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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.
When Michelle Ocriciano (one of our new bloggers for English Teaching Professional) started teaching, she had a 5-year degree in Linguistics and teaching, and thought she could conquer the world. She felt that she basically knew two things very well: 1) language teaching is social and 2) knowledge of how language works is essential. But the fact is that she still had many questions, and the more she taught, the more those questions bothered her. Read on to find out what Michelle discovered about the way students really learn.
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.