SHORT SEMI-ACADEMIC ARTICLES:

British Council – Tabula Rasa – Entering the Classroom With a Blank Mind

Incidental learning and Inquiry-Based Learning are important because they give your students a certain amount of freedom, but what happens if you do not have a plan at all? Have you ever gone into the classroom without a clear plan of activities? Keep on reading to see how I managed to pull through a lesson like this.

British Council – Think Like a Teenager – 10 Methods to Motivate Teenage Learners – FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK IN JANUARY 2020

Teenagers can be notoriously difficult to motivate. Yes, that’s true. Instead of playing the blame-game and figuring out who is to blame for their lack of engagement, we should try to observe the world from their perspective. We were once teenagers, and we need to use that experience to engage and motivate our students.

10 methods to motivate teenage learners

British Council – Online Professional Development – Experiences, Quality and Current Opportunities – FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK IN NOVEMBER 2019

The idea of online professional development has been lingering in the world of education for quite some time, and yet a lot of teachers seem to avoid it in my country. What is the reason behind that? Read on for some advice and links to current online PD opportunities. 

Article was also listed in the featured selection of articles for September and October 2019 on British Council Teaching English

British Council – Contextual Grammar Teaching – Activities for Making Grammar Meaningful to Your Students – FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK IN OCTOBER 2019

How do we develop a learning environment where the grammar is learned through exploration without burnout? Keep reading for example activities of thematic contextual grammar activities that develop the four language skills simultaneously.

British Council – Differentiating Assessment – Because One Size Does Not Fit All

Assessment represents a gray area for all teachers – we constantly fear that we haven’t fulfilled the learning objectives, and we ponder on the things we could have done differently. If we take a step back and think about it, we will conclude that we have to individualize the assessment and create a differentiated classroom.

British Council – Start Your Journey to 21st Century Education with Geo-Inquiry – FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK IN JULY 2019

Article was also listed in the featured selection of articles for July and August 2019 on British Council Teaching English

21st century skills are not a new concept, although, at first glance, these skills sound otherworldly and virtually impossible to develop. Many teachers shiver at the very thought of implementing them in their classroom. Let’s warm-up together and start using them daily with these easy steps!

British Council – Classrooms Without Borders – FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK IN JULY 2019

Can we really spin the globe and jump in into the unknown in our classroom? Or has the administrative part of our job won and silenced our creativity?

ACADEMIC RESEARCH:

Developing 21st Century Skills Through Theme-Based Instruction and by Applying Multiple Intelligence Theory: Teacher Competencies

Published in УЗДАНИЦА; 2019, XVI/2; стр. 235–251, December 2019
The paper was presented at Professional Competences for Teaching in the 21st Century conference at the Faculty of Education in Jagodina, University of Kragujevac.

Abstract:

The paper provides a methodological overview of the framework, which aims to establish the language of instruction from first to fourth grade, as well as to improve the current pedagogical practice in teaching foreign languages in general. During the planning of theme-based teaching units, in correlation with the content of other subjects, an innovative English teacher should aim to develop the 21st-century skills and try to select the resources for the class by applying Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. Besides the proposal of the framework with concrete aims and principles, interactive methods for teaching, such as the use of digital technologies and project work, are presented in the paper as well.

21st Century skills are essential when it comes to education for sustainable development and lifelong learning. In this paper, they appear as the development of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory is the basis for the use of a variety of teaching resources. Such diverse means mentioned in the activities have application not only in learning the language but also in the development of hearing, gross and fine motor skills and acquiring knowledge from different fields. The aims of using Gardner’s theory and development of 21st-century skills are connected, represent an inseparable unity and complement each other.

The activities of theme-based teaching units are described and analyzed through the main principles of the framework. Each activity develops a certain skill of a young speaker of a foreign language, taking into account the integration with the rest of the curriculum, the development of communication and learning autonomy. The paper concludes that this versatile approach continues to influence the development of teachers almost as much as it affects the child’s development and development of language. Through innovative curricula, teachers indirectly and unobtrusively apply for a self-directed professional development program, precisely through improving the practice itself. The work motivates foreign language teachers to cooperate with colleagues from other areas to create a thematic based curriculum and integrate higher education.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

1. Developing 21st Century Skills Through Theme-Based Instruction and by Applying Multiple Intelligence Theory: Teacher Competencies Professional Competences for Teaching in the 21st Century conference at the Faculty of Education in Jagodina, University of Kragujevac.

Conference programme

2. Presenting at EdmodoCon 2019 in Miami – From Blended to Distance Learning – Engaging Large Student Groups Online

https://aliceinmethodologyland.com/2019/12/13/edmodocon-2019-miami-short-reflections-of-the-presentations/

3. Facilitating a workshop at Digital Learning Day in Miami – Applied Blended Learning in Your Classroom

4. ELTA YL SIG day – Facilitating a workshop about introducing new songs in English to very young learners.

ELTA YL SIG DAY conference programme

Upcoming conferences:

27th Annual International TESOL MTH, Northern Greece Conference

Representing ELTA and facilitating a workshop about using interactive drama in the EFL.

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