The Stress Bucket

The Stress Bucket

Every single person on the planet has felt stressed at one point in their lives. It is an incredibly common and a natural response, but it can be difficult to describe exactly what it is. We commonly say things like “this is stressful” or “I’m stressed” but this feeling can be very different from person […]

Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

A2 Key for Schools and B1 Preliminary for Schools A2 Key for Schools and B1 Preliminary for Schools are two very popular Cambridge exams specifically designed for school-age learners. These exams help learners gain confidence to communicate in real-life situations. To provide better alignment between the exams helping students progress step-by-step, Cambridge has updated these […]

Teacher Talk Time

Teacher Talk Time

As ESL teachers following the immersive method, we have 3 main goals when helping our students learn English: 1. To help our students reach their language goals Being more skilled in speaking will in turn help our students become better readers and writers. Overall, they will be better at communicating in all areas in their […]

Blended Learning

Blended Learning

You may have heard the phrase ‘blended learning’ in recent meetings and seminars. Do you know what it means? Hopefully, this blog will clear up any confusion! If it doesn’t then feel free to e-mail academic@iqbar.co.uk with any questions or comments you may have. Blended learning is an approach to education that combines self-directed online […]

A Whole New World: Working from Home

A Whole New World: Working from Home

Since Coronavirus (COVID-19) has come crashing into everyone’s lives like Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball, we have all had to adjust to a new way of living. Gone are the days of packing yourself into a train carriage, trying your best not to resemble a Sardine on your daily commute. No more water cooler […]

Keeping Up Appearances – Discovering Your Teaching Persona

Keeping Up Appearances – Discovering Your Teaching Persona

The great 20th-century poet T.S. Eliot put it perfectly. ‘Prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.’ This sums up the teaching profession brilliantly – when we teach, who really are we? What kind of masks do we wear?  Your teaching persona can make a huge difference to the way you are perceived […]

A Guide To Special Requirements

A Guide To Special Requirements

IQBar’s motto is “making global education personal”. We value this motto and strongly believe it is something that sets us apart from other online companies. It can be too easy for online education to become impersonal and it can be difficult for students to feel like their needs are being catered for. We are different […]

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

(A blog about taking professional risks and stepping out of your comfort zone) What does it really mean to step out of your comfort zone? The answer is a whole host of thoughts, feelings, and reservations that can culminate in, “What if I try, only to get rejected?” The fear of rejection and failure are […]

Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice

What is reflection, and why do we do it? Congratulations, you’ve just had a glowing teaching quality report! You have been praised for your excellent correction methods, your extension questions were on point, but there were also a couple of things you could improve, like maybe reducing teacher talk time a little, and your review […]

5 Ways To Improve Your Reviews

5 Ways To Improve Your Reviews

Today, I’m going to teach you how to play a C major chord on the guitar. With the index finger on your left hand, press down the second thinnest string at the first metal fret. Then with your middle finger, the fourth thinnest at the second fret, and finally, with your ring finger, the second […]