The Pearson International Schools Community aims to connect international teachers from around the world. With over 3,240 members and nearly 200 available resources, we would like to share some of our favorite articles to help you in your professional development as English teachers.
1. A guide to bullying at school for teachers
Bullying can occur in any classroom at any time and despite our best efforts as teachers it is not always easy to recognize.
The article offers an overview of the different types of bullying – verbal, social and physical. This helps teachers know what to look out for and what they can do to help their students.
You’ll also discover advice on what to tell students if they are being bullied or have witnessed it.
2. Using mindfulness to deal with exam stress
Mindfulness is being used as a tool in classrooms all over the world to help with stress and anxiety. Through breathing exercises and guided meditation, students are becoming better equipped to face the challenges of exam stress.
Expert Amy Malloy tells us how students can calm their nerves before an exam, and what an English test and a lion has in common.
3. Teaching Online: The keys to success
Teaching English online is rapidly growing in popularity. Allowing you to teach students all over the world from the comfort of your home, it offers many advantages. However, it can often be challenging to keep students motivated and engaged through a computer screen.
Mickey Revenaugh shares her advice on everything from setting up your classroom to building rapport, discipline, and engagement. This advice will help you feel more confident teaching in front of the camera.
4. Supporting your students with revision planning
No matter the subject, all our students worry about exams. While we can help them prepare during class, it’s up to them to take responsibility when they are at home.
This guide is full of tips on how to improve recall, and manage time and energy levels before an exam. It also features great advice on how to use flashcards and note taking to help your students retain the information they’ve learned.
5. From ELT to history
Thinking of changing from English language teaching to another specialized-subject such as history, geography, or maths? Nick Thorner shares his experience of doing exactly that and explains how valuable ELT was in his new found career.
He was able to use his skills in paraphrasing, drilling, and eliciting when teaching students whose first language was not English. Nick leaves us with the idea that the essence of all good lessons is essentially the same, regardless of the subject!
6. Three experts share their tips for using social media in teaching
Do you use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in the classroom?
Three experts talk about how social media can be used to enhance your lessons and aid learning. From the sharing of ideas to subject-specific hashtags to encouraging conversation, perhaps we could all use a little social media in the classroom.
7. Maintaining engagement with students
With a range of levels and abilities in one class we don’t always give the same attention to all our students. How do we know if we’re really connecting with them?
Team work, free speaking and pop culture are what Nell Shotten suggests to engage with learners.
8. The kind of teaching that makes a (good) difference
Jack Wildeman, Academic Director of Hull’s School in Switzerland, explores the idea that whilst solid subject knowledge and relevant experience are necessary, it is passion and genuine enthusiasm for a subject that are most needed in schools.
The student has to feel the teacher cares deeply about their subject and whether each student is actually learning it.
9. Metacognition: Why we should all care
Metacognition is the process of thinking about thinking and more specifically thinking about our own learning. Oliver Omotto talks about teaching students to reflect on their own learning styles to feel more empowered.
Discover strategies such as setting goals, mind mapping, think-pair-share, thinking journals and thinking hats to help students become more independent learners in this thought-provoking article.
10. A ‘restorative practice’ approach to behavior management
Do you have problems with behavior in the classroom?
This article tells the story of one school’s approach to transforming student behavior.
Restorative practice aims to build relationships between teachers and students, maintain a positive atmosphere, and reduce friction in the classroom. It involves asking six questions such as ‘what happened?’ and ‘how can we do things differently in the future?’ to help modify children’s behavior without punishing it.
11. Teaching students with autism: Strategies for the international school classroom
One in every 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but many teachers feel they are not well-equipped to deal with the challenges of autism in the classroom.
Autism expert and assistant head teacher, Stacey Melifonwu, tells us more about ASD and the strategies you can employ to be inclusive of all your students.
Read more in this interview post Teaching autistic students: Strategies for the international school classroom.
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