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Look what you missed in 2017!

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The end of a year/beginning of a new one is often a time for reflection when we look back at our triumphs and failures…

A common post I see around now is “My most popular posts in “insert year” “My top 10 posts of “insert year”
I thought about doing the same but then felt kind of sorry for the not-so-fortunate ones. So I’ve dragged my least popular posts of 2017 out of hibernation to give them another chance in 2018.

Here’s what you might have missed …

Word Art 23

At number 5, this one didn’t prove to be that popular…

Blogging and the art of determination

This post is for anyone new to blogging or thinking about blogging sometime soon… It lists some of the things I learned in my first year of blogging, what to do/what not to do, (ironically) how to boost visits to your blog and my reasons for carrying on with blogging despite my posts not going viral! 😉

At number 4 this one didn’t tickle many people’s fancy 😦

Flipped learning:  And we’re off…

“If you read my blog post back in February Why flipped learning has got me excited, you will know all about my new found enthusiasm for flipped learning.  After months of delving deeper, doing courses and webinars (including getting flipped learning certified) and connecting with people in the FL community, I’ve finally made a start :-)”

This post explains how I introduced flipped learning to students and parents at my school and includes my very first flipped learning video and accountability task.  If you’re planning on flipping this year, this could be the post for you!

At number 3, this definitely wasn’t a winner…

Google like a pro: 12 top tips

The European Framework for digital competence identifies 5 key areas considered necessary to be a successful digital citizen.  “The first one is information: Identify, locate, retrieve, store and analyse digital information, judging its relevance and purpose.  This is definitely one skill area that my students need to improve in. Whilst they are able to eventually locate the information they are looking for, they are not efficient “searchers” and often end up wading through tonnes of irrelevant information and taking far too long. This can be frustrating enough in your own language, but identifying and locating information in a language which isn’t your mother tongue, can be even more so (especially if you have a low level of proficiency.)”

This post shares 12 tips to help your students develop digital competence and become efficient searchers….

At number 2 this one was really unpopular!

Using celebrations to engage students

“Using official celebrations are a great way to engage students and discuss topics which might not be covered in your textbook/curriculum. There are plenty of them, from serious topics and recognised International Days to semi serious and downright bizarre worldwide events, festivals and celebrations…”

This post is one of my Bright Ideas posts; a tip to save you time and enhance productivity in the classroom.  Click on the link to find out how!

At number 1 this was the least popular of them all!

Collaboration: improving outcomes

Collaboration is a bit of a buzzword at the moment.  As one of the 4 C’s, it enjoys a privileged position in our (educators’) consciousness.  We know that we should be teaching our students the art of collaboration and providing them with ample opportunities to engage in collaborative tasks and activities but do we always collaborate ourselves?

I recently attended Bett Asia and met  many wonderful educators who reminded me of the importance of collaboration in contributing to all our future successes.  As educators we shouldn’t lock away our knowledge and confine our ideas to the classroom, we have to be open to sharing and collaborating to enrich our teaching and help our students achieve educational excellence.

So there they are in all their glory!  My least popular posts of 2017.  Hopefully someone out there might give them another chance! 😉

 

 

 

 

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Author: lisajwood

I am an EFL teacher currently teaching teens and adults in Spain. My areas of interest include flipped learning, student-centred learning and promoting life-long learning skills. I am also a keen advocate of using new technologies to facilitate the teaching and learning process.

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