Saturday, January 21, 2017

3066. More about Discussions at Our Lessons

Discussions seems an interesting activity, okay, and we should listen to what other people want to say, but we as teachers I think should say the people participating in that discussion should respect the other participants and be also respectful toward third persons. Is that right? Thus we should be moderators. This is something so educative. / Photo from: Umbrella-7-Natural-Leaf-Umbrella Briff me. The picture is a nice illustration.

3065. Discussions on the USA New Government

An interesting activity for our second or foreign language classes? Discussions! If we can implement them in our lessons, with our students, it means and shows they have at least an intermediate language level. It means and entails our students can talk about interesting topics and can express and convey their opinions, ideas and feelings.
We can easily find topics for discussion, but I will show you two: Trump as the new USA president and Syrian and Iraqi refugees’ tragedy now in winter and always. If we’re Europeans for example we can also discuss on Trump’s government because his government realization also affects us and globally as well, for better or for worse - we hope for better.
Discussing capability shows our students have some intermediate or advanced levels. It means our students can enjoy their talking in the target language, namely English in my case. I insist on purpose: our students show they have an intermediate or advanced level, and can use the target tongue as a nice way of expressing their ideas and thoughts.
In contrast with that I can tell you an anecdote. Last Christmas a Chinese origin friend of mine taught us, in some minutes, with a powerpoint, some very basic rudiments of Chinese: it was so difficult, and evidently we could not express what we felt in that great language. But in English we can. On coming class-days I will carry out this nice activity with my students. / Photo from: teacher www i-to-i com

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

3064. Concerned about Our Students?

You may have kept concerned about possible demotivated students... I knew a male college residence director from Switzerland who had some prestige among his residents and the students that attended the residence for studying at the study hall.
He was joyful but demanding too, dressed up but close and affectionate too. He had gained his residents’ affection and prestige. He was close to his residents and used to learn about what they might be worried about. With him they could feel confident too, and if there was any problem he was rather prone to help out, if possible.
He did nothing odd or weird to make his weight felt: with a smile and an affectionate word he had gained those young men. He was not their buddy anyway. / Photo from: College-Professor Odyssey. I had this picture kept among others, and it suits and fits in here.

3063. Smiling Helps

You may have clearly noticed that when our students are motivated and even enthused, they learn better. Smiling by you helps, as I said on the previous post. Also you may have noted that the way you present something, for example even if you’re enthused, your students will follow and listen to you better.
I would say we teachers should be enthused about what we teach. Maybe it isn’t an explosive enthusiasm, okay, but as you like or may like what you teach, you will pass on that liking to your students. Little by little you’ll gain them for learning. It’s so, it’s like that, and you may know it.
Recently flipped-classroom methodologies are being used and implemented: at the classroom they do exercises and work on texts students may have found about in the Web, and at home they will revise, deepen into and study what they’ve learned at school.
The more they work, study and research (with your help and assistance), the more they will like what they’re dealing with. And at that process, they’ll see you like what they’re learning and they will get motivated. The more they work, the more they will want to keep on learning!
About demotivated students I could write on another post, but you may know that the more you work, plan your classes and put in their shoes, the more you’ll gain them to learning. You can see other posts at the “motivation” tag, at the right column of my blog. / Photo from: Verge Magazine

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

3062. Just Smiling

We teachers should create a nice atmosphere where we work at school. We should be nice with our colleagues, and in that way we will be helping them a lot, is that right?
And what can we do? Think for example of smiling. Just smiling. It helps a lot. It’s something great for meeting with colleagues, admins and other school personnel.
Even a smiling face can create a nice atmosphere among our students, concerning class management. That smile can mean we can control the class. It may show we are the masters of class management: students could notice we can master discipline among them – but before we should be sure we can master so!
Our students may notice we can control the situation; I don’t know quite well, but as I said, smiling may show we’re tranquil and easy about class management. I've seen it: smiling is something very serious...
Moreover smiling can open us many ways inside school, but it should be an honest and sincere smile: we pursue helping out at school; in no way is that smile a trick to seek ourselves in a selfish way: what we intend is to assist and help other people. Philosopher and theologian Saint Thomas of Aquinas said we need smiling faces around us! / Photo from: WallpaperUP. The picture is a season one: in the north hemisphere we’re in winter.

Monday, January 16, 2017

3061. How to Foster Communication

I told you all on post #3058 that communication inside marriage or between the boyfriend and the girlfriend is of a paramount importance, right? Well I knew of a marriage, not long ago, which got this interesting communication one day, by walking along a beach, in winter, like now, and they could talk between them and have small laughs.
That’s just one example of getting and achieving communication, and getting to know each other, which is very important. They were strolling along the seaside and talking and laughing for pretty long; they two alone.
At other circumstances, day by day, both marriage and courting couples should attain this marvelous communication, to get to know the other person well. Human being needs communication, and, by the way, we foreign or second language teachers can do a lot about all this.
This post has been written from some notes I scribbled last Christmas, and I just wanted to let you know about it. Engagement is a basic and fundamental stage to prepare both people for marriage: they should know each other quite well before they get married! / Photo from: A Broken Crayon