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Teaching and Learning Using Cambridge Resources

[#facilitation + #teaching + #CambridgeMENA 🙋🏻‍♀️] You often hear the phrase “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, but I’m against that in most cases. I believe the “small stuff” matters so much. For example, just think how every detail about a product you use impacts your efficiency and productivity as long as you’re using it.

Thinking about #details, I was so glad to be working with teachers at Al Nahda National Schools Girls’ branch today in #AbuDhabi, where we went through every detail of their new Cambridge University Press Education #EnglishasaFirstLanguage resources.

In this #orientation we covered all the details, from the six key approaches involved, the five key features of the books, right through to giving all the buttons and features of the digital platform #CambridgeGo a whirl together in real time.

All of this is in an effort to make sure teaching and learning using #Cambridge resources is efficient and smooth for both teachers and learners in the new year.

Sometimes it can be just not knowing where to click or find the notes you so carefully prepared that can throw you you off course in a lesson. This has happened to me in the past, and it’s so awkward, especially while there is silence as people wait for you to find things. It’s also why I value so much this time with teachers spent mastering of all the details of their Cambridge resources.

I remember once hearing someone talk about the topic of relationships - ones that had gone well, and others that had deteriorated, and they commented:

“I looked back and realised that the small things were actually the big things.”

I feel the same about so many things - products, books, training, sales, emails, the way you say hello, business, customer service and all the tools I’ve used in the past.

The small details about them are what make or break my decision to use them time and again.


Sweat the small stuff!

Thank you to the fab teachers who joined - Ms Hagar, Ms Fatima, Ms Ola & Ms Safinaz, and to Layal Azazi, Al Nahda Girls’ dedicated PD Manager - she handled the coordination of this session so beautifully, complete with tea, coffee and sandwiches to help keep us buoyant. 💛

P.S. If you are a fellow #teacher using Cambridge resources and want to join our Preparing to Teach Masterclasses, we have a cohort starting next week! Contact me for the schedule and details on how to enroll 🙋🏻‍♀️

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I am including the second photo so you can see my surprise to find that Hagar’s magical phone only needs you to raise your hand and it snaps a photo. I used to think I was tech savvy…am I really late to this feature? Apparently I can’t keep up. 🥲👀

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