Where am I? | Sandy Millin

Seeing my social media explode today in what I really hope and feel is a step-change in the way our society treats women and the way those women think about themselves and their relationships with others, both men and women, has prompted me to finally write a post I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

I’m 32.

I’m female.

I’m single.

I’ve never had a boyfriend.

I am most definitely not alone.

I’m a professional.

I’m a manager.

I’m a teacher trainer.

I regularly speak at conferences.

I organise teacher training at my school, and encourage and support women and men…

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Where am I? | Sandy Millin

Seeing my social media explode today in what I really hope and feel is a step-change in the way our society treats women and the way those women think about themselves and their relationships with others, both men and women, has prompted me to finally write a post I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

I’m 32.

I’m female.

I’m single.

I’ve never had a boyfriend.

I am most definitely not alone.

I’m a professional.

I’m a manager.

I’m a teacher trainer.

I regularly speak at conferences.

I organise teacher training at my school, and encourage and support women and men…

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http://ift.tt/2rrtL3K

My bookshelf | Sandy Millin

This post was inspired by Naomi Epstein’s response to Grant Snyder’s comic strip My Bookshelf. I’m going to write about books in general though, not just teaching ones – lots of answers popped into my head as I was reading Naomi’s post. Here goes…
The book I couldn’t put down

This is a pretty long list, and includes pretty much everything by Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and what I’ve read of Neil Gaiman so far (still a work in progress). Also Sharon Penman books when I was a teenager, the Cicero books by R0bert Harris I’m currently reading, the Harry Potter books the first time round,…

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My bookshelf | Sandy Millin

This post was inspired by Naomi Epstein’s response to Grant Snyder’s comic strip My Bookshelf. I’m going to write about books in general though, not just teaching ones – lots of answers popped into my head as I was reading Naomi’s post. Here goes…
The book I couldn’t put down

This is a pretty long list, and includes pretty much everything by Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and what I’ve read of Neil Gaiman so far (still a work in progress). Also Sharon Penman books when I was a teenager, the Cicero books by R0bert Harris I’m currently reading, the Harry Potter books the first time round,…

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Why should they care? | Sandy Millin

In lessons I have observed, it is often a little step that is missing that could make a real difference to the students’ engagement in a particular activity. By asking yourself ‘Why should they care?’ at every stage of the planning process, it’s easy to make little tweaks that could help students to get more involved.*

Do you recognise any of these situations?
Speaking

You ask students to discuss a question like this in pairs:

Tell your partner what you did at the weekend.

They each monologue for about 30 seconds, and the whole activity peters out after less than two minutes. Neither…

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17 things I’ve learnt in 2017 | Sandy Millin

Just because I like the title
Even though I’ve bought a flat in Bydgoszcz, one day I aim to live in Brno again.
I can bake bread relatively quickly and it tastes good.
Slow cookers are amazing, and you can make delicious soup in them.
My Polish is now good enough to teach a group of beginners.
It’s a magical thing when you suddenly start being able to speak another language without having to think about every word you say.
After a year of 10 minutes of Mandarin a day, it’s kind of possible to hear tones.
My favourite words in Mandarin are currently ‘taxi’ (出租车) because of the three…

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17 things I’ve learnt in 2017 | Sandy Millin

Just because I like the title
Even though I’ve bought a flat in Bydgoszcz, one day I aim to live in Brno again.
I can bake bread relatively quickly and it tastes good.
Slow cookers are amazing, and you can make delicious soup in them.
My Polish is now good enough to teach a group of beginners.
It’s a magical thing when you suddenly start being able to speak another language without having to think about every word you say.
After a year of 10 minutes of Mandarin a day, it’s kind of possible to hear tones.
My favourite words in Mandarin are currently ‘taxi’ (出租车) because of the three…

Continue reading at:

http://ift.tt/2D4OhYS