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What makes a good teacher (and a good manager!)

ACE teacherAnyone who has read my post Blogging and the art of procrastination will know that, among other things, it took me a while to find a name for this blog.  It eventually came from my online teaching venture ACEnglish with the “teacher” bit added to differentiate the blog from the business.
Why ACE?  What can I say, I’m an 80’s kid…
Everything that’s “awesome” now, was “ace” in the 80’s and it’s one of my all-time favourite words.  Synonyms are; excellent, outstanding, first-class, first-rate, brilliant, expert… So, am I an ace English teacher? No.  Do I aspire to be an ace English teacher? Always.
After I came up with the name, I started to think about what makes an ace teacher. At about the same time, an unassuming Leicester City defied all odds (all 5000-1 of them!) and won the Premier League title in England.  What do Leicester City have to do with what makes an ace English teacher I hear you ask! Well…

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Blogging and the art of procrastination

Well here it is, after a year and a half of procrastinating, my very first post. It’s been a long time coming but finally I’ve got here!  So why the blog?

I live in a small village about an hour’s drive away from the nearest city and the very small secondary school where I am a part-time EFL teacher.  Job opportunities closer to home are few and far between which is why, when I saw someone advertising online classes I began to wonder…   Continue reading