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Coming Clean: Mental Health Issues in ELT

Update on last week's blog post - Why Students' Cell Phones belong in a Shoe Bag! https...

Feb 19, 2017

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Why Students' Cell Phones belong in a Shoe Bag!

Are cell phones a problem in your classroom?  Do you find that students are easily distracte...

Feb 17, 2017

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Chris Kelly's Biggest Surprise as a Teacher in China

As teachers, we are always proud of our students when they are successful. Being an instructional...

Feb 08, 2017

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