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Where’s that video I saw the other day? I need it for my lesson.

Do you ever spend ages looking for the right picture, video or text for your lesson? I can only imagine the hours in my teaching career I’ve devoted to this!

Other times, seemingly out of nowhere, the right text, video or picture comes, and creating a lesson around it is a smooth, enjoyable process.

One thing I’ve learnt is to be always on the lookout for pictures, videos and texts that can later be used for teaching. When I find them I save them in my profile on diigo.com, which is a bit like an online ‘favourites’ toolbar, and it allows me to tag the site. In this case I tag it as ‘make a lesson with this’. That way, whenever I go back to the tag I have all the sites, videos and pictures that at some point I though would make a good basis for a lesson. This has had a tremendously positive effect.

An example of how I’ve used this is when my brother sent me a fantastic video by WhatsApp, I saved it with that tag, and came back later and built a lesson around it.

At first sight the video appears to be a car advert, but appearances can be deceptive! What’s more, this advert was banned most unfairly. It’s edgy, visual and had a great twist. Perfect for a lesson on a transport theme and puts the climate crisis centre stage.

Would you like to see the lesson? I’d love to show you so just click below to access it.

What about you? Have you found a method of finding, during and retrieving materials for lesson plans that come up? I’d love to hear your ideas so please post a comment!

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Global Issues in the Open Access TEYLT Worldwide Journal

I’m delighted to say that I have had an article published in the twice-yearly publication of the IATEFL YLTSIG.

I enjoyed the challenge of writing an article of discovery relevance to teachers of secondary-level learners in how to bring environmental issues into their classes.

There is a wealth of articles focusing on global issues and the publication is a great read.

I’m really impressed too that the young learner teachers special interest group have made their publication open access due to the current circumstances.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee, put aside everything and sit down for a quiet read! Access the IATEFL YLTSIG group here: https://yltsig.iatefl.org/resources/

The magazine can be found here:

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Could teachers be the climate game changers? — Institute for Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene

Schools must empower them to embrace their roles as teachers of climate change and climate justice. Rachel Forgasz · 6 min read Original article here Given the grossly inadequate climate policies of successive governments in this country, it should not come as a surprise to learn that there is no official mandate for Australian schools to teach the […]

Could teachers be the climate game changers? — Institute for Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene