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3499. Enhancing Rich Vocabulary in the Classroom

We teachers have to encourage our students to learn the second or foreign language. But it’s these latter ones who have to want to learn. 
Learning vocabulary is one point that deserves their attention and effort. Each word they learn is a step forward. 
In order to have a vast lexis they have to learn word by word. I insist on purpose: each word which is learned is a step toward success at learning a language. No words, no language. Many words, a lot learned. 
And a skill that promotes learning many words is reading massively and intensely. For example novels, or simplified and abridged readers. With contents that are respectful to our dear students. 
When reading is a skill that has been largely fostered and practiced, the learner learns and acquires words even in an unaware way. And that learner is acquiring the language sense, this is, the capability of learning in a thorough way and the capability of using the language for communication with other people. 

Also with that language sens…

3498. What Is a Good Teacher like? Some Hints

A good and committed teacher is the one who teaches individually. He may have a class of forty students, but he teaches somehow individually and personally. 
He may address the whole class but he’s referring to each one of his learners. He does so because he has love of benevolence toward each of his dear students. He seeks what is good for those students. And so in accordance to their dignity as singular human persons. 
And he tries to be an honest and honorable person himself. 
Also when he has set some work in groups he circulates among the groups while they’re working and gets to know how to monitor their work. He does not confine to fulfill his schedule but does more than he’s asked to. Also that in accordance to what their parents wish for their kids. 
And when his students ask him questions, he answers as if that student who’s asking was the only one in the classroom, although as well he says something that can benefit each and every one of his learners. 
I have seen this in a class…

3497. Toward Happy Communication between the Teacher and the Students

Let us not forget that we teachers of a second or a foreign language have to foster communication among people, among persons. 
Persons with all that that means. People’s dignity pushes up teachers to consider that being a human person entails a lot, quite a lot!
For example when treating our students in the classroom as well as out of the classroom along the school facilities, halls, corridors, common rooms, offices… we teachers have to empathize with those people, with those singular and significant persons. Also with very nice and exquisite respect toward them.
Also along the school year – which now is coming to an end here in Spain – we have to take into account what we learn and get to know about all those people. Let's listen to them carefully and by keeping what they say to us or to other teachers.
A teacher cannot treat those people like they were numbers or, even worse, steps upon which I can move up a selfish career toward my own selfish satisfaction. 
We are at the school to…

3496. Do You Have Any Intuition as a Teacher?

The good teacher tries to plan his or her lessons. Also he or she might as well dedicate some brief daily time to think of just something brief that each class-group of theirs may be in need of. Because each class-group is in need of something to improve, and their teacher tries to find out what that is. 
All that has to do with intuition. The teacher has some intuition about what each class-group really needs. And that teacher is capable of quickly finding about that necessity. 
As well when the school year is over, that professional will write down some brief experiences of how the school year went. 
He or she does so in order to next year build upon what worked the past year. 
They will write about positive as well as negative points. All that also has to do with intuition. 
For example he or she will write about how some new activities or some more general approach succeeded or perhaps did not do. All this can be written on a simple Word document, in brief lines too. 
A teacher who does…

3495. For Any Teacher to Become a Good Professional

The main source and resource for the classes is the teacher himself. He can be like a volcano in eruption, or otherwise a peaceful continuous stream down a hill flowing along the prairie ;-)
He is the main tank of activities, and even if he utilizes books, apps and programs, he is like a cinema director that directs the filming and all its details within. Any of you or nearly so can be that teacher, not a super-teacher anyway.
But he must have interior life. He must cultivate his thoughts, ideas and imaginations. And so he should have time available for thinking. Otherwise also his mental skills will make him make good use of the scarce time available. 
He will for example join one thought over here to another one, one more over there to this one, a luminous idea that occurs right in the middle of teaching a lesson, perhaps when one student is contributing to the class… 
Such great teachers have done so along the teaching history. Any of you can be that teacher. Over time.
What teachers ca…

3494. Getting Good Rapport in the Classroom

Pheeeww! We already are at the end of the school year in the north hemisphere. And so we’re tired and it’s getting perhaps too warm, and soon it’ll be hot here in Granada, south of Spain. 
Officially the present school year finishes in May but I might offer extra classes in June, even though fewer and fewer students are attending the classes. 
Now I teach adults, and they’re learning English as a second language and have no official exams to pass. They wish to learn and acquire that language for their travels abroad and as well to maintain their minds agile and lively. 
So I mean that the teacher has to feel that their students may be tired and in need of some rest – even I am tired, however, I can offer those lessons also in June. 
Next week still within May it will be crucial to decide whether we have classes in June. 
At one of the schools where I teach adults we’ll definitely have lessons until mid-June. 
So if we cut off lessons now the students may feel like with a lingering wish to c…

3493. More on Getting the Students Involved in the Lesson

What teacher does not want discipline in his classroom? Well, then we have that the best discipline in the classroom is self-discipline. 
That happens when the students do want to work, or when the students are starting to want to work. In this latter case the teacher more likely can try and set that discipline: the time is right to try to set some nice discipline. 
Also there can be discipline when the students appreciate and love their teacher, mostly when this latter person has sought to also love his students. Thus we have discipline as a consequence of love of benevolence: both the teacher and the students seek what is good for the other persons. 
And that is the essence of love of benevolence: seeking what is good for the loved person. 
However, discipline or, better said, self-discipline, is also the result of a habit, after some repetition of actions of discipline – of self-discipline I mean. 
Then the student thinks kind of “I stay quiet and attentive and cooperative because I wan…