Nicholas currently lives in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, teaching high school students. Originally studying editing and creative writing (before publishing jobs became rarer than hen’s teeth), he worked in various jobs from marketing and public relations, through to being an events supervisor, mental health advocate and professional blogger. One day, when his sanity had completely left him, he decided to become a teacher! He’s been working in that field ever since, first in Australian high schools and English training centres, before heading to China. He enjoys playing video games, reading crime fiction, trying to cook, keeping fit, drinking long hours into the evening, and working on his grand plan to one day marry Fan Bingbing.

How to manage students with serious behavioral issues

Teaching strategies

Regardless of who we are teaching, whether it’s students in kindergarten, primary, secondary or tertiary level, managing behavior is always involved. Inevitably, however, teachers will encounter students who have serious behavioral issues, w...

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Helping students experiencing great difficulty with English

Students

You can’t save everyone. My media teaching instructor once said this to me. It is a philosophy I strongly believe in, even if it seems a little cruel. I love teaching. Being able to change a student’s life, by teaching them somethin...

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Testing and its place in our lessons

Teaching strategies

Education should not be something that ends the moment students leave high school. As someone who believes in life-long learning, this is my belief. However, teaching to the test, an internationally recognized strategy, imposes a pedagogical techn...

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How to use video games educationally

Teaching strategies

Yes, you read the title right. Using video games as texts is the topic of this article. I realize video games are often heralded as a distraction. The trouble is, teachers spend so much time yelling at students for playing games, they never realiz...

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Sympathy versus empathy – what’s the difference, man!?

Teaching strategies

ESL teachers are continuously multi-tasking. Whether it’s giving instructions, describing new content, or planning for an upcoming meeting, there is always something on a teacher’s mind. Because of this, ESL teachers can inadvertent...

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How to get your ESL class off to a great start this semester

Classroom activities

Now that Semester 2 has started in China, ESL teachers would have been introduced to their classes, getting into the swing of teaching and trying to build connections with their students. Sometimes this can be done with a letter to the teacher, as...

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The teaching method that will transform your classroom

Teaching strategies

Embodied pedagogical approaches can work wonders in the second-language classroom. Embodied pedagogy: what is it? When undertaking my Master of Teaching, my area of academic interest was embodied pedagogy; in short, using the human body as a le...

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Are you guilty of stereotyping your Chinese students?

Students

In teaching English to second-language learners, there are many stereotypes I have come across. Some teachers I’ve met are quick to label their students. Below are just some of the stereotypes I have heard in conjunction with Chinese learner...

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How to write a killer lesson plan - GANAG

Teaching strategies

Let me share my secrets on how to write a killer lesson plan that works every time - GANAG. Those of us, who are new teachers, don’t have the luxury of reams of previous lesson plans, worksheets and activities, which proved to be effective....

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How to connect with your students

Students

Want to know how to connect with your students? Read on and I'll reveal my techniques. Sometimes, students will spend more time with you, their teacher, than they will with their parents. Teachers, after all, have a massively important role in...

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