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New meanings of small changes

Dear Fellow Explorers, In these tragic times I want to point out a few obvious facts. I do this because often the obvious is difficult to see. 1. The pandemic is a classic example of how a small change can lead to big results. I mean even with strong microscopes the virus is hard to […]

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Fellow explorers, I am copying belowa transcript of one of my videos from Small Changes. Enjoy, enjoy. Transcript of Video 7 Incomplete or Complete Information John’s Narrative (0:00 to 2:23) The week before this video clip, I had introduced the students to an introduction of me, which looks like this: (0:15) John’s Introduction—Incomplete Information version […]

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Dear Fellow Explorers, Some have said that the audio on the videos is sometimes hard to follow. So I hav transcribed each one. Here is the rationale in a bit more detail. Reasons for transcribing Videos I use the word transcribe, or some variation of it—transcribing, transcribed, etc.—close to 100 times in the text of […]

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Some who use the videos that are a central part of Small Changes in Teaching Big results in learning say that their students find it difficult to understand the audio on the video clips. So I have followed my own advice! I have transcribed the videos which soon will be available on the same site […]

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Gregory Bateson is the person I am quoting in my title. Recently, one of my cheer leaders for Small Changes e-mailed me to say that his students–3rd year English majors keen to become English teachers–had great difficulty understanding the audio on my videos. My cheer leader had to spend much of each class aiding the […]

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In 1962, I was assigned to teach in a teacher training college in Eastern Nigeria. I was responsible for teaching literature and language and for supervising teachers during practice teaching. I had taught literature in English and Spanish during my own practice teaching so I was not totally incompetent in these two areas. But I […]

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In 1992, Longman published Contrasting Conversations a book about ways to discuss what we do in our lessons with visitors or supervisors or guests such as parents. It was based on this article“Let’s see–Contrasting conversations about supervision and observation.” 1988. TESOL Quarterly Vol. XXII, March. (Awarded the Malkemes Prize from the American Language Institute of […]

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In 1992, Longman published Contrasting Conversations a book about ways to discuss what we do in our lessons with visitors or supervisors or guests such as parents. It was based on this article“Let’s see–Contrasting conversations about supervision and observation.” 1988. TESOL Quarterly Vol. XXII, March. (Awarded the Malkemes Prize from the American Language Institute of […]

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In January of 2019, I taught a live on line course for iTDi dealing with my obsession: exploring teaching and earning. There were a number of teachers from around the world but the majority were from Russia and the Ukraine. One of these teachers was Alexandra Chistyakova who teaches English in Moscow. Shortly after the […]

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The juxtaposition in the title of motivation and lying, meaning cheating, not lying on the grass, probably sounds a bit strange to many of you. I hope as a result the juxtaposition has aroused your curiosity. I also hope that by the end of my blog you will understand the connections between lying and motivation. […]

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