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3516. On Positive Intrinsic Motivation in the Classroom

We teachers – we have a great profession! – have to correct our students, for we want to educate them for life, don’t we? Nevertheless also we have to reckon their work and let them know about what they do well and correctly! That counts for much and we will be boosting their learning! 
I can assure you it’s so, it’s like that, I’ve seen it in my students and in other groups of people. Positive motivation, positive intrinsic motivation can multiply what they do correctly. 
Furthermore that is a way of making them repeat what they do well. And they, our students, will do better what they already do well. And we’ll cover their error and mistake gaps. 
It’s not flattering, silly adulating, it’s kind of recognizing and noticing what they do well. 
We will not be all the time flattering our students. However, when they are doing something right, we can just say some “Yes…” so as to pull our students toward doing things correctly, and toward letting them continue saying a right answer to our qu…

3515. More on Motivating Our Students

Teaching is… great, once again. And watching and observing how our students are progressing or not very much… - so far - is also great. 
We have to plan our lessons with our students in mind. But I can also see and perceive that I have to keep on improving my teaching. Once and over again and again. No problem.
If you've been teaching for some quite many years, you can discover and find out what your students are in need of.  
Well, my students try to do their best. I teach English as a second language. This morning my students were saying what some words meant, from a worksheet with sentences and one longer text. That was one of the activities we were carrying out. 
That was good practice and I intended for them to notice and reckon that: that was good practice. 
For next class I will also say what those words mean, and thus I can mold the exercise for my students to have some more examples to imitate or to build up their definitions upon, also counting on what advanced students say w…

3514. How to Motivate Our Students: Some Hints

Teaching is great, as I’ve already said. Several times. I’ve said it several times. Ok. 
When teaching a second or foreign language we teachers have to create the atmosphere of communication in the classroom, even at the school corridors and halls. Communication in the school, that’s it. And communication in that language we’re teaching. 
But also we have to give our dear students language facts: vocabulary, grammar points, curious and interesting points about the language. 
And we should carry out activities where our students have to interact with us their teachers and with other learners as well. 
This morning I observed some of my students dialoguing in English at the beginning of the class. English is our common target language. They were talking about their yesterday’s experience at speaking with some American volunteers, young ones, who offer conversation sessions for my learners. These latter ones are adults, mostly retired people. 
They were making errors and mistakes – my student…

3513. Teaching with Affection Is Great

Teaching is so great. But it entails a big effort, right? In the classroom and out of the classroom we teachers have to strive to treat our students in a nice way. 
If the teacher really wishes his students would learn, he has to put all his self into action and that entails a big effort, as I said. 
The teacher, however, cannot teach as a mad man. He has to treat his students in a kind way. For that reason he has to teach whilst he’s thinking how to teach. 
For that reason he will teach in a serene way, thinking of what he’s doing. 
I had a friend who used to think while he was teaching. He was thinking and teaching at a nice rather slow rhythm. Not very slow, anyway. He did like that in order to be able to think while teaching. 
Also because of that he achieved to address each and every student, while he was presenting some issue. And he got to make his students contribute to the class by intervening a lot. His students intervened a great deal in the class. This one was not merely a spee…

3512. Important for Our Students: Learning How to Learn

We teachers do know that our dear students have to learn how to study, how to read with attention in order to memorize some concepts and relate them to one another. 
This way of studying entails some mental processes. And we teachers may be experts at this point. 
For that reason we should also dedicate some daily time to study ourselves. Also because we teachers have to recycle our knowledge and aptitudes. We are capable, likely, to help our dear students. We as adults have some special ways to study which can illustrate our students’ ways of studying. 
For example we can plan our daily studying. And thus we can teach our students how to plan this point. 
Also we know how to read for the gist. 
Also we know how to read and take in the main points and try to memorize them. 
Also we know ourselves and can deduce that at that or that specific times we’re more capable to memorize. 
Also we know how to relate our previous knowledge with something new. 
Also we have nice techniques for memorizing.…

3511. You Teacher, Relax and You Will Find the Solution

The main resource for classes is the teacher himself. And this teacher needs to have a growing capability for planning the lessons and for creating a nice atmosphere in the classroom for his students to learn better and better. 
This teacher needs to have a growing agile mind to face the problems he will likely encounter and even to boost his students’ eagerness to learn. 
Something I advise is for the teacher to make up the situation in which his students are. I mean, the teacher has to be able – through practice – to visualize each class of students and what they need most. For this class of students they need this, for that other class of students they need that, and so on. 
It’s a kind of clarity of mind to visualize what his students need most necessarily. 
Also I advise to carry out this task by strolling. Yes I sometimes carry out this kind of visualization by strolling along a park or the countryside, or other times by relaxing in an armchair and thinking about what my students ne…

3510. How to Expand Our Students' Vocabulary: Some Hints

Something which constitutes a big booster to learn a second language is just reading. Well, all four language skills ought to be practiced: listening, speaking, reading and writing. But I can confess you that reading books massively and intensively really helps you learn and acquire that language. 
One of the books I’m currently reading is Harry Potter, namely the third episode or sequel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I read it also some ten or more years ago, so I know the story. And it is still interesting. 
I read also for just fun or entertaining. 
And I do not get too trapped in looking up words I don’t know – I enjoy the reading. 
As well I’m studying and working on a C1 English textbook and I can assure you also I’m learning quite a lot. C1 is one of the levels of mastering a language: it equals to advanced level, with C2 as the highest level possible. They’re levels at the European framework of reference: A1 and A2 are basic, B1 and B2 are intermediate and C1 and C2 ar…