Thursday, November 27, 2014

2070. Making the class more humane

The atmosphere of our classes will be nice if we teachers get concerned with getting to know each and every student, and as much as possible, the teacher should treat each student differently. 

With effort and commitment we can reach a lot, however not all we wish, but anyway we can reach far. 

Oh, and remember to arrange a date with their parents. / Photo from: teignmouth-classroom. 

I have got to clarify that the placement of desks on the picture above is not the only one to reach a nice class: mostly I’ve taught in classrooms where there were rows of desks. 

So both are options that can serve the purpose of implementing nice and interesting activities. 

Remember that the class with its teacher, should become a work group. / Photo from: teignmouth-classroom

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2069. A lot of creativity in one activity

A useful and helpful activity with kids can be composing a story with given characters and each character has this feature or that different one. 

This activity is better after the reading class or set time for reading, because you proposed an abridged book that kids liked a lot. 

Now you have their minds open to fantasy. / Photo from: ClassroomShot mondopub com

2068. Again father and son

Our son or one of them, or one of our daughters when a teen may have serious problems for making friends. 

Here parents can do a lot. The kid should be treated as an adult, and this can be accomplished with our honesty and sincerity. 

We can tell him things such as “I’m worried about that new friend” or telling him something we’re concerned about. It has nothing to do with telling the worries the parents may have, but the point is making the son to participate in some of our worries. 

In other words we have to go right to the crux by being honest with our son. Just that. / Photo from: www businessinsider com au

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2067. The true achiever

Who’s the person that achieves to master a language? 

A person who really wishes to learn a language, and he has the firm resolution to do it, he shall learn for sure. 

It’s a mixture of effective willing plus likes. You love what you know. You know more and more, and this fact makes you love learning, carrying on learning. You are continuously learning, from there, from here. All the time. Every day. You pick up one word here, one other word there. That’s the person who actually learns. 

And alike a person that has the need to manage the language to survive. Necessity sharpens our minds. / Photo from: ks 7sayers com

2066. Educating in honesty and sincerity

A key point in the education of teens is honesty and sincerity. 

For example: you’re writing on the chalkboard and a student throws a piece of chalk to the chalkboard. This is a serious and grievous occurring. 

Stop the class and ask who was it. 

I’m talking about real happenings, in this case about a colleague of ours. 

Likely nobody will say anything – let’s think this way. You get serious. Silence is very eloquent. Now you say you’ll find the student. You say that that student can come up to you out of the classroom and confess the truth. 

If the student appears, you’ve got to talk with him. Let him say what he thinks about that action. Likely too he’ll say it was something wrong and mischievous. 

Let him take an exit, I mean, believe in what he’s saying – the point is educating him also in honesty and sincerity: if he isn’t honest, it could happen he thinks he did wrong. 

Let him say why the thing is wrong or explain to him about your hard work and responsibility at educating them. 

I’ve seen another case when the teacher didn’t scold the kid, he just let him know about the dangerous thing which is to leave the school and get across the road – the responsible person will be you. Explain to him that you could go to jail, in case he would be hit by a car. In this real case too, in the end the student thanked the teacher (!). / Photo from: bobananneeclaydon com fall landscape

Monday, November 24, 2014

2065. Teaching grammar with meaningful examples

When presenting a new verbal tense I have said once at least that the teacher should proceed according to a logical process. 

1. Saying sentences by using the verbal tense – the students listen to the examples. 
And here is the main point: those sentences should be meaningful ones for them, not about things which are out of their worlds. 

2. The teacher asks questions to be answered by the students, using the verbal tense – be patient at this step; think for example of past simple: you will have to wait for a while until they start to say correct samples. 

3. The teacher and one student that understood the grammar of the verbal tense write sentences on the chalkboard or smart board. The students read out the sentences, by turns or as a chorus. 

And number 4 is they write sentences with that grammar point, both on their tablets, and on the chalkboard, by turns and in a volunteering way. I’ve learned this process mainly from Mrs. M. J. A. / Photo from: happydoll org