Category Archives: inspiring

Inspired in IKEA 2.0

I love visits to IKEA as, along with the scented candles and plastic bags, I invariably come away with all sorts of unexpected items. In 2008 I posted Inspired in IKEA and quickly followed it up with Inspired in IKEA part 2. I continued being inspired in on A visit to IKEA in 2010 and with Breakfast from […]

Practical Pedagogies Conference 2015

I always get excited when people invite me to speak at conferences but I was very excited when Russel Tarr (created Classtools.net and was famously attacked by Gove for using Mr Men to help teach History resulting in a mass Mr Men Twitter avatar protest in solidarity!) asked me if I’d like to speak at a conference he was planning in Toulouse. A […]

UnderstandingModernGov conference – June 16th 2015

A little bit delayed by end of term madness… On June 16th I travelled to London for a day long conference organised by UnderstandingModernGov on the subject of Primary Languages – “Successfully implement the new Primary Modern Foreign Languages curriculum”. It was great to see Janet, Sylvie, Nadine and Julie, and to meet all the delegates […]

Reflections on #ililc4

After a week in which my exhaustion was overcome by the enthusiasm of my learners, I’m finally getting around to posting about #ililc4, the cause of said exhaustion. I love #ililc. Every year, I look forward to it, and it’s especially special as I’ve flown back from Switzerland the last two years to speak there. […]

Language Learning in Focus in The Guardian

The Guardian is having a ‘Language learning in focus’  week  and the Teacher Network has been publishing articles related to news ideas and resources for language learning. There have been articles about why people started teaching languages, an interesting article on where we are and where we need to be in relation to language learning, ideas […]

Breakout! #ililc3

Just like @msmfl, I’m so excited and just can’t hide it, so I’m going to BREAKOUT!  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ll be in the UK in February to attend ILILC3 or to give its full name, the ICT Link into Language conference taking place at the University of Southampton on 9th and 10th […]

What I learned today pt3

The final session today was focussed on learning styles and preferences. Lighting – dark, small light, whole room lit Seating – at a table, on the floor, lying down, standing up Temperature – warm, cold, hot Sound – silent, music, louder noise All the above affect our learning if conditions aren’t ideal for us. Personally, […]

What I learned today pt2

I’ve already blogged about Thunks and making kids’ brains hurt which were the key ideas in this session. However, a few other things that were interesting. 1. A useful reference for philosophy for kids – SAPERE 2. When we ask questions, we’re not comfortable with leaving silence.  On average, we wait  0.9 sec before filling […]

What I learned today! pt1

I’ve already blogged three times today about the INSET today with Ian Gilbert– twice during the INSET day and once when I returned home. However, I haven’t even scratched the surface! So, here is a summary of the key points I noted from session one. “Nothing is as dangerous as an idea when it’s the […]

UPDATE – ‘TeachMeet styley thingy’ #etwpdw

Thanks to Lidija from Croatia, here are some brief highlights of the ‘TeachMeet styley thingy’ at #etwpdw, showing some of the people about whom I blogged earlier this week. Thanks to eagle eyed @joedale for spotting it!