L1 in the classroom

Exploring learner styles: which bird are you teaching?

general birdsI took up birdwatching about 2 years ago. It’s a really relaxing hobby which, believe it or not, has helped me as a teacher. Obviously, finding a way to relieve stress is important in any job. Taking country walks and making a few new sightings of local wildlife helps me to chill out. But more importantly, as I’ve come to appreciate the differences in behaviour and personality of our feathered friends, I’ve also become more interested in the learning behaviour and styles of my students. In a rather quirky, zoomorphic way, I’ve tried to categorise some learner types in relation to birds I spotted during my walks! (more…)