Tuesday, September 19, 2017

3264. Some Hint on Educating to Be Happy

We teachers maybe tend to teach our students knowledge and skills, and it is okay, of course. However we have to remember that we’re educating people, persons, to be happy, ultimately. And it serves the purpose if we educate people, persons, to be mature. Psychologically mature.
Reason and will should dominate affections, feelings and sentiments – these latter ones may be good, of course. A happy person is the one that balances his reason or intelligence with his affections, feelings and sentiments. In other words his reason dominates his affections, feelings and sentiments.
It is not enough to teach him to have a nice communicative competence in English (for example, and which is okay, of course), but we must point at educating thorough and accomplished people, persons.
Affections, for example, should be oriented to what is rational and in accordance to human dignity. Even more, ultimately toward what makes that person happy. When I say happy I’m not referring to superficial gladness, like the one a healthy person can feel, but a profound and deep happiness, which includes all the arch of happiness, also gladness, and this latter may be good too.
We teachers must teach our students, since the age they’re young, to emit judgments about what they’re feeling right now and what they should carry on, toward happiness and plenitude.
Those kids must reason and then operate in the way that is in accordance of them as happy human beings and in accordance to human beings’ dignity too. In that way we’re doing things well, I would say. / Photo from: family-child-posting-a-letter-1903 Antiqua Print Gallery

Monday, September 18, 2017

3263. How to Relax on the Spot

Relaxing on the spot? Is it possible? It is, indeed.
I’ve told you all about relaxing in bed. We can do the same or similarly when standing in the school!
When in bed, and it is something that helps you get asleep, you can do the following operations, in order to relax. Feel your body as if it was so heavy. Relax your arms and legs and your back as if they were rather heavy on bed. Breathe slowly and profoundly.
Then relax the muscles of your face, because inadvertently we can have those muscles so tense during the day. Repeat the same operations, slowly, rather slowly. And slow down the rhythm of your thoughts. Also you can try to listen to silence, the one surrounding you, if possible, or at least slow those ideas down.
Feel all your body in a more and more relaxing way, by means of those operations. Breathe slowly and profoundly.
Over time you will be able to do all this more quickly and more effectively. In a few minutes you’ll achieve to have your body and mind more relaxed.
When all this is very much interiorized, you’ll also be able to relax even when standing in the school: you’ll get more relaxed on the spot, and better if you also can be a bit humorous about yourself and defuse alarming and so tense situations. / Photo from: wallpapers de paisajes.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

3262. Fall is Approaching with Some Big Hope

Today is Sunday and I didn’t want to post about teaching and learning English. It’s a day for resting and relaxing and spending longer time with our families. You know, we’re closer and closer to fall. We in southern Spain hope it’ll rain in that season a lot: the reservoirs have not much water now. Let’s hope it’ll rain profusely.
I like fall days, when day light is diminishing and it gets dark earlier and earlier. It’s being cool lately but no drop of rain so far. I pray good Lord for raining this fall here in southern Spain.
Tomorrow I expect to write on how to relax on regular days, even at work. / Photo from: wallzoa com

Friday, September 15, 2017

3261. Are Our Students Really Learning?

Obviously it is great we teachers plan our lessons in a thorough way. Okay.
Some days ago I read on the newspaper that a college professor said that he strived to teach well but he noted his students got bad grades... When he realized about this point one thing he did was to post videos on YouTube so his students could view them and learn better.
He pinpointed his students’ learning processes.
So we could ask ourselves: Are my dear students actually learning? Are they grasping and acquiring the knowledge and practical skills that are contained in my school subject? How are they learning?
Maybe now it’s the right time to pose this important point. Even something pretty good we could do is posing this point aloud to our students in the classroom, to find out if they’re really learning. Be honest and sincere and talk with your students about the relationship between teaching and learning; even more, tell them that you’re worried and concerned about their actual learning, and give them solutions and learning strategies.
You for sure will get interesting feedback and learn how they’re learning… or not. Devote some time to think about this important issue. It’s worth to do it! / Photo from: BBC. The picture is just a nice illustration.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

3260. Our Work Makes Us Better, No Doubt!

All of us want to work well and carry it out fine at this beginning of the school year, right? And all this blog is about trying to teach effectively and how to learn effectively too.
I can assure you that our work makes us better persons. Even and because we have a spiritual part of ourselves we can elevate that work to a transcendent sphere.
We can do it with supernatural “lenses”: we can offer it to God our father. As simple as that. And the consequence is that we are transforming that work into something that not only makes us better but also makes us saints in everyday life – remember we have elevated that nice work into something supernatural and we can count on his supernatural help.
So we can be happy while working, though we may have some problems, even dire straits. And also we can hold an interior conversation with our dad God while working.
I mean, from the ordinary and regular things that occur to us we can tell him about our problems and joys, and in some way or other he will tell us something. / Photo from: Insight India Voyage. I posted a picture that shows so an ordinary place to work as a simple office.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

3259. Sense of Humor Plus Love of Benevolence

I can see all of you teachers try to do things well. I know so because you view other teachers’ blogs and stuff. For example TeacherLingo.
If you try to do things okay, sooner or a bit later you will gain some nice prestige. And that prestige will lead you to good consideration both by your directors and your students. Also by their families.
One important point when treating other people is sense of humor, sense of humor plus elegance. I’ve seen it in other teachers: they had success because they treated their students with love, with love of benevolence, which means to wish what’s good for our students.
Although sometimes you’ll have to be like a sergeant, the core point is anyway treating those kids politely and respectfully. Always by treating them as intelligent beings and persons that deserve all our respect anyway. / Photo from: police-dogs WonderList. I tried to post a picture that showed a police officer with elegance and smiling. And the dog is okay too anyway.