Teaching is not only about qualifications and experience. A common misconception is that those are the credentials that matter most but actually it’s the soft skills and ability to connect with students, which are just as valuable regardless of what the topic you teach. When we step into the classroom…


Teaching ‘Young Leaders’ academy

When I was toward the end of my High school days, life was quite spectacular. I mean, I had no responsibilities except to pass my final exams and attend class. Other than that, I did whatever I wanted. I went and socialized and partied with my friends. I had a…


‘Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment’ — Jim Rohn

Applying discipline in our lives

When you are growing up you are told to try new things. Experiment and discover. It’s a nice start and an introduction to many activities, endeavors and potential hobbies. When you turn on a computer for the first time…


Global youth leaders class

Today is the final day of the Young Leaders academy here at the camp and so I think it’s time for a bit of reflection on how the past 5 weeks have gone. It’s been quite an experience, and an opportunity to do something unique and special from the standard…


When you work at a place that serves you three meals a day, provides accommodation, and has crews that keep the whole place tidy, that significantly reduces the amount of responsibility you have. When you live in your own home you have to do the grocery shopping, cook all your…


Debate sessions with students

It’s easy to say ‘I didn’t have a choice’. It’s easy to say ‘There was no option’. When we say it we’re basically saying, it wasn’t my fault, it was out of my control and there is nothing I could have done.

When we do that, we make excuses and…


Out in the open, in the wilderness provides an opportunity to develop

Whenever there is a crisis, there is an opportunity. Instead of complaining, it is much more productive and helpful to look for the opportunity that a crisis presents. I’ve written about this before but I want to dig a bit more here. It’s of course easier to complain and it…


Innovation, Creativity go hand in hand in education in today’s world

It’s Sunday just before dinner and it’s grey and gloomy. That’s how it is in England. I check the online register to see our numbers for week four. Another week of summer camp has ended and there’s twenty five new students signed up to give ‘Future leaders’ academy a try…


ESL teachers getting ready for summer holiday courses

Ever been to a party with an empty dance floor? That party is waiting to get started, but unless someone steps onto that dance floor first, nobody else will. It takes guts to be the first, especially if you are alone, without a dance partner. Can you imagine it? Most…


Does anyone respect teachers anymore? Parents? Kids? Teenagers? Adults? When I meet someone and they happen to ask what I do, which in Europe is extremely rare, and I tell them I’m an English teacher, I get no further questions. Conversation. Dead. In its tracks.

Where’s the respect? I mentioned…

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Teaching is my passion. Writing is my hobby. Travel is my addiction. I love animals, some people, and cooking. I never stop trying

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