Wednesday, October 18, 2017

3278. When the Students Are So Great

I have recently started English classes with more adults. They’re great. And very motivated. I enjoy to teach them, they’re demanding though.
They need English for traveling and because some of them have sons or daughters in some English-speaking country, mainly in the UK, Ireland or the States.
They’re great, and very demanding, as I said.
Now they’re making out what exactly their level and communicative competence in that language is, to attend the corresponding lessons and levels.
I can also learn from them: they tend to work nice and take learning and acquiring English pretty seriously, and most of them don’t want to miss any lesson. And quite perseverant. Even sometimes I learn vocabulary from them... They use nice learning strategies.
When teaching the lowest level class I have to adapt my teaching at that level – some of them know little. At the same time I also have to raise the level when teaching high-achievers: by no means can I have them get bored, because they could be learning nothing new or not developing their communicative competence in a nice way.
They learn because they need the language. / Photo from: c-muelle-de-los-granos-y-de-las-hierbas-graslei-korenlei-gante-belgica-buendia-tours. Well, you know, I posted a beautiful picture, but there people speak French and/or Dutch.

Monday, October 16, 2017

3277. How to Learn Many Words Easily

We have already progressed along the school year for a while, okay. And if we’re foreign or second language teachers we may have to also learn that target language.
And we also need vocabulary, to help our students. One way for learning vocabulary is massive reading, for example a novel or an essay book. If we read massively we’ll learn words inadvertently. But remember, we need to read a lot.
In that way we’ll be not only learning the language but acquiring it, in an unaware way. And since we’re learners we will be able to advise our students in a nice way.
We can consult the dictionary for some words but others will get stuck in mind inadvertently, as I said. And all that’s very nice, and useful. In that way as well we’ll be acquiring what we could call the language sense: you can state learning strategies from your own learning experience.
You’re a learner, you’re like a teacher, you can advise other learners. You read a lot, you get some words, quite many ones over time. You have to see many words so as to gain some of them. / Photo from: Pixabay. The girl is capturing images as you may be capturing words.

Friday, October 13, 2017

3276. Are You a Wise Teacher...?

The wise teacher is the one that knows how to get the most from his students.
He directs their work but also delivers some freedom regarding the point that each student would do whatever he needs more.
The wise teacher is the one who knows how to make his students realize that what he teaches is important to them. In adults’ case these ones know how to force themselves so as to work fine in order to achieve the goal they’re following.
When the students are kids, the wise teacher knows how to delicately make his students learn that the classes’ stuff is important to them too.
The wise teacher manages the classroom nice, mostly. He’s an experienced teacher, and, as I said, he knows how to get the most from those youngsters. That’s precisely educating, getting the best from the learners.
And also to direct his students’ learning processes, respecting the students’ freedom, ultimately. He will achieve his students will work nice, anyway. He knows how to do that. And now I can say you’re kind for reading this post. Greetings! Sláinte! (Irish word for “Cheers!”) / Photo from: BBC

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

3275. A Good Teacher Must Be Flexible

Yesterday I started English classes with two new groups. They were together because they didn’t know what their level of English is. They’re adults.
And yesterday I had as the main goal to make up two groups, according to two basic levels: basic and “advanced”. I taught them one class, with all the students together in the same classroom, as I said.
And from next Tuesday I’ll teach two groups. I was taking some lesson planning for yesterday’s lesson to the classroom, but soon I realized I had to improvise and adapt that lesson to what I had in front of me.
What I try to point out here is that lesson planning is okay, but sometimes, even often, you’ve got to adapt to the class you have in front of you. In the end every student got happy by learning what his or her group is, except for one female student, a lady, that had to leave earlier and I told her she would fit in the advanced level, but better she should go to the basic. Next Tuesday I’ll let her know she should go to the other class group.
So planning is okay but sometimes, even often you’ve got to change your mind. A teacher must have flexibility, which is something you gain over years, over time. / Photo from: Chrysler-Portal-640x367 Extreme Tech. The picture is an illustration, a cool one I think.

Monday, October 9, 2017

3274. Do We Know How to Work as a Team?

We teachers have to learn to work as a team. It is necessary, just necessary.
Collegiality is an art that we have to learn. It means we must work also as a team, taking the other teachers into account. Beginning with our colleagues that work at the same department, for example foreign languages, which is my case.
Collegiality is an art that must be learned. You do not improvise working as a team: it is something you learn over time and together with your colleagues.
It comprises learning to listen to the others, maybe changing our mind about some viewpoint if necessary, sharing opinions and viewpoints, counting on the best each teacher can pose and propose.
It’s wonderful to be able to count on other teachers. When I started to work as a teacher (1993) my department head and some other few teachers monitored my learning to teach. It’s marvelous to have other teachers you can lean against. / Photo from: BBC. London Bridge. To build something great it is not enough for an only worker: many workers together can push up the construction of a building.

Friday, October 6, 2017

3273. Why Did You Become a Teacher?

If we want to be good teachers, and we want to!, we have to be very human. Otherwise we would not hit the target of teaching and educating our students, whatever age they are.
We have to be cordial. Which is not an obstacle to hold some nice discipline in the classroom. Even more we will only reach nice discipline if we’re good teachers.
Saying that you’re a good teacher is something great.
Also we have to be honorable and upright, otherwise we will not educate nor even teach. We have to be human and people who listen to their students. I knew a teacher that knew how to listen to, and he was great, yes he was!
All that attitude educates a lot. It is very formative. We teachers have to live for our students. They’re one of the main reasons for our living, not to mention our working. In some way we have to be like a mom or a dad to our students. In that way we’ll know how to forgive our students and we won’t keep rancor.
That teacher I knew achieved to keep the class of students attentive even by gazing at all his students in a way that was plenty of love to them – something ordinary and not odd though. Benevolence love, remember: to wish what’s good to them. / Photo from: kamakerala com. I posted that illustration because I posted another one of Tintin few posts ago.