Against the prejudice – How far can adverts go?

UPDATE: Below my post, you can read VinĂ­cius Nobre’s letter (he’s the president of Braz-TESOL) and, now, the reply that Open English has written. We did it! 🙂 —————————————- I must say I’m not particularly offended when I’m called a NNEST (Non-Native English Speaking Teacher). Perhaps I’m just being naĂŻve, but I don’t believe there’s…

A class, two chats, and an interview

Honestly, I hadn’t really planned to write a follow up to my previous post. However, things just seem to happen in a certain way and you have to do your best to adapt and make use of them to your advantage. I’m a strong proponent of meaningful and interesting conversation used to promote professional development….

Bottom up, top down, or upside down?

How can we expect to change education when the people in charge don’t really feel like doing much about it? Besides doing something to ease the criticism, and maybe to appease the harsher critics, why would the government want to make things really work in education? It’s a known fact that the less educated you…

Teaching for the test – based on a true story

There is a school in BrasĂ­lia that seems to be interested in approaching learning from a more ‘humanistic’ and ‘holistic’ perspective than what the current Brazilian educational system forces other schools to do so. They are concerned about arts, sports, music and creative thinking (as far as I’m concerned) than the other 99% of schools…

A portrait of Brazilian Education

Reading the local newspaper this morning, I found this piece of news that made me think yet again about the skills/characteristics of a 21st century educator IN BRAZIL. I love the discussions on #edchat every Tuesday, ideas and opinions are diverse, and discussions are really thought-provoking. However, nothing can be done unless we think globally…