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Last month, we talked about the innovator teacher's dilemma, and I would like to share my innovative experience with you.  I’m sure you have already heard of: Cross over teaching,  Teaching through smart boards, Flipped classrooms Collaborative Teaching Using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)  Technology and innovative methods of teaching And more Are you using all or some of them in your daily lessons? It’s widely known that the use of technology in the classroom helps to engage the students with different kinds of stimuli and, of course,...

Are you tired of listening or reading about how innovative teachers must be in the classroom? Especially now, during and after the covid-19 (years 2020 - 2021) when we were forced to reinvent ourselves and our classroom? Why are you tired of it? Maybe because it is tiring to be always looking for different ways of calling student's attention or to, at least, make them be more participative and acquire something out of it? Is this really the point? Or is it the experience? The learning? Well, we are teachers. We...

“É melhor fazer aula com um falante nativo?” -- pergunta o leigo. E hoje é com ele que vou falar. Você com certeza já deve ter visto cursos de inglês que anunciam aulas com professores nativos. Será esse de fato um diferencial? Vamos pensar aqui: se fosse o contrário e você fosse dar aula de português para estrangeiros...

As you will probably agree, inspiration comes from the most unusual places. Just now, I felt so moved by a Netflix documentary about the jazz genius Miles Davis that I had to come here and write about the lessons I believe his career may bring to our professional development as teachers.   “The Musings of Miles”: Don’t “blow” theory. Miles started his career as a trumpeter in his teens and went to Juilliard, one of the world’s most prestigious performance art schools. Despite criticizing it for being “too white”...

As a teacher educator, I continually ask myself how to most effectively prepare teachers with professional knowledge and critical consciousness to engage in meaningful work with learners. Very recently, the new Guidelines for Plurilingual Education were approved and, according to them, teachers who teach through the additional language in Infant Education or Primary must have a degree in Language or Education and if they teach a specific subject in the other levels, they must have a degree in the area they teach. Besides that, teachers must be proficient in...

É fato que estamos sempre avaliando nossas ações e as atitudes que estão ao nosso redor em nosso dia a dia. Isso pode acontecer em uma conversa com uma amiga, na fila do supermercado, ao nos depararmos com a fatura do cartão de crédito ao final do mês e mesmo ao longo da leitura de um livro. Refletimos constantemente se estamos indo de acordo com o que planejamos ou não. Decidimos, portanto, se a conversa com a amiga pode ser prolongada caso estejamos nos divertindo, se a fila...

O currículo tradicional de língua inglesa é geralmente organizado a partir de estruturas ou formas linguísticas. Nessa maneira de apresentação do conteúdo, o propósito do ensino de inglês é simplesmente a apreensão de um código, ou seja, o conhecimento sobre a língua. Para tanto, o ensino inicia de formas isoladas para formas compostos e apenas depois para textos e usos, ou seja, parte-se do princípio de que é preciso primeiro aprender as formas de expressão da língua, para somente depois, utilizá-la  (SCHLATTER e GARCEZ, 2012). Em uma proposta interdisciplinar,...

Muito se tem discutido sobre decolonialidade na educação na atualidade, mas o que é isso mesmo? A decolonialidade tem como objetivo romper paradigmas cristalizados nas relações socioculturais, político-econômicas, étnico-raciais e de gênero/sexualidade impostas pelos processos da colonialidade do poder. Por sua vez, o conceito de colonialidade do poder (QUIJANO, 2000) esclarece que as relações de colonialidade nas esferas econômica e política não findaram com a destruição do colonialismo. A colonialidade, de acordo com Maldonado-Torres (2007), se reproduz  em uma tripla dimensão: a do poder, do saber e do ser. Mas...

Interculturality is a very polyphonic word and has been used by many scholars in different ways and with diverse purposes. It is used in the Brazilian Common Core Curriculum (BNCC) which proposes an intercultural dimension and in the very recent proposal for Guidelines for Bilingual Education. The purpose of this text is to conceptualize interculturality based on scholars who defend a critical decolonizing view of interculturality (Walsh, 2010; 2018) and to connect it with our current scenario in Brazil. Walsh (2018) wrote in his book with Mignolo - “On decoloniality:...

Friday, 6p.m., the deafening bell rang. Surely there had been meetings in which “the bell issue” had come to light, but there was never enough time to actually do something about it. The empty halls were taken by running bodies who dragged half-open backpacks and screamed as if they had been held captive for way longer than their eager little bodies could withstand. As they reached door, a trail of paper notes, candy wrappers and assorted colorful things was left behind. She grabbed her bag and closed the...