Don’t Fear the New School Year, Embrace it!

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by Katherine Reilly

Each year, September is literally a time which stresses teachers, parents and students alike, as it is the beginning of a new period in their lives in which all aforementioned parties must adjust to their newly assigned daily routines. Those lazy summer mornings are now a thing of the past; families try to keep up with their schedules, teachers are still trying to learn all their kids’ names and above all, everyone has to play their part for a productive school year to come to fruition.

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The Secret Life of a Homeschooler

This is a post for my kids from summer class. Before our lessons came to an end, they worked on a project that had to do with the topic of homeschooling. Most of my students expanded on the issue and were mostly negative towards it, citing the drawbacks that came from this educational approach. Here, however, we can examine another point of view…

TED-Ed “Sharing & Inspiring”

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TED-Ed event “Sharing & Inspiring” (Sunday 10th June 2018)

It is with great pleasure, that I introduce you all to these wonderful students. These bright young minds, shared their ideas with the rest of the world, inspiring us all to become better. Well done everyone! You’ve made us very proud!

Below, you’ll find the links to their videos. Enjoy!

Martha, Evelyne H., George, Keida, Georgia, Evelyne S., Aggelos, Helena, Helen, Konstantina, Dimitra, Vaggelis, Anna, Aris, James

Rote Learning vs Critical Thinking – Memory or Intelligence?

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by Katherine Reilly

Throughout history, numerous methods of teaching have been adopted in class; the most controversial of which, ‘Rote Learning’. Why is this method of teaching despised by modern educators? Does it have any merits? Should it be abolished completely? Below, we will examine the aspects of this teaching method as well as evaluate the benefits of modern teaching techniques such as the development of critical thinking.

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Why Learning English is Necessary Today

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by Katherine Reilly

December is finally here and some of my students are taking their exams soon. One of the questions I asked them during their final preparation is “Why are you studying English?” Some looked at each other, while the bolder ones answered, “To get a job.”

To some certain extent, that’s actually true. However, landing a job isn’t the only reason to get yourself better acquainted with this language. English is THE Global Language and knowing how to use it, is the key to many opportunities in life. Continue reading “Why Learning English is Necessary Today”

Social Media & Teaching? Count Me In!

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by Katherine Reilly

Gone are the days when we used to write on the board with chalk, or had to carry cassette players with us in class. Bringing a television with a VHS Player once or twice during the school year (yes, I’ve experienced that) was our only ‘exposure’ to any source of visual material. How things have changed…

Education has made huge leaps the past decade, all thanks to the outburst of Social Media. Many teachers are hesitant to incorporate the benefits of this powerful medium in class, as Social Media is often associated with many negative factors such as distractions, lack of face to face interaction and so much more. However, if used wisely, a teacher now has the most powerful tool in his hands, one which can boost a student’s learning experience to a whole new level.

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Being a Teacher and Loving It!

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Photo by Cristina Allosi

After a tiring day at school, I get out of my car with 2 bags of books in one hand, while holding my students’ tests closely to my chest in the other. I awkwardly attempt to unlock my apartment door but fail miserably as my belongings slowly slip out of my hands.

Books and papers fall on the floor as I make one more attempt at unlocking the door. I’m home at last! Now, to get to work again!

The first thing I do is prepare a warm mug of chocolate milk, turn on my computer and check my books. Have to start correcting those essays and tests as quickly as possible.

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