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Karl Millsom

I know we should never judge a book by its cover…

But how many things can you spot wrong with this cover?

All the answers you’ll ever need. Don’t look any further than this one book. Perpetuating the idea that there is a single source for correct answers. …


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In a recent post about reading aloud, I mentioned that I generally discourage teachers from using reading aloud as a strategy in the classroom. In this post, I want to clarify that point.

First things first, if you’re teaching a play or dramatic text, then it should absolutely be read…


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As a teacher, you’re probably familiar with “modelling”.

No, not throwing on your sexiest skivvies and strutting your stuff on the teacher’s desk…

Modelling is showing the students what you want them to do by doing it yourself.

This beats just giving instructions because there is a visual and kinaesthetic…


Over the past few years, I have tried a few times to lose weight, and after starting from scratch twice over, I was having no success.

I was relatively fit when I was younger, mostly by circumstance. I would run to work everyday, I was active at work, I enjoyed…


Do your classroom rules emphasise Control or Respect?

I recently had a conversation with some teachers about rules in the classroom. I started by asking them what rules they would establish in their classrooms, and I gave them some time in groups to write up their lists before comparing and…


Intelligence has been the site of an ongoing and very vocal battle of ideas and ideals for a very long time with well respected proponents on both sides of the conversation. It is a debate that interests me deeply. …


Does this really look like the result of competence?

A friend of mine recently suggested that Trump’s sheer incompetence in almost every regard made it very difficult to take seriously any allusions to Orwellian dictatorships. How could he possibly achieve the dire heights (lows?) of such totalitarian power when he can’t even spell his tweets right? (Anyone for Covfefe)


There has long been inequality amongst EFL teachers, and it’s often even worse than it at first seems.

It feels cheap to start this article with a list of caveats, but it also feels necessary. During my career as a teacher (9 years in so far, so not a lifetime, but far from negligible), I have experienced teaching in a number of different types of institution alongside both…


We might need to change the way we talk about success.

This is not so much about using the word success, saying…


Brain Science is a very young field, but there is much to think about with regard to improving our education systems.

I was initially going to title this post “How do we learn?”. I have concluded that above all else, that is really my main interest. As a teacher and teacher trainer, I operate in the field of teaching and education, and I write regularly about these topics. …

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