On “Armchair Teacher Education”: Some observations and humble suggestions

Teaching is an embodied practice. You get your hands dirty with chalk and board markers, or by collaboratively annotating a document with your students in a Zoom room. You go around in the classroom in-between desks, receive questions, respond to students, laugh out loud together with your learners. For your own professional development, you thinkContinue reading “On “Armchair Teacher Education”: Some observations and humble suggestions”

Who is the expert? School teachers and university teachers in Swedish teacher education

Teacher education in Sweden and other Nordic countries is highly practice based. Student-teachers spend a significant amount of time in schools during their studies, engaging in teaching and other daily school activities under the supervision of school-based mentors. This is, in my humble opinion, one of the success drives of Northern European countries in education.Continue reading “Who is the expert? School teachers and university teachers in Swedish teacher education”

Blurring faces in pictures: GIMP

Many classroom interaction researchers struggle with blurring their participants’ faces in the images that will be used for publications and presentations. I am sure there are thousands of easier ways, but I use GIMP, a free image editing software that works both on MAC and Windows. I created a gif explaining the process. I hopeContinue reading “Blurring faces in pictures: GIMP”

Corrective feedback: an angel or an angle?

Do you remember the first time a teacher corrected something you said in a classroom? I do. I was 12. It was a Mathematics lesson in Gemlik (Bursa, Turkey) that was being taught in English. The teacher had asked a question. I do not remember, though, what it was exactly about. I raised my hand,Continue reading “Corrective feedback: an angel or an angle?”

Classroom-based Conversation Analytic Research

Our edited volume (w/ Silvia Kunitz and Numa Markee) “Classroom-based conversation analytic research: theoretical and applied perspectives on pedagogy” is now out! You can order the book using this link, or read it online on Springer’s webpage. The book brings together prominent classroom interaction researchers from all over the world and addresses classroom-based CA researchContinue reading “Classroom-based Conversation Analytic Research”

Final reflection on #ONL202

Being an active ONL202 participant has provided me with important insights into digital literacies, open learning, networked collaborative learning, and design for online learning. However, rather than what I learned (the course contents) in this course, how I learned is what I will reflect on in this post. The Problem Based Learning (PBL Group 15)Continue reading “Final reflection on #ONL202”

Reflection, #ONL202 Topic 4: Supporting students in online and blended learning environments

Language teachers are, according to some, cursed when it comes to online and blended learning. Many language teachers cannot fully focus on the “message” an online text written by a student gives, without an eye on linguistic accuracy. Some teachers who design online courses fall into the temptation of correcting all language mistakes in students’Continue reading “Reflection, #ONL202 Topic 4: Supporting students in online and blended learning environments”

Reflection, #ONL202 Topic 3: Learning in communities

I first learned about the concept of “Communities of Practice” (Lave and Wenger 1991) while I was reading John Hellermann’s (2008) influential book on classroom language learning. Considering a group of learners as a community of practice and applying this idea to understand how the students learn as a community in a classroom have beenContinue reading “Reflection, #ONL202 Topic 3: Learning in communities”

Instructional materials and OPENness: a reflection on #ONL202 Topic 2

The last two weeks of ONL202 has been eye OPENing in a number of ways. We have had the opportunity to gain important insights into open learning and the concept of openness. One of the interesting materials in this part of ONL202 was a podcast, which included an interview conducted by Kiruthika Ragupathi. The interviewContinue reading “Instructional materials and OPENness: a reflection on #ONL202 Topic 2”