Let’s talk about football!

Vergangenen Dienstag beim #EDchatDE (Bloglink) haben wir uns über Unterrichtsideen für die Zeit vor Ferienbeginn ausgetauscht. Da ich das Thema Fußball-EM in Englisch machen möchte, habe ich in die Runde gefragt, und prompt hat eine Kollegin auf Twitter eine Frage gepostet.

Es handelt sich um eine tolles Fußballvokabelheft das bereits 2014 veröffentlicht wurde, aber jetzt natürlich durch die Fußball-EM aktuell, für Deutsch/English, Französisch, Spanisch, Italienisch und Portugiesisch:


Ich habe es gleich am nächsten Tag ausprobiert. So schnell geht es manchmal im Schulalltag!

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Was passiert, wenn jemand Flipped Classroom bei einer Lehrprobe verwendet

Wenn man darüber nachdenkt, es ist wirklich verrückt, wie sehr unser digitales Leben von Impulsen von Außen bereichert wird. In meinem Fall, erhalte ich – oft mehrmals in der Woche – zahlreiche Ideen von Kolleginnen und Kollegen über Twitter, Facebook und Blogs usw. Absolut verrückt, dass eine Wortmeldung, Gedanke, oder Frage mich auf die Idee bringt, etwas in meiner Unterrichtspraxis einzubauen und auszuprobieren, um auf diese Weise das Lernen für meine Schülerinnen und Schüler zu unterstützen.
Als ich vor zwei Wochen mir eine Aufnahme eines Interviews mit Sebastian Schmidt (flippedmathe.de) auf youtube zuschaute, fiel der Gedanke, oder besser gesagt die Frage: Was passiert, wenn jemand Flipped Classroom bei einer Lehrprobe verwendet. Möglich? Machbar? Gerne gesehen?

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What happened when I let my class prep questions for their English test


Like many other educators, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to best help my students prepare for tests. While I do not teach to the test, I try to make sure we cover all ground possible. I post videos to my youtube channel, I post links to learning apps and online exercises on Quizlet and I  connect with them outside of the classroom via whatsapp, email, sms, fb etc. I’ve explained how to prepare for tests, I’ve coached and urged them to practice writing and learn vocabulary and I’ve given them practice sheets. For their last test of the year, I decided to take a novel approach 2 weeks ago. Here’s what happened when I challenged my students to prepare questions their own test.  „What happened when I let my class prep questions for their English test“ weiterlesen

Using twitter in the classroom: Brave New World!


I have been an avid twitter user personally and professionally for a very long time and since becoming a full-time educator I have benefitted from the platform ENORMOUSLY as a source of inspiration and way to connect with MYRIADS of fellow educating professionals worldwide. It truly is my preferred social platform. But not until now have I had the idea to use it for English class, thinking it might be too complex for 14-year olds to wrap their heads around. Still, I was intrigued by the idea and decided to try. After researching a bit on how others use twitter in class, I prepped a lesson around my favourite communication network. Here’s how it went … „Using twitter in the classroom: Brave New World!“ weiterlesen

Personalised learning is all around us – even at a Star Wars exhibition!


(screenshot courtesy Star Wars Identities Exhibition: http://www.starwarsidentities.com/hero/en-ca/5712749a94e3d)

If you are an educator like me, then you know the feeling. Your “on” button is activated 24/7. Your teacher brain never really goes off. You not only devote hours in your “free time” to correcting, preparing and reflecting, but also find countless sources of inspiration in the things you experience outside of the classroom. You get ideas for lessons at the supermarket, while watching TV, gardening, playing music or during drinks with friends. I got a serious jolt of inspiration after experiencing the Star Wars Identities Exhibition yesterday at Vienna’s Museum for Applied arts. It was a fantastic demonstration of how personalising learning can provide something uniquely engaging.

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Paper and the 21st century classroom

Do you have any idea how much paper you use in a school year? I found out this week. Our principal circulated a memo kindly reminding us to be mindful about printing and copying too many sheets. He invited those who wanted to know what their personal consumption was to get their stats from him privately. I mean, those of us who are active in education know the realities of teaching. There are worksheets, test sheets and forms, just to name a few instances of paper use. Exam papers have several pages, and get longer in the upper levels. And if you have several classes (each with 25 students) that means a lot of printing and copying, right? Unavoidable but necessary? How much paper should an 21st century educator use for the classroom?

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Personalizing Learning

This is truly an exciting time to be an educator. These past few days and weeks have been a delightful crazy-and-busy blur. I’ve been privileged to travel and meet with educators and learners in different places and see how individuals are innovating left right and centre! This week I had the opportunity to sit in on a meeting at European Schoolnet in Brussels, where the Interactive Classroom Working Group has put a spotlight on Personalizing Learning. It was a compact, intense 2 days of sharing experiences and discussing strategy and ways of working going forward. How can personalized learning be fostered in the classrooms of European schoolchildren? What we saw and heard helped us to find answers to these questions.  „Personalizing Learning“ weiterlesen

How attending an Apple conference transformed my teaching

It’s been about a month but I am still glowing from what I experienced at the Apple Education Leadership Summit in London on 20 January 2016. It’s hard to describe what I saw and heard at the summit without using too many superlatives. It was extremely well-organized and coordinated. It was inspiring, eye-opening and transformative. It was future-oriented and full of practical recommendations. A meeting of the minds and hearts at the highest level. Following the ingenious motto: „Create. Change.” those who were there had the chance to reflect on what we’d like to transform in education and why. The focus was always on us educators being courageous, creative and innovative when we design transformative learning experiences for our students. As the eLearning and eLSA Coordinator at my school RGORG Anton-Krieger-Gasse I was lucky enough to be invited to this conference, which had a few hundred educators from across Europe in attendance. It was a single day in January, but it immediately impacted my practice and teacher persona, in primarily three ways.

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Combining Challenge-Based Learning with Genius Hour to create Magic in the classroom

I hope you’ll forgive the extra long title to this blog post. I’m still full of good vibes after the 4th class English lesson this past Friday. Everything came together and worked better than I had planned, which is a welcome surprise especially since I tried 2 things I had always wanted to try but hadn’t had the chance to do before.

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Moments that transform

Although teaching is really hard work I feel so privileged to have what I consider to be the best job in the world. We teachers live for the special moments. When you end a lesson where everything went well. Where you connect with the learners. When you leave the classroom where both you and the learners look forward to the next time. There were three special moments in my week last week but the one that gave me the warmest glow was an English lesson in my 4th year class.

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