Thursday, December 14, 2017

3311. Do You Like to Read?

I can tell you about my own experience at learning vocabulary and grammar by reading a novel in English, my students’ and my target language.
You know, sometimes I read more quickly and without stopping to look up a new word in the dictionary. Then I read for pleasure. But other times I look up a word that may be blocking the meaning and my understanding the sequence of the plot.
I mean, I can’t tell you something exclusive I do when reading the novel. At different times I do different things, but the average result is positive, I’d say.
Sometimes the main point is enjoying reading the novel, some other times I focus more on grammar and vocab.
Something also nice I could tell you is that I also learn or acquire words inadvertently. I mean, I may be devouring pages – more or less – and I can say I’m acquiring words: I use them at other times when they come up to mind in an unaware way: I just can use them because they pop up to mind.
I guess reading fiction – also non-fiction – is okay for learning a language. It’s not the only thing you can carry out anyway: you should do other things: listening, speaking, writing. / Photo from: airportsporting com. Once again the picture is an illustration, but anyway it might show something from the plot from some interesting novel.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

3310. Managing the Classroom in a Deep Way

Some days ago I wrote these notes, “Calling on students in the classroom builds up a structure of discipline and nice classroom management. December 10, 2017.”
When the students expect they might be called on and addressed by the teacher they tend to be silent and still. It’s simple but true anyway. And not only when called on randomly but also when addressed in an orderly way. I’ve seen it.
Yet I’d like to give it more ample a view. When calling on each student, we want him or her to intervene in the class. We’re involving him or her in the formal conducting of the class, and that counts for much.
We teachers expect a lot from them. And we should expect he or she can answer fine. Otherwise we should change and ask something they actually can answer or respond – not always it’s a formal question but we require something from him or her, like carrying out an exercise or any other activity.
Coming down to something deeper and more profound, we the teachers expect some human action from them. In other words, we consider those students capable of a formal and coherent response, a mature one; we’re helping him or her to be a bit more mature.
And, remember, we’re roping him or her into the lesson. Think of it. / Photo from: Tanngal. The picture is a picturesque illustration.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

3309. Are You a Creative Teacher Ultimately?

I would like all of you to remember that you must be happy. The first goal... and the ultimate one of our classes is for all of us teachers to be happy. And on trying our students also be happy we have to engage our lessons.
When I see a teacher that is trying his students would be happy, he more likely may be happy too. I insist on purpose: let’s try and be happy, our students too. And that entails investing our lives on that nice effort.
But always remembering that we have also to learn to relax and have our private lives as well.
I’ve seen that when a teacher donates himself to his students he more likely may be happy. To be happy here and after this life for everlasting life in heaven. For that we know that we can count on God, we can count on what’s transcendent and spiritual, not less real though. I firmly believe so.
Some days ago I wrote, “The value of what is transcendent, spiritual and supernatural. We can count on God. I’m referring to Someone we can’t see, he lives though. December 10, 2017.” He is our Father. / Photo from: Wallpapers-New-York-City-001

Monday, December 11, 2017

3308. Near Christmas and Always!

We teachers have to teach technically well.
That’s okay, but let’s keep in mind that the first point we have to meet is treating our students humanly, with respect and affection.
For example, can they follow us when teaching in the classroom? If we teach a second or foreign language, can they follow us? Are we teaching that language in a bit higher level than the students’ ones, but not much higher?
I know you try to keep all these things, because you’re reading this post, so that means you’re concerned about teaching fine. Remember that the classroom is a learning community: they learn as students and we learn as teachers. Every single day. / Photo from: Classroom Chronicles

Sunday, December 10, 2017

3307. Flexible Teachers Teach Better!

Do you ever get somewhat depressed because the lessons turned out bad? We teachers need to know that the important point about our lessons is the effort we invest in carrying them out well. The result is important but our effort is more important.
We have to value the process, not only the result, which sometimes or often depends on our students and other outside circumstances. The same counts for our students. Their grades are important but we have to value their struggle and effort at learning more than just on their grades.
And if our lessons don't turn out well, we will invest some more effort, but with serenity and taking into account that they depend not only on us teachers. We will analyze the situation with serenity. / Photo from: Free Library of Philadelphia

Saturday, December 9, 2017

3306. Are You a Flexible Teacher?

I’ve sometimes heard or read that the teacher has to be like an actor himself. I don’t mean he pretends something he doesn’t feel or he behaves and conducts himself hypocritically.
Something anyway he will have to do is showing himself with good humor, he may be tired though.
Teaching a class has something of being kind of an actor, for instance he has to act before a public, his students. And above anything else he has to direct the lesson.
Also he’ll have to be like an orchestra conductor, and I’ve referred to this on some post before. He’ll have to accomplish each student should “play his instrument” at the right time, this is, the teacher will achieve each and every student get the best from himself. And that at the right moment.
The teacher has to be like an actor, and get the best from each student, as that goes back to the origin of education: getting the best from inside and directing the way to wisdom, knowledge, skills… happiness in a word.
Educating etymologically means both getting the best from inside and leading the way. Teaching is an art, isn’t it? / Photo from: Logo Coaching Agenda. Dedicated to my colleagues at teaching.