Saturday, May 27, 2017

3196. Enjoyng Literature and Reading Is Possible

Sometimes adult students are assigned to read a novel, for example in English lessons.
They may not like the novel too much. Something they can do is trying to empathize with its author or authoress. They can search for information about that writer on the Internet, and so they can learn about him or her and in that way they will understand the novel better.
Also those students can think that that novel has some things that can attract their attention and they may like them: the point is being positive and extract the best from the novel. This can be done by adults or young students if they’re mature enough.
As well the point is putting in the writer’s shoes. Thus let’s try to understand him or her from what he or she says and tries to say. Let’s be positive and kind of optimistic. Let’s think “Okay this novel has this and that point that are interesting. Otherwise I won’t like it at all and I’ll suffer when reading it and will be looking forward to finishing it!”
Of course they can ask their teacher to change the novel, ultimately... / Photo from: livro www ccead puc-rio br

Friday, May 26, 2017

3195. Positive Motivation as a Powerful Booster!

Positive motivation in the classroom is a terrific and wonderful booster. It multiplies students’ effort and progress by a great deal. It’s much better than the mere telling off or punishing. I also discovered this when I taught kids. And now I can see and spot so with my grown-ups. And I’ve seen it with other teachers too, and it works!
It is not silly flattering nor adulating. Just some recognizing their work rather often, for example at the end of some lessons. It is fair: they deserve it. I usually thank my students after some lessons, and it’s something that happens in a natural way.
Have you tried with your students? We teachers can always find something our students do well. This recognizing their effort creates a nice rapport in the classroom. / Photo from: CotodePeZca. The picture is just an illustration, a nice one.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

3194. When Our Students Are Nice!

Meals at school is a nice chance to educate our students. They have to learn how to have lunch properly. For example they have to learn how to wait and form a line. Also they’ll learn, with our help, to take whatever they are able to eat and not to have spare food that will go to the trash can and ultimately to the dumpster. There are many countries where they’re suffering a famine...
As well they should learn not to be capricious nor whimsical nor fussy. Also we can tell the cooks to serve whatever the kids are able to eat, and not too much. They will throw their peels to the trash can also properly.
Sorry to descend to such details but having lunch has many small things to take care of and is so educative!
If some peel or paper napkins drop out of the garbage can we’ll tell that kid to pick them up. Of course and I said it already, they should not throw spare food to that can.
I was remembering about a camp I attended in the summers: we the monitors used to sit down at the boys’ tables approximately each monitor at each table, and even we used to bless and thank God for the meal. We did those things in a very natural way. And it was a battle to educate our boys in a proper way. But it was pretty educative, and above all their moms thanked us monitors when the kids were back at home: their boys had changed and they or some of them tended to make their beds in the morning before going to school. Those moms asked us what we had done with their boys, because they were pretty helpful and attentive!
And we monitors or teachers taught all this is a nice way, with elegance and smiling. The kids were happy at those camps and they had fun, in a proper way. / Photo from: Blog Tennis Decathlon

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.