In this section, you will find a number of blog posts, which have been written to help you develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher in the professional practice 'Taking responsibility for professional development'. From newly-qualified teachers to those with many years of experience, the blog posts you will find here are practical, insightful and full of ideas to support your ongoing professional development.

02 Apr 2020

The current situation has changed everything and nothing.

27 Oct 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...

09 Sep 2019

In early 2018 I came across a job opportunity that looked really interesting! However, it also meant moving out of my comfort zone…   ...

16 Jul 2019

21st century skills are not a new concept, although, at first glance, these skills sound otherworldly and virtually impossible to...

06 Jun 2019

A view from the inside on observations.

07 Oct 2018

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog named Invest in yourself tipping other novice teachers on how to pursue professional...

05 Oct 2018

Research is an inherently human trait! Human beings are naturally inquisitive.

12 Nov 2017

How has teaching changed over the centuries and what is happening which is specific to ELT today? In this blog post we will take a look...

25 Oct 2017

This blog post looks at the Director of Studies role; what it's about, who is suited to it, and how it could be a great way for a...

25 Oct 2017

Being in a classroom for the first time was one of the most terrifying experiences I have ever encountered. But, 20 years later, I am...

02 Oct 2017

The challenges a young teacher faces and how to cope with them.

27 Sep 2017

When we first start teaching it feels, in the words of the teacher educator, Rick Smith, ‘like trying to fly a plane while building it...

27 Sep 2017

The world of TEFL has developed a lot over the years and along with this so have related courses to help you develop your TEFL career...

14 Sep 2017

Welcome to September. For those in the Northern hemisphere, hey ho, let’s go; for those in the Southern hemisphere, it’ll be summer soon...

05 Sep 2017

Are you a teacher? If you are, then you’re probably a materials writer too.

27 Feb 2017

This blog post by David Petrie looks at three simple steps involved in action research.

17 Feb 2017

2016 was quite a year. It started in the tropical climes of Gabon at the helm of a small language school operation and assisting EAL...

12 Jan 2017

A post about an alternative method of teacher collaboration and observation that benefits both the teacher and the learners.

22 Nov 2016

In my experience of both managing and being managed in multiple and varied situations, I have come to collect some useful tips, which I...

08 Sep 2016

How has your career changed and what has influenced that?

Inspired by a webinar by Lizzie Pinard, I’m going to do a bit of time...

04 Jul 2016

Most materials writers start their careers as teachers, sometimes moving into teacher training as they gain experience and maybe...

29 Apr 2016

Reflection has without a doubt been one of the major driving forces in my career as a language teacher.

29 Apr 2016

I know that I am very privileged to be the Director of Studies in my first year at an established school, which has one of the best...

10 Mar 2016

I wonder how many people reading this feel as though they have time and space for proper reflection.

05 Jan 2016

There is lots of concern about teachers motivating their students, but I sometimes find I need to motivate myself first.

28 Sep 2015

Teachers often get asked how is it that they decided to be teachers, and I am no exception.

02 Dec 2014

Well, let's start saying that teaching is not the easiest job in the world.

28 Nov 2014

I am the Director of Studies at International House Sevastopol, and one of my responsibilities is to plan the programme of Continuing...

27 Nov 2014

What exactly is action research?

19 Apr 2014

It must be difficult for new teachers starting out.

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