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Sandy Millin

Technologically and linguistically adventurous EFL teacher, trainer, writer and manager

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DIY festive homework (guest post)sandymillinKatie Lindley

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:35:34 +0000

When I walked past my colleague’s desk at work a few days ago, I noticed a really interesting handout, and asked her if she would be willing to share it with the world. I’m very happy that she agreed 🙂 Over to Katie… ‘Tis the season for teachers to hand out Christmas holiday homework, and […](image)

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The things nobody teaches yousandymillin

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:15:40 +0000

It’s observation season at IH Bydgoszcz at the moment. Some of the advice I’ve given has made me think of skills that are really useful to have as a teacher, but which we are very rarely taught, or have to pick up as we go along. Here are my examples: Reading upside-down: really useful for […](image)

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Working with new teachers: first steps (IH Journal)sandymillinIH Journal issue 43 contents

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:27:30 +0000

Issues 43 of the IH Journal was published yesterday, with lots of great things for you to read: It features the first article in a new series which I’m writing, all about working with new teachers. You can read the journal online, and my article is here. If working with new teachers is something you’re […](image)

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The shy teacher’s drillsandymillinA tree in the Bornean jungle, complete with a ladder to climb it

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:46:29 +0000

On Monday my intermediate group were looking at modals of obligation, based on a text about how to become a millionaire. We had a set of sentences which I wanted to work with. They went something like this: You have to be very hard-working. You shouldn’t take long holidays. You don’t have to be born […](image)

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Classroom Management Techniques by Jim Scrivener (a review)sandymillinClassroom management techniques cover

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:46:04 +0000

This book is full of useful ideas covering a very wide range of classroom management issues. Every school should have a copy, not just language schools. It includes such useful areas as: Avoiding chaos when rearranging the room Being yourself Finding the right voice tone Helping the group to work together Training students to listen […](image)

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A story wot I wrotesandymillinHow to use the objects By Myst.ReyA picture of my notebook

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:46:33 +0000

A couple of days ago I came across a notebook I used to practise my handwriting when I was about 7 or 8. One double-page contains the beginnings of a short story, and disappointingly I didn’t finish it. In the tradition of good stories, the beginning raises more questions than it answers 😉 —— Jim […](image)

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The scaffolding continuumsandymillinThe scaffolding continuum - left has teacher managing the full activity and providing lots of support, right has students doing everything completely independentlyScaffolding continuum - with numbers 1-7 running left to right

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:47:11 +0000

I was giving feedback on an observation today when an idea occurred to me. When we plan a series of activities, particularly for low-level learners, it can be difficult to work out how much support they need at each stage. Thinking of the support we offer (scaffolding) as a kind of continuum might help. Here’s […](image)

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Lessons you can watch onlinesandymillin

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 21:34:32 +0000

For a lot of teachers, it can be hard to find the time or the opportunity to observe and learn from other teachers’ lessons. If that’s you, hopefully you’ll find these videos useful. I’ve divided them into loose categories, with a sentence or two to help you decide which are the most relevant to you. […](image)

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Stepping into the real world: Transitioning listening (PARK Conference November 2017)sandymillinPARK logo

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 14:00:21 +0000

My very first presenting experience was sharing a couple of activities at a swapshop at a PARK conference, I think in 2009. I went to every one of the PARK conferences while I lived in Brno, so it was lovely to be invited to present this time round, and to be able to do it […](image)

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My bucket listsandymillinA volcano smoking in the bottom right-hand corner. The rest of the view is mountains with a few cotton-wool clouds over them

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 07:11:12 +0000

Like Hana Ticha, I would say I’m pretty satisfied with my life, and really appreciate the good fortune I’ve had to be able to do the things I’ve done. I’ve written about this before, and I would still say that if I die tomorrow, I’d be happy with the life I’ve lived. Nevertheless, there are […](image)

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