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The many years of teaching have led me to believe that educators need to widen the lens beyond core academics, beyond teaching the language for the sake of language. I have been influenced by Howard Gardner, Sir Ken Robinson, and Carol Dweck to name just a few, advocating that educators need to engage students’ talents and energies and release their potential so that they go home feeling they have made a difference. Academic achievement is stressed at the expense of communication, teamwork, interpersonal, initiative, athletics, organizational or creative minds skills and talents. The various articles I contributed in the world of TESOL look at teaching from a variety of perspectives. I touch on the day to day teaching issues but I also write about projects and activities which put talents on the pedestal and give students hope and belief in themselves to use in all other parts of their lives.
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