Thursday, August 25, 2016

2961. I Like Young People

The teacher has to become concerned about the student as an individual and as a person.
He must consider, at his daily teaching, the persons he has opposite him in the classroom. And he shall be concerned about the student as a whole, as an entire subject. This is the core point of education, isn’t it?
The teacher does not confine his labor as just teaching, but also as educating persons!
He spends quite many hours with the student during a regular day.
He will think of the way the student thinks, and also about his biography, his individuality, his uniqueness, his traits, the way he learns. The best teacher is the one that likes the youth and all about them, plus a paramount point about young people: they are in need of assistance and help, because they are growing and going through growing-up crises. He likes and regards young people’s characteristics and their juvenile brush-strokes. / Photo from: student-at-public-library-1300x867 digilite am

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2960. Back to Classes with Grown-Ups

In some way, in some great way I’m quite excited with the beginning of the school year, albeit classes proper start in September or even in October, this latter case for college students and adults.
I’m looking forward to meeting with my students again, both grown-ups and kids alike.
All that entails more practice by me at using English, for example in an oral way. My students are pretty motivated, by the way.
Also that’ll mean we shall leave this present season, summer, which is being hot, and refreshing in nice fall. Each season has its things I like, and others I don’t so much. But all is okay with me anyway.  / Photo from: www smc com. Elderly students at computer class. the picture shows a class for grown-ups

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

2959. I Will Read The Book Again

Spanish educator and teacher of teachers Tomás Alvira (1906-1992) used to have dinner with all his family. I’ve written about him before.
Now I’m writing that he arranged things for his family to have dinner together and thus they could have a nice opportunity and chance for the kids to talk about what they had learned each day, plus they told about their friends, teachers, anecdotes.
He was a man that knew how to listen to, which is such an important characteristic of us teachers.
At those conversations he could educate their children too, and his wife Paquita also knew how to listen to them all.
Their house atmosphere had an authentic personality, and it was a nice place where they all could learn from one another. At home, at cozy and sweet home there were tidiness, order, affection, a nice taste: it was a house where they all wanted to arrive at after daily labor.
Their home and their style showed their rich interior life.
Last summer I read a biography about Tomás Alvira, and also about his wife Paquita, and written by teacher and educator and father Antonio Vázquez. It’s a must-read. Published by Spanish Palabra. Also the way they both dressed was a stroke of their interior lives. / Photo from: feelgrafix com. The picture tries to be a beautiful summer illustration

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2958. How to Involve Kids in Cleaning Chores

The order and tidiness of our classrooms will educate our students, and that’s for sure!
Even we could say to one of our students to tidy up a classroom which is in a mess, when we both pass by one that way. We can arrange it together, and so we teachers set an example.
When the classroom is neat and clean and ordered we can feel a bit of satisfaction.
Besides order and tidiness help discipline and class management. Even more if we have our students sitting nice, at classes.
Desks should be set in straight rows and columns so we get a rectangle of desks. Before the bell sounds, we can have our students tidy up the classroom.
As well the classroom noticeboard should show up clean and from time to time posters and students’ projects will be removed and replaced by other notices and other posters.
Remember we can deliver small jobs or chores to our students and some shall be in charge of the order of the classroom, or the students themselves could suggest their chores from a list. A place that way, as I said, is very educative. Kids like those small jobs and they grow and mature with them!
/ Photo from: Involving-Kids-in-Daily-Cleaning-Chores mortinlounge com

Saturday, August 20, 2016

2957. We Teachers Facilitate Communication

We English language teachers or other foreign or second language teachers facilitate communication among people, don’t we? Think of it! Just think of it for a moment.
We make communication to be something feasible and possible. We curtail and pull down frontiers between people, between persons. The frontiers of “strange” languages I mean, not the positive and necessary borders among people concerning privacy and politeness, which should exist always.
This kind of communication we make as possible is something we can also try to accomplish within and inside classes and so in the very classroom itself.
Communication should be human. I mean, communication should be authentic and genuine.
I’m going to propose something for my classes and for your classes. Let’s say messages and announcements in the target language too. If it didn’t work, okay, let’s change into our mother language, but at least let’s give it a try…
I will do it myself, in English, which is our common target language: both they and I are learning and acquiring English as a foreign language – we live in Spain.
I make this firm resolution right now. If that piece of communication is possible, we will have gained a great deal! Otherwise we could confine communication to the activities the textbook proposes, but I prefer that communication be in English, the target language, all the class long. / Photo from: business communication www incedogroup com. now I was thinking about a field we teachers can facilitate with our teaching: businesses, international businesses!

Friday, August 19, 2016

2956. When Your Children Learn and Acquire A Language

“They don’t know it, but they’re learning!” said David, a gentle veteran teacher at our summer camp, some weeks ago. I liked it.
It had been the first class day, and they had been playing to guess who the celebrity was. It’s a guessing game, a fun one, which makes the students ask the teacher questions about a celeb they have to guess.
What I liked the most was that those kids (teens) were actually learning, nearly or fully inadvertently! It’s the summit of learning and acquiring a foreign or second language!
However I also like when students may recognize they’re really learning.
Infants (“infant” means “the one that cannot speak, in-fant = no-speak”, so babies or even very young children) acquire the mother language from their moms, and dads too, but I reckon that chiefly from their moms.
Otherwise try to observe how moms repeat the same message or just a phrase to their dearest babies, like they were playing with those infants. Try to listen to moms talking to their babies at the park or along the sidewalk, whenever you can: it's interesting, if you're a language teacher.
In some good schools I know they teach English to infants too, and sometimes they play classic music, and other times they repeat words like for example colors, and thus babies learn there’re two ways to call a color: “red” and “rojo” (in Spanish). / Photo from: www schoolatoz edu au. I was thinking that adorable girl might be a child that can already speak, but the website said she was learning a foreign language: okay!