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Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

It may seem cliche, this “Improvise, Adapt, Overcome” idea. It’s been a meme, it’s part of the Marine Corps. code, and I remember it from my Army days as Army 21 the ‘forward’ looking military philosophy circa 1985. It is where we are at the moment, and in that spirit, I present how I improvised,… Continue reading »

From Crisis to Opportunity

From Crisis to Opportunity: Online education and the chance to change how you teach forever Last week my university went from the 19th century (or earlier) model of education to a deep into the 21st century unknown.  Just like many other institutions we had to switch to online or distance education, and just as in… Continue reading »

Becoming More Creative

Becoming More Creative

By Wade P. Alley, MA walley@up.edu.mx Be creative! Think outside the box! Be different! Teachers and parents often exhort their kids to think and work creatively as if by magic creativity will flow.  In my professional experience, administrators and coordinators from the top to the bottom have all espoused the idea of having teachers ‘be… Continue reading »

Try This!

Do your students hate writing? Try infographics instead! EFL teachers in Mexico and elsewhere, require a certain understanding of their student’s educational background, the host country’s educational philosophy, and the vox populi of the country. In many places, some things take on more value and meaning when it comes to education in general and language… Continue reading »

How I Am Bringing VR to My EFL Classroom

How I Am Bringing VR to My EFL Classroom

guess this thing is still in an ‘Alpha’ state, which is too bad, because for me to use this effectively it needs to work without surprises, without glitches and without unforeseen ‘improvements’. It’s hard enough for a teacher to use, so just imagine what these little annoyances will do to a roomful of impatient teens and young adults who want to be amazed with technology, not frustrated by it. Yes, quite a litany of complaints, but I do hope it gets better, Mozilla, if you’re listening…?

Dawn Raid at Enginaeum: A Breakout Box Activity

Dawn Raid at Enginaeum Outpost:  A Breakout Box Adventure Link to previous article: Appliance Autopsyhttp://www.creativeinc.mx/activate/appliance-autopsy/ The story so far:  The malevolent Undeguad, minion of Pad Eeyah has forced his subjects into slavery, taken their free thought, and removed any hope of freedom and personal growth.  Now he has mounted a force against the lonely outpost… Continue reading »

Not Business(cards) as Usual

Not Business(cards) as Usual

Part I. Using THEIR  smartphones for YOUR class assignments:  Augmented Reality. The Talking Business Card Preface to this lesson:  I don’t know when I gave up.  I just did. Students busily thumbing away on their smartphones, snapchatting when they should be participating, candy-crushing when they should be reading, selfie-making when they should be communicating in… Continue reading »

TESOL Colombia Presentation: Creativity as Context

We will be off to Colombia and will be presenting on the 13th of May at the Universidad la Sabana in Chia, Colombia.  I can’t wait. Here’s what we will be talking about Creativity as Context and Objective in the EFL Classroom Our presentation material and handouts Abstract: Studies have shown that innovative teaching strategies,… Continue reading »