Wednesday, May 24, 2017

3193. Something Relaxing

Wait there. We may somehow suffer from the ending school year, we teachers may have a lot to do, we may be tired and exhausted, we may be anxious, a bit anxious about the final lessons, we may suffer from some family circumstances, and our younger students may be also kind of nasty at this end of the school year…
First premise: we’re children of God. Let’s rest, turn to and lean on him: He’s near everyone who calls him. And that serenity will help you turn to your last forces in order to finish our school year even somehow gloriously, so as to say.
This is my advice. Something else: I knew a teacher who used to turn to his father God pretty often, also for giving him thanks about what turned out well.
Alike let’s consider that sometimes what makes us suffer at school can be kind also of exaggerations. That teacher said that often what makes us suffer are exaggerations and ideas that are not rational nor reasonable, as I told you all a few posts ago.
Let’s be optimistic by stopping to think that those ideas are, as I said, not rational nor reasonable. And that’s it. And remember, our father God is near everyone that calls him and turns to him, and He has a never-ending love and tender. / Photo from: www diveskiworld co nz. The picture is just a curious illustration, and also it may show a big mouth, like the one we think now at the end of the school year is about to devour us…

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

3192. Just for the End of the School Year!

In my opinion the teacher should have more knowledge about more areas, not only about the school subject he teaches. In that way he will be able to teach with more ample lenses, and with more perspective: we're educating kids to be wise, if possible.
I wrote something about the necessary interdisciplinary nature teaching in the classroom should have, on post # 3181. For example in English as a foreign language I try to also include texts about history, short biographies, technology… texts with some human interest about them. Modestly I can tell you that I have more knowledge than just English.
Also in some way we should give our teaching a humanistic touch. Our students have more subjects than the one we may be teaching. And all knowledges should be interwoven. This is rather a complex thing but we can just ask our students what they’re learning at other subjects, in English, and so they can tell us something that will so be connected with our subject of English.
As well you may have noticed my blog is not only about teaching and learning that language but it includes other brush-strokes, and it tries to have ample lenses.
More and more at schools activities of some interdisciplinary nature are implemented. Subjects are not just watertight departments but they should be interwoven in some way. / Photo from: good-camera-ftr Parade. Teaching with ample lenses, like a good camera!

Monday, May 22, 2017

3191. Raising Students' Morale at the End of the School Year

A sensitive teacher knows how to recognize and appreciate his students’ hard work, and even more at the end of the school year, and in public. Although there were errors, mistakes and misbehavior he knows that with gracious words he can gain the class of the students to his side. In that way he’ll be raising his students’ morale, as the good generals knew how to ponder their soldiers’ good features and great deeds and feats.
I’ll be writing more maybe tomorrow or later today. / Photo from: House Beautiful. I do like libraries. At present I teach at a library-classroom, and sometimes while my students are writing silently I often look over the books on the shelves, always prone to help them in case they need it.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

3190. Educating Their Emotions Is Paramount

Do we teachers educate our students’ emotions, feelings and sentiments? Of course the first task and duty is for their parents, but we teachers can help a lot.

There may be a great emotion illiteracy: we simply don’t know much about educating emotions into positive feelings. In other words our students should be balanced at emotions, and that’s so or more important than intellectual education and instruction. Remember we’re educating for life now and for their future.

Spanish teacher and neuropsychologist Fernando Alberca (2017) postulates we should educate our students’ and children’s emotions, as I said, to achieve happiness ultimately. At tutoring sessions a lot can be done: leading emotions (something rather passive) into feelings and ideas (something active).

Often our students and we teachers as well may have negative emotions, irrational ones, which are exaggerations and negative emotions, which we should re-orientate into rational, positive and reasonable thoughts. Our students may be suffering because of those negative thoughts that can annihilate their happiness.

Also we have to educate our students into giving themselves to other surrounding people in a wise, joyful and generous service to them: giving ourselves to other people besides has the power of getting ourselves happier – I know some adults that joyfully live for their dear people and they’re happy.

A word about empathizing. We teachers have to learn how to empathize with our students through our daily teaching. For example something basic: we’ve got to learn that our students may be feeling bad because the big exams are around the corner and they may be pretty tired of the school year when the end is approaching. We can hold their last forces to arrive at the final harbor of the school year by talking with them at tutoring sessions: they need to give vents to their pains and sufferings. And joys too!: they need to share them with other people! / Photo from: I gave up. I couldn't post a photo probably because of a temporary failure

Friday, May 19, 2017

3189. Taking On Our Students' Necessities

I think we teachers should have a nice and endearing attitude to our students. A lovable one, because ours is love of benevolence plus affection.
We love them plus their families, which are ours in some way. Plus our colleagues too. Parents, teachers, students should be the correct order for our assistance and attention. But it isn’t a silly love, because as I said it is love of benevolence: so we wish the best to them, and seek it and keep on seeking it.
As I said, the affection and attention order has to be parents, then teachers, then students. It’s so if we wish our school would go on an effective way.
That love, that benevolence love at the same time is delicate toward people of the other gender. We should prevent from nasty gossip about our relationships at school.
By the way in Spanish we have an expression for being attentive and take on our students’ needs, which is very adequate and it is “hacerse cargo”. We must assist our surrounding people’s needs. They deserve that attention. And as a result we will be loved too! One of you told me about this: if you love, you’ll be loved. / Photo from: Live Your Legend

Thursday, May 18, 2017

3188. Educating Kids in an Ample Vision!

We teachers have to educate our students about other countries and other continents. Also we teachers should pay attention to what’s happening in those maybe far countries.
For example rich countries have to help poorer countries develop themselves.
I had a friend that lived in a country of Africa, maybe Nigeria. He told me that those third-world countries had to develop by themselves, with the people they had at those countries.
As well we should educate our students about a sound ecology: they have to learn to take care of our planet. If we take our students to excursions, and we should do it, we can teach them for example not to drop garbage around in the countryside: wrapping papers, cans, plastic bags… We’re educating future citizens.
That friend of mine also told me that clever youngsters went to richer countries to study and many of them stayed in those richer countries of the first-world, after college. And those young people would be the ones that would push their countries forward. Even rich countries took cleverer students and kept them when they finished college.
But I don’t want to show a twofold state of things and contrapose rich countries and poor countries. Because among other things that friend of mine was happy in the country of Africa he had gone to live; yes, he was, and he was positive anyway. / Photo from: African-child-smiling-karate Dada