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 … Read more

Transcript of Video 7 Incomplete or complete information?

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 … Read more

The obvious is difficult to see

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 … Read more

The British Council to the rescue

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 … Read more

Discussing our classes with visitors

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 … Read more

Contrasting conversations

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 … Read more

Motivation and lying

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. … Read more

Never . . . . . . . . phonics.

Before you read more, please think of a couple of words you would write between Never and phonics in the title of this post that reflect your beliefs about phonics. Here are words others write on the dotted line between Never and phonics: 1 criticize 2 ignore 3 teach 4 neglect 5 encourage 6 forget … Read more
Pls. read The Table of Contents and Introduction to the Audiobook version of Small changes in teaching so you can send me questions and comments.   I am attaching The Table of Contents from Small changes in teaching, big results in learning for two reasons. When the audiobook version of Small changes is available listeners … Read more
John F. Fanselow here with a big thank you to David Paul for hosting a blog for me on the LTP website.   The title of my blog is a short version of a book and videos that iTDi published in 2018 titled Short changes in teaching, big results in learning: Videos, activities and essays … Read more

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