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What do you do when your carefully planned class gets interrupted by students taking the conversation in new and different directions? Chiara Bruzzano reflects on the benefits and drawbacks of relinquishing some control and deviating from the lesson plan to allow for spontaneous student interaction in the classroom.
Language teaching is a particularly demanding subject and can drain teachers emotionally. Teachers are often concerned about students’ wellbeing, but tend to neglect their own. After the holidays in December, January is often seen as a good time to reflect, make some New Year’s resolutions and map out the year ahead or new term. So, if one of your resolutions is to take better care of yourself (or should be!), read Michelle Ocriciano’s straightforward tips on how to improve teachers’ wellbeing.
In our main feature, Martin Bastkowski outlines his vision for more efficient teaching, in which simple techniques and routines save time and effort on the part of teachers, thus freeing up more opportunities for learning and allowing everyone to focus on the job in hand, rather than wasting time hunting for old worksheets or trying to remember activities used successfully in the past.