Have you set any teaching resolutions for the new year? Or have you been thinking about things you can do to make your lessons more engaging and effective in 2024? We normally think about things we can do more of, in order to improve our teaching. But what about what we should be doing less of?

In this vlog, Rubens Heredia shares 5 teaching habits and common practices that he thinks we could resolve to ditch in the new year in order to make lessons more effective and fun. Are any of these on your own list? Is there anything you would add to the list of things to ditch? Share your ideas in the comments or on our social media, and let us know how you get on with Rubens’ tips!

Useful references

Kloosterman, M. (2023). It Works in practice: Assessment ideas for secondary or high school. Modern English Teacher, 32 (6).

Lee, T. (2020) Feedback. Who’s it for and what’s it for? Modern English Teacher, 29.

Payne, C. (2001) Cognitive Load Theory revisited: avoiding overload. English Teaching Professional, (137).

Prodromou, L. (1999) How to be a boring teacher. English Teaching Professional, (12).

Sousa, B. (2023). Clichés in ELT - how and why they may harm our performance Modern English Teacher, 32 (6).