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Talking Teaching with Karl Millsom

Talking Teaching with Karl Millsom

By Karl Millsom
A weekly series of conversations with teachers from around the world discussing their experiences in teaching and education.
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Episode 14 – Geoff Jordan
Geoff Jordan is a Ph.D. Tutor in distance learning MA TESOL at Leicester University and a self-described anarchist.  His writing on Second Language Acquisition and English Langauge Teaching have earned him a reputation for being outspoken, and his passion for these topics shone through in this conversation.   We talked about Geoff's history as an EFL teacher and his transition to teaching at the university level and touched on a vast array of research topics in the field of language learning. This one is particularly dense, so you might want to take notes and do some additional reading when you're done watching! The links below will point you in the direction of more depth on many of the topics we discussed   Links   Geoff's Blog:   Geoff's Book, "Theory Construction in SLA":   A recent article from Geoff on coursebooks:   And his course on TBLT:   Glen Fulcher on the CEFR:   Earl Stevick's "A Way and Ways":   Works from John Fanselow:   Also mentioned: Long. M. (2007) Problems in SLA. Chapt. 3: Age differences and the sentitive periods controversy in SLA    Watch the video of this conversation on the Rebel Teacher Network Youtube channel:
September 17, 2020
Episode 13 – Sufyan Christian
Sufyan is a passionate advocate of homeschooling and alternative education, inspired heavily by the works of John Taylor Gatto and Peter Grey. He currently holds a TA position in a UK Primary School.    Sufyan is currently developing Edukate F1RST, which is intended to give all children the opportunity to identify and unlock their own version of genius by maximising their access to quality material and guidance.   We talked about Sufyan's decision to homeschool his own children and how his thoughts on education have developed as he has had increasingly varied contact with the mainstream system. We also talked about Sufyan's experience of school as a person of colour in the UK and what that experience is like today. Links   Find Sufyan on LinkedIn: You can watch the videos of these conversations on the Rebel Teacher Network:
September 08, 2020
Episode 12 – Emma Cann
A conversation with Emma Cann.   Emma works with hardworking teachers and school leaders to develop strategies to find the clarity, confidence and calm to face challenges and manage stress without overwhelm or burnout.    She helps them create healthy, mindful and productive teaching environments which allow passionate professionals to do what they love and have their greatest impact.    We talked about Emma's journey away from and ultimately back into the classroom, the work she does to provide support and motivation to teachers and the ubiquitous problem of teacher burnout.   Links   Emma on LinkedIn:   Emma on Facebook: (@emmacanncoaching)   Emma on Twitter: (@emmacanncoach)   Emma's Website:   Watch the video of this conversation on Youtube:
September 01, 2020
Episode 11 – Anita Modestova
A conversation with Anita Modestova.   Anita Modestova is a CELTA qualified teacher, psychologist and business trainer. She specialises in teaching general English to adults, low levels and also delivers seminars on how to build your career as a self-employed teacher.    Anita manages her own professional development community for teachers of English - Teachers Teach Teachers:  We talked about Anita's experience as an English teacher and occasional Russian teacher, her work in teacher development with Teachers Teach Teachers, and we looked at some of the similarities and differences between our teaching contexts, Indonesia and Russia   Links Find Anita on Facebook:  Teachers Teach Teachers:  Teachers Teach Teachers on Facebook:  And on Instagram:  The book Anita talked about is Advising and Supporting Teachers by Dr. Mick Randall: Watch the video of this conversation on Youtube:
August 21, 2020
Episode 10 – Richard Jones-Nerzic
A conversation with Richard Jones-Nerzic.   Richard is a History Teacher with a particular interest in the philosophy of history education and its relationship to epistemology and identity. He currently teaches in Switzerland and is an experienced teacher of the IB Curriculum.   We talked about the development of history as a corse subject in education and the different philosophical approaches to teaching history as well as the increasing influence of the IB curriculum and its strengths as an internationally oriented approach to education.   Links   Richard's website: https://www.internationalschoolhistor...    Richard's Youtube channel:  Schools Across Frontiers: The Story of the International Baccalaureate and the United World Colleges (which we reference in the video): Watch the video of this conversation on Youtube:
August 10, 2020
Episode 9 – Richard O'Neill
A conversation with Richard O'Neill.   Richard O'Neill is a master storyteller brought up in the nomadic storytelling tradition. Storytelling is at the heart of his culture and his professional life, where he works with children and adults alike.   Richard is the author of a number of children's books, and award winning plays for adult audiences, a number of which have been broadcast on national radio. He has been awarded 'National Literacy Hero' status.   We talk about the value of storytelling on a number of social and cultural levels, how Richard's Nomadic upbringing has affected his professional endeavours and the role of stories in education.   Links  Richard's personal website and blog:    Richard's corporate website:   Instructional Coaching with Karl Millsom: Watch the video of this conversation on Youtube:
July 24, 2020
Episode 8 – Hugh Dellar
