The Lives of Teachers

The Lives of Teachers

Darren Elliott has been teaching English for ten years, mostly in Japan with a stint in UK higher education in the middle. He has taught at private conversation schools, businesses and universities and has even been allowed to train other teachers.

This blog touches on many things, but is inspired by Michael Huberman’s book “The Lives of Teachers”. The book describes an enormous longitudinal study of secondary school teachers in Switzerland, charting the various trajectories, epiphanies and critical junctures they experience. How do teachers develop themselves? How do they stay motivated? What, inside and outside the classroom, affects the teachers’ work?

By talking to teachers and language professionals around the world, I hope to address these questions and many more of pertinence to the language teacher.

If you are interested in being interviewed, or know someone who might be, please contact me at darrenrelliott@gmail.com or on twitter at @livesofteachers. Skype works well (I’m darrenrelliott on skype), but even a phone line could be feasible.

Interviews so far are available here in video format, or here as downloadable audio.

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The Lives of Teachers