JET30 Reunion: Enduring Connections

A few weeks ago I walked into the lobby of the Omni Shoreham hotel, a luxury hotel located nestled just off of Connecticut Ave NW in Woodley Park. I was there to attend the JET30 Reunion, a celebration of the JET Program’s 30th year. JET stands for Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, a Japanese governmental program … Continue reading

The Time Magazine Cover is Misleading: Here is what you should be more concerned with than teacher tenure

A few things about the November 2014 Time Magazine cover that claims that “It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.” 1) That is simply not true. Tenure is there so that if a teacher is fired they get to know why and have a chance to tell their side of the story. It’s there … Continue reading

Can Video Reinvent Education?

Salman Khan thinks so. Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects.  From

The Restoration: Part-Timers Threaten Quality of Teaching?

In response to The Chronicle of Higher Education article titled Conditions Imposed on Part-Time Adjuncts Threaten Quality of Teaching, Researchers Say a part-time adjunct responds in this blog post regarding the tactics they use in class – ones that correspond with best practices that the article highlights. While the Chronicle article primarily blames the conditions … Continue reading

The Real Voice of Japanese Students

One of the biggest complaints that EFL/ESL teachers have about teaching English in Japan is the focus on grammar and testing at the expense of opportunities for communicating.  In this video, we see that Japanese students are also frustrated and want to speak English more. About this video: The real voice of Japanese university students … Continue reading