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At the end of February I posted a question: What is risk? I put up a few of my initial thoughts on how risks and risk-taking might fit into English Language Teaching (and maybe teaching in general). And I got some really interesting comments, both here on my blog and via Twitter.

What I would love to do now is to pursue this investigation into risk, and see what there is to be learnt or gained in terms of teaching. What I need now is some kind of structure, a plan to follow. Here is what I’ve pencilled in so far:

1) A time frame – I want to keep exploring this question, but not indefinitely, not to a great extent anyway. I’m going to keep blogging about this until July. Then I will assess what has been said, what maybe still needs to be said, if there is any more to be said. I think 4 months will be sufficient time.

2) Teacher-related risk – To include, but not be restricted to the following:

  • Being a teacher, and what that entails
  • Taking risks with/without materials
  • Taking risks with/without technology

3) Student-related risk – To include, but not be restricted to the following:

  • Being a student, and what that entails
  • What risks there might be in a classroom
  • How to foster a risk-taking attitude towards language-learning

4) Guest posts!! This is where you come in 🙂

I would love to hear about risks you have taken relating to your teaching or learning, whether inside or outside the classroom, and what your risk-taking taught you/lead you to do/how it changed your approach to teaching or learning. Whether as a teacher or learner I would really love to hear what you have to say. If you are interested in writing a guest post, leave a comment below and I will get in touch with you (please leave a valid email address when you comment)

What do you think? Is there anything vital that I might have left out? Any comments are very welcome 🙂

This post is part of my series on Risk. You can find other related posts on my Series page
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