Friday, March 16, 2018

3357. How to Combat Routine and Dullness

Some days ago I wrote this note for later posting, “Teaching a language has something of an art and of a technique. March 10, 2018.” And it’s really so!
You can wonder why you became a teacher, and that’s okay, but over time you gain experience, and routine and dullness could get inside you. And we must be alert. We have got to recycle our teaching.
By learning from other teachers, reading on websites and teachers’ blogs, reading books on teaching, having a word with the department head, introducing new techniques and procedures, eliminating others that do not turn out well, getting more ample views about teaching, teaching by love (to God, to the students, to their families; which is love of benevolence: seeking what’s good for them all), reading on education and family from books in accordance to human dignity…
Also by attending webinars or participating in forums.
As well by thinking of what the students need, but I will talk about this latter point on coming days. Have a nice Saint Patrick’s Day! / Photo from: irish_village

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

3356. More on Motivating Students

Today we had an American young man with us in our classroom.
Remember I have adult students. He is from Chicago and gave conversation to my dear students. Thus they could listen to a native speaker in English, which is what I teach. Remember also that my first language is Spanish, not English.
He will come every Wednesday.
Basically we’ll have conversation in English, but I’m planning activities also in case we have nothing much to say. We’re lucky we can count on native speakers. Because my students are used to listening to me, and they have to invest some nice effort at understanding him and talking with him too.
My students were prompt to talk with Michael, from Chicago, as I said. He’s studying social studies, also Spanish among his subjects. And it’s great we have him in our classroom, for my students can hear authentic English...
They’re quite motivated, I can see. All of them participated in the discussion, about general topics today. We have this chance to learn more English, thanks to my coordinator or admin, Antonio. / Photo from: Madrid puerta-de-alcalá Cronica Norte. That is a famous arch we have in Madrid, Spain.

Monday, March 12, 2018

3355. How to Treat Students with Discipline

I’ve seen something sensible in the schools I’ve worked in.
The teachers treated the teens as if they were responsible people, and these latter ones tried to be so. Also those teachers tried those kids would behave in a mature way.
In some way they were treated like they were adults, or something kind of that. In other words the teachers treated the teens in a serious way, by taking into account what the kids said, by taking as something serious and important what the kids said.
Well, they were kids but not silly people, they were young but not silly.
As a result those kids responded in also a serious way, because they liked to be treated in that way.
So they were treated as adults or at least with respect and deference. For example when those teachers wanted to arrange an appointment with such or such students to talk at a tutoring session you could see they were dealing with a serious matter.
They were treated with respect and as if they were persons of high category, with nothing fussy anyway. Trusting in them at the same time. In that way those young people matured, indeed they did. / Photo from: Eiffel Tower veltra com

Saturday, March 10, 2018

3354. Reading as a Language Learning Booster Again!

My experience at reading novels in accordance to human dignity and therefore learning English is great.
When you do this you learn… and acquire a lot of vocabulary.
And then words will come to mind when writing or speaking.
As you read and read and read you create and make up kind of a net of words and you’ll learn more and more words in an easier way. Plus you will take the sense of language: that language passes to be a second one of yours. It’s so great!
You learn and acquire words in a mature way.
As you read you become able to learn and acquire more lexis, and you may become capable to compare your use and usage of lexis to the one of a native speaker, more and more, with likely mistakes and errors, but you do advance on this pathway to success at learning and acquiring a foreign or second language. It’s so great!
/ Photo from: JourneyLeaf – Typepad. I post a picture of a rainy landscape, like lately in Spain: it is raining with profusion and abundance, thank God.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

3353. To the Moon in that Way You Said!?

I told you all on the previous post that we have to plan short- and long-term goals. Well, among those goals – also for just lessons – we should think of high objectives.
I mean we have to dream high about our students and what they can achieve: good students, good sons and daughters, good citizens.
We may have classroom problems – who doesn’t have them? – but we can think high about our students.
If we treat them a bit better than they are or they seem they are, they will become better persons. Unless we treat them well, they will not achieve to be honorable, honest and upright persons.
That’s what I’ve been taught as a teacher, and I believe in that. Some posts ago I told you all that through tutoring sessions with each kid we can obtain and attain a lot from them: when you treat each person on his own, by knocking on his heart, you may help that person reach so high.
I’ve seen it.
As a gang they may behave ugly but when knocking on their hearts as individuals you can see they can reach so far…

Oh, and better if male teachers have tutorials with male students and the same with regard to women. / Photo from: astronaut-wallpaper

3352. On Becoming Creative Teachers

I can see we teachers are concerned about lesson planning, and that’s okay. I have also seen most of us are concerned about long-term goals and short-term goals. I’m trying to shed some light about this issue.
We should have objectives and concerns about our classes, here I mean groups. Beside we plan each lesson we should have some orientation about what our dear students should attain in the following weeks, and that’s short-term or middle-term goals.
It is kind of some view about what our students have to achieve, which is something we will not attain in a single lesson, but it demands more lessons.
Those objectives or that single objective is something our students need to accomplish.
For example I can plan next lesson goals, but also I reckon my students are in need of improving or attaining some longer-term goals, like for instance to give their presentations of a topic their choice.
Another example, I can plan some activities for next lesson but also I can have in mind that my students need to gain fluency at speaking in English in the classroom plus gaining more accuracy concerning grammar too.
So it is something I bear in mind about my students, and which helps me plan each lesson. And that’s it. Got it? / Photo from: astronaut_suit_man