A conversation with Hugh Dellar.   Hugh Dellar has over twenty-five years’ experience in the field and is the co-founder of the online school and training company Lexical Lab. He has co-authored two five-level General English series, Outcomes and Innovations, both published by National Geographic Learning, as well as one level of the high-school series Perspectives.    His first methodology book, Teaching Lexically, came out via Delta Publishing in 2016. Most recently, he has worked on two levels of the new Pearson General English series, Roadmap.   We talked about Hugh's experience authoring teaching materials and navigating the publishing industry as well as the value of textbooks in the classroom and the impact of the Lexical Approach on EFL teaching.   Links   English Questions Answered, a place for English learners of all levels to ask questions about English usage:  Lexical Lab, Hugh's website and blog packed with teaching resources:  Lexical Lab on Youtube:  and on Facebook:  Sign up to the Lexical Lab mailing list: Watch the video of this conversation on Youtube:
July 16, 2020
Episode 7 – Monica Kochar
A conversation with Monica Kochar.   Monica is a maths educator and teacher trainer who was inspired to be a changemaker for maths curricula after she saw the damage to self esteem caused by bad maths teaching.    Monica has worked over the years to create her own approach, drawing from many sources, which she calls Humane Maths.    We talked about the reasons that so many students have an aversion to maths and how to turn that around as well as how she works with other teachers to implement her own approach, Humane Maths, more widely.   Links   Monica's Youtube channel:   Monica's Website: Check out the video of this conversation on Youtube:
July 09, 2020
Episode 6 – Emma Hagedorn
A conversation with Emma Hagedorn.   Emma was born in the Philippines but has lived and taught in Thailand, and now resides in France, where she teaches Early Childhood in an international school. Emma's approach to teaching emphasises cultural diversity, and she truly believes that every child, is different, and every child, is uniquely amazing. We talked about Emma's career, teaching in different countries and cultures, the challenges and joys of early childhood teaching, and the role of the parent in childhood education.    Links  Teach-Connect Worldwide:  TESOL France:  Filipino Teachers in Thailand:  ESL Hub: Watch the video of this conversation on the Talking Teaching Youtube channel:
July 02, 2020
Episode 5 – Jan MacWatters
A conversation with Jan MacWatters   Jan has taught in Germany and the US and is now a teacher librarian in Texas.   We talked about what a teacher librarian is, the value and changing face of libraries and the importance of copyright laws in education. I learned so much in this one, and I hope you do too...   Links Jan's professional website https://www.thecharterschoollibrarian... Watch the video of this conversation on Youtube:
June 25, 2020
Episode 4: Simon Kitson
A conversation with Simon Kitson.   Simon is an independent Educational Psychologist and founder of EDGE Psychology, an institution established to help children and young people who are experiencing difficulties at school, especially those struggling with academic work or having behavioural issues.   Simon has over 20 years’ experience carrying out independent, evidence-based assessments of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)   We talked about Simon's work with parents, teachers and schools in supporting students with special needs, especially students with Autism, and addressed the state of the UK education system with regard to SEN.    This one was a bigger step outside of my own field than previous conversations, so it's pretty dense, and I learned a lot. I hope you do too...   Links   Simon's Website:   Simon's Videos on Youtube:  National Autistic Society Website: Watch the video of this conversation on the Talking Teaching Youtube channel:
June 18, 2020
Episode 3 – David Ardley
A conversation with David Ardley.   David is an Assistant Head at his school in Switzerland and has had a long and varied career teaching Design and consulting with schools around the world to develop their design facilities.   We talked about applied learning, the unique characteristics of Deisgn as a subject and the importance of preparing teachers to use ICT effectively.   Links   David's blog   An education journal curated by David   David on LinkedIn Watch the video version of this conversation on Youtube
June 11, 2020
Talking Teaching #2 – Heide Frank
A conversation with Heide Frank.   Heide taught for over a decade at the college level before teaching German to refugees entering German society. She also has experience teaching corporate German for expat workers and private Italian on top of all that!   We talked about the challenges of teaching students from oppressive backgrounds and the similarities and differences between teaching different languages.   You can watch the video version of this conversation on Youtube: Links   Heide on LinkedIn An Italian language website Heide contributes to Jennifer Gonzalez's podcast about Dialogue Journals Find out about the JLA Cert. TESOL, available in class and online, designed and delivered by Karl Millsom. Karl Millsom on LinkedIn
June 04, 2020
Talking Teaching #1 – Aimée Skidmore
A conversation with Aimée Skidmore.   Aimée is an educator with over 23 years of teaching and leadership experience in both public and private secondary schools in Switzerland and the U.S.   We talked about teaching in the time of Covid-19 and our hopes for the future of assessment.   Links A dedicated space for teachers from around the world to share experiences, ideas and best practices.    The home of the wonderful Jennifer Gonzalez, whose podcast should be on every teacher's playlist. Aimée's Youtube Channel, where you'll find her daily reflections, amongst other things. Find out about the JLA Cert. TESOL, available in class and online, designed and delivered by Karl Millsom.
May 28, 2020