Master Teaching

a blog for teachers who follow the Master Teacher

Songs & Sighs for the Season

In this season of celebration, are you or people you love facing another type of season, one of challenge or even suffering? Please join us before the throne where there is relief.

December 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ownership of Teaching

As our conversation about learner ownership comes to a close, we have some questions for you. In particular, how do you take ownership of your teaching?

November 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Partnership

What hinders some students from taking ownership? Julie Prentice encourages us to imagine the challenge from their perspective and partner with them toward solutions.

November 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ownership of Behavior

Patrick Seifer gives us food for thought about ownership of behavior in our classrooms. How can we help students take responsibility for what they do (or don’t do)?

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Who owns classroom conversations?

This week we look at learner ownership in our classroom conversations. Refining our use of questions might encourage learners to take more ownership.

October 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stifling Ownership

Melissa starts our new series with a bit of humor. Then, over the next few weeks, we’ll consider learner ownership from different perspectives, including the Master Teacher’s.

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Life after China

Bobby Parrish joins us
today with some thoughts on what it means to be a teacher who follows the Master Teacher. Drawing on some recent experiences, he encourages us to trust.

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Really Listening

In our efforts to make language practice authentic, we may need to consider our approach to teaching listening. Bradley Baurain offers some inspiring ideas and practical advice about helping students listen for understanding and also to relate.

July 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

Created with a Mind to Love, Learn, and Sacrifice

While attending this year’s TESOL convention, Shoshannah Hernandez heard about connections between affect, learning, and survival On that Good Friday, she saw deeper links between this research and a greater love. Pentecost seems an appropriate time to consider these connections.

May 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Two heads are (often) better than one

Two heads aren’t always better than one, but often they are, and sometimes, three or four are even better. Carolyn Stent explains.

May 1, 2018 · 3 Comments

It’s all in the (right kind of) details

Why do activities sometimes fail? Perhaps it’s a lack of attention to details, or as Bridget Watson explains, the right kind of details.

April 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Silence is golden

Last week we talked about letting go. One thing we may need to release is our right to talk. In fact, as Patrick Seifer explains, when using activities to teach, we may find that for teachers silence is golden.

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

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