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Teaching House Nomads Blog | August 18, 2019

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About John Harrop

John Harrop

John Harrop

A small, freckled traveler from Liverpool, John never imagined he’d end up working in education. Then, one night in a British pub, he met some Spanish students, ended up moving to Spain and the rest, as they say, is history. Based in Seville, he now spends his time teacher-training, teaching, writing and performing interactive puppet shows with Bat-i-Burrillo Teatro de Títeres.
John Harrop

Posts By John Harrop

3 Things I Wish I’d Done When I Started Teaching

March 27, 2014 | 6

Following my first story, My First Day of Teaching (How I Almost Caused a Diplomatic Incident), about the toughest year of teaching I had following my CELTA, I thought it might be useful to give some tips to ease the pain! This list is unashamedly personal and far from exhaustive, but hopefully it will be useful for those of you embarking on your first adventure in teaching.

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Controversial Lesson Download: The Psychopath Next Door

February 27, 2014 | 2

Hey TEFL Teachers!

Have you noticed how animated your students get when classroom discussions veer toward the controversial? Do you … Read More

5 and a Half Tips for Surviving Your First Day of Teaching

February 21, 2014 | 26

(Lessons Learned from My Post-Diplomatic Incident)

Tuesday morning came around far too quickly. I’d had yet another fitful night’s sleep, partly plagued by nightmares about being thrown off a moving bus by rowdy French teenagers. But it was mainly down to the fact that it was the BIG DAY. My first day teaching English!

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My First Day of Teaching (How I Almost Caused a Diplomatic Incident)

January 18, 2014 | 20

“Hey John, there’s some bloke on the phone for you!” shouted one of my flatmates.

I’d been trying to catch up on some sleep after an early shift working at a local bread factory, so I mumbled a rather unenthusiastic “Hello” into the phone. To which I was greeted with a chirpy, “Hi my name’s Neil! You applied for a post at our school.”

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