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Critical reflection and the potentially contentious grammar diary

So I’m starting to realize how I can implement critical reflection as a teacher. Indeed, as I read more theory on teaching, this ability seems to be happening almost by itself. However, I’ve been struggling with how to create exercises … Continue reading

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Technique versus self-knowledge

Innovative teaching requires the courage to take risks and to try out lessons and techniques that may fail. The worst flops are sometimes the ones that happen on the first day of class. What a way to start a relationship … Continue reading

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Sharing personal lives with students creates a powerful “weave”

Online magazine columnist Leslie Harpold wrote that one of the keys to a powerful thank-you is to tell the reader how they fit into the fabric of your life. I’ve taught many writing lessons using an article that Harpold wrote … Continue reading

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Create powerful learning through integrated course design

It had to happen eventually. Eventually, I had to start reflecting on what this blog is really supposed to be about: the research I’m doing for my Masters of Adult Education. Until now, my blog has been a semi-weekly analysis … Continue reading

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Teacher transformed through reflective practice

I have a confession to make. Before I started pursuing this Masters of Adult Education degree in July, I scoffed at the idea of pursuing post-graduate certification. Many of my colleagues suggested I could better position myself for a full-time … Continue reading

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Mountain biking as a metaphor for life

Just like life, there are ups and downs in mountain biking Going downhill is easy and fast and fun But it’s only the exhausting uphill grind that makes the descent so gratifying. Just like life, there are bumps in the … Continue reading

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Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses

It’s that time again. I’m back on the hamster wheel burning up the last few precious days of the summer holidays preparing for classes. It’s a frantic time when teachers suddenly realize that they aren’t as prepared for school as … Continue reading

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With success there’s always more to measure

Comments from friends responding to my blog about my humbling climbing experience the other weekend have compelled me to write a follow-up entry. Last week, I wrote about how my awesome friend Tom and I had to back off a … Continue reading

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Life is a lesson in adventure, not a guilt trip

I’ve always considered myself a lifelong adventurer. Not a hardcore adventurer, but an adventurer nonetheless. Indeed, after graduating university, most of my friends started searching for “real jobs” while I worked as a landscape gardener so I could travel the … Continue reading

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Join me on my East Coast Self-Reflection Tour

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