At the beginning of a New Year we usually make resolutions for different areas of our lives. As with other New Year’s resolutions, such as giving up smoking or doing more exercise, we teachers also think of  improving our language or teaching skills. These will definitely require a certain amount of self-discipline and in some cases, money. However, here are some ideas to consider that will empower you at little or no cost, and make you and your classes more interesting: A)   Students appreciate a well informed teacher, one who...

I was very happy to have been asked to write for the RichmondShare space and thought about getting started by discussing a statement some people make regarding our profession. Are teachers born ready or made? Some people claim that teachers are born ready, that this profession is guided solely by passion which I tend to agree just up to a point. Scrivener (2005:15) states that being it conscious or not, most of our attitude as teachers relies on the experience we had as students seeing our teachers back then, but choosing...

The beginning of a new year usually gets us thinking about the plans that we want to make, improvements that we wish to promote and changes that we would like to witness in our personal lives. It is therefore the perfect opportunity to devise actions to ensure growth in the professional realm too. In this first post of mine, I would like to invite you to reflect upon your New Year’s resolutions with a special focus on professional development. As English teachers, we need to constantly look for ways...

Ano novo, hora de colocar as promessas em prática: fazer dieta e começar a caminhar para perder peso e ganhar saúde. Há uma turma, no entanto, que ainda vai ter de esperar um pouco para começar outro tipo de caminhada: os participantes do ENEM 2014, que esperam pelo resultado dos exames para começar seus estudos na universidade. Neste post de início de ano, gostaria de me dirigir a meus futuros colegas – os próximos calouros de Letras, aqueles que neste momento aguardam a chance de iniciar sua caminhada profissional...