Wednesday, April 25, 2018

3376. On Becoming Brilliant Teachers

If we have to teach classes, we must dedicate time to studying.
I know I know, you may be busy teachers, but in some way we all should study, which means thinking.
And we can think while teaching, in some way or other. If possible, we could dedicate and devote time to reading websites, blogs, books on teaching, on education, on family, on philosophy, on teaching trends… always in accordance to human dignity.
Some teachers keep a journal or diary or just jot down some notes about their teaching experiences.
Have a nice day; oh, I’ll be out of Granada for a few days. On purpose: Have a nice day! / Photo from: old-Car-Insurance. Here you can see a 50s car, and you can compare it with 30s and 40s cars and notice their evolution in design. Some of you can recall this kind of cars.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

3375. How to Become a Brilliant Teacher!

I just wrote the following notes, and I’ll continue developing those thoughts tomorrow I hope, or soon anyway, “Studying? Only for students? No way man! It’s for all teachers as well, for every teacher I’d say! They have to carry on with studying: their palestra is studying plus the classroom. You may be hectic and busy but do not recoil from studying! You must be mentally sturdy! April 24, 2018”

Some of the ideas are by scholar and expert Jean Guitton.

/ Photo from: 1939 Plymouth coupe Ask Auto

Monday, April 23, 2018

3374. A Powerful Engine of Learning!

We as foreign or second language teachers should get our students into immersion in that target language.
Well, that said I would add that the level at which we speak in the classroom should be a bit above our students’ one or ones.
Only in that way will they learn and acquire that tongue.
So our level, the one we use in the classes should not be much above our students’ ones nor much lower those levels.
Our students will thus acquire English or whatever tongue we teach.
Acquiring is a not aware way of learning. Learning is the way they get the language in an aware way, by studying, reading, listening, etc. Acquisition, on the other hand, is subconscious.
And can teens or adults also acquire a language? They can, indeed. One example of acquisition is when we are reading a book in the target language: we may be acquiring the language without being conscious of that fact. / Photo from: 30s cars theglobeandthemail com. If you compare 40s cars with 30s cars you can see that in these ones the headlights are not integrated into the car body.

Friday, April 20, 2018

3373. Beauty Is Educative!

Taking care of little things is important for a teacher. It is, indeed.
Everyday teaching is composed of little things:
cleaning the board after my class, for the next teacher to find it clean and neat;
having my students arrange their desks at the end of the work day or after a class if they got disordered;
teaching my students to use the bathroom well and thinking it will be cleaned by the cleaning staff or personnel, mostly ladies;
not dropping bags and wrapping paper at the playground;
having my students have small jobs for them to also learn to take care of little things;
dealing with the school material in a nice way for it to last for long, quite long;
having their tablets screens rather clean, from time to time;
using their books in a neat way…
All that said is very educative. Maybe we will not find the fruit of our work now, but our students will be so grateful for our work when they become more mature or adults. Our job as teachers simply is great. / Photo from: Chevrolet-2017-Oldtimer-gallery_-Cars_-1940-Chevrolet_-40s-era-cars carboard pro. Another classic car: its owner must have taken care of it in a nice way.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

3372. How to Take Advantage of Errors

We as teachers should notice the mistakes and errors our students make when talking.
Maybe we’ll write some quick notes while they’re speaking, for later correction.
I can tell you that for I’m a foreign or second language teacher, namely English, and I must notice my students’ mistakes and errors, and then go over them to correct them.
Then we can apply the PPP way of teaching a grammar form or pattern. PPP stands for Presentation of the grammar form by the teacher, then we have Practice and then Production of that form maybe into a communicative activity.
So remember: let’s notice the grammar forms that our students do not use properly and accurately. / Photo from: Cambridge PET

Monday, April 16, 2018

3371. Are You a Creative Teacher Yourself?

Some days ago I wrote some notes for later posting on my blog: “The summary or main idea of all my blog? Let’s have serene and mild fun and enjoy teaching. Plus: Let’s serve our students. April 13, 2018”
I’ve been posting for nine years and I’ve composed more than three thousand entries or posts.
And yes, I’d say that, as a summary of all this blog, although it is impossible to summarize all that has been said along this blog in so few words.
Teaching is a job and also an art. An art that you learn over time, and at the beginning you may suffer out of inexperience, but over time it’s a hard task but also you may enjoy and delight in it.
I insist on purpose: teaching is something demanding and somehow hard, even strength draining.
I would keep the statement that teaching is an art in which you will be gaining teaching skills, along time. If you're a good learner yourself, you may be a good teacher too. Have a nice day! / Photo from: mobile phones willvideoforfood com. I posted another picture of a classic car, and you know what device the man has in his car? A mobile phone! Then, at that period mobile or cell phones were that big! Well, there were not many.