our listening and speaking faculties. We have some fun.  We engage in divergent thinking.  We stretch our creative abilities. I'm no improv expert.  While I have three classes and countless weekly workshops under my belt, I've never joined … Continue reading 9 Improv Activities For Your ESL Classroom

Effective Classroom Rules

One powerful force of classroom management is class rules.  What guidelines will direct student behavior? Several weeks ago, attended a classroom management presentation up north, in Jeonju.  One speaker shared clear and actionable insights about classroom rules. I embraced some of her wisdom but elected to ignore other aspects.  Regardless, I see great merit in … Continue reading Effective Classroom Rules

6 Tips And Mindsets For Effective Classroom Management

As a teacher, classroom management often takes a backseat to instruction and activities - as it should.  The purpose of classes is for students to learn.  However, I would argue that effective classroom management is not a second-fiddle, but rather a foundation for learning.  Students in well-managed classes often report more positive feelings toward the … Continue reading 6 Tips And Mindsets For Effective Classroom Management