Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To be rapt is to be deeply absorbed in something. When you are rapt in a movie, you are so involved in the story that you don't notice anything else around you.

  • She was rapt in the movie, paying no attention to her surroundings.
  • He was rapt in the conversation, not paying any attention to the other people in the room.

Storytellers are people who are expert at telling stories. They can be singers, actors, or writers.

  • The storytellers were telling their stories to the children.
  • The storytellers were telling their stories to the people in the audience.

Disinterested means not interested. When you say that someone is disinterested in something, you mean that they are not interested in or excited about it.

  • She was disinterested in the movie, and she didn't care about the plot.
  • He was disinterested in the topic of the discussion, and he didn't seem to care about what was going on.

Wordplay is a type of humor that involves using words in an unusual or unexpected way. Sometimes the words are arranged in a special way, or they are used in a unusual order.

  • The play features wordplay based on puns.
  • The poet used wordplay to describe the natural world.

Oftentimes is a word that is used to introduce a sentence or paragraph that is going to contain a lot of information. It's usually used in a formal setting, where the speaker is trying to be polite.

  • Oftentimes, the government tries to keep information secret.
  • Oftentimes, the teacher spends too much time on the lesson instead of letting the students talk.

To reframe something is to change how you see it. When you reframe a situation, you change the way you think about it, and you usually change your opinion about it.

  • The reframing of the issue allowed them to come to a different solution.
  • The reframing of the problem allowed them to find a new solution.

When someone goes to a barbershop, they are usually there to get their hair cut. In a barbershop, there are usually several people working at the same time, and they are all cutting hair.

  • I went to the barbershop to get my hair cut, and it was very busy.
  • I usually go to the barbershop on weekdays, because it's usually less busy on weekends.

Analogies are comparisons between two things that are not actually similar. They can be helpful in understanding something, or they can be used to make a point.

  • The teacher drew analogies between math and English in order to make the concepts more clear.
  • The teacher used analogies to compare the Revolutionary War to World War II.

To reignite something is to start it again, to make it work again. If a fire is reignited, the flames can start to spread again.

  • The fire was reignited when the spark from the lighter hit the flammable material.
  • The team tried to reignite the game by getting the other team off their game.