Wednesday, May 23, 2018

3386. We Teachers Are Building a Beautiful Building!

We teachers have to value and recognize our students’ effort and struggle. Also when assigning them their final grades.
We teachers have to put in their shoes. Well, we teachers may be tired and exhausted this far of the school year. Also they may be (likely) tired and exhausted.
So let’s value and recognize their work and effort this far of the school year. Even when addressing the whole class in the classroom we could be nice and kind and so value and recognize their effort.
We have to empathize with our students. Come on, there’s little left of the school year now! Let’s make the sprint of the race and set the last bricks stones of the beautiful building of the school year! Let’s explain this to them, with further nice words.
For us teachers this is one more year and for our young students that is a paramount year in their growing up! We are educating people, we have human beings in our hands! Their education is up to us, though primarily and mainly in their parents’ hands, right? Have a nice day! / Photo from: Chicago Chihuahua Noticias

Monday, May 21, 2018

3385. How to Assess and Evaluate Your Work

Experience counts for quite a lot.
Also if you try to do your best as a teacher you have a lot won.
Also if you try to behave and conduct the best you can, you have a lot already won.
Also if you try to be the best citizen you can, you have a lot won.
Also if you try to be honorable, you have a lot already done. Because teaching is educating people, educating them to be honorable citizens, right?
And experience is already quite a lot. When you have experience you can dominate teaching quite well, and then teaching is like an art. Also teaching is art from the beginnings.
It has a lot of a humane activity. It is art, a fine art, in some way.
Now that we may be about to finish the school year we can make some self-examination: what did I do well? What did I do wrong? What can I do better? And draw some nice serene conclusions. Have a nice week!
/ Photo from: ayuntamiento-herrera-del-duque-6945637 Ayuntamientos de España. Now in the north hemisphere we are not at a snow season, but I wanted to post that pic because that is a place where I spent my childhood: it is a village west of Spain, with very beautiful landscapes.

Friday, May 18, 2018

3384. A Time for Creativity

What to do at the end of the school year, when we may be exhausted, weary and even a bit sick?
It is the time when we may be at the countdown.
It is a relief my students are great, simply great. Also my head people are also great.
It is the time of fortitude too.
You have got to resist until the bell time, at this palestra of life. Obviously I’m not telling you family stuff but also there you have got to have fortitude, for the work can become greater too.
And for the summer? More work plus a kids summer camp of English.
You know, I don’t want to complain, just you may have to exert your best fortitude, which is a case of regular and normal administration.
And I believe you may get more strength for fall, for when back to school in fall. Why getting more strength? Because you relax and rest when you change your work and the regular scenario where you exert your daily work. I’m happy anyway. Also I count on the Other, on the transcendent, on God himself. He is so good.
Have a nice weekend, my colleagues! / Photo from: Emisoras Badajoz Teatro romano de Mérida. Oh those theater ruins have also resisted for long…! Kind of more than two thousand years! That is a building not far from my birthplace, in southern Europe. It’s awesome!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

3383. On Classroom Management...

Good rapport between the teacher and the students.
You may feel you must be a bit kind of a sergeant with your students, but… I’d say to you to be prudent.
In order to achieve to be human and demanding at the same time you need to put in your, in our students’ shoes.
Affection and prudence are vital. We need to be delicate and affective but at the same time we should not be our students’ buddy. Ours must be love of benevolence: we seek what’s good for our students, and so we are prudent when treating our students.
And how to manage the classroom?
Well, you know, I could say too many things but some point is: Let’s be serious with our students and not lenient at all.
If we respect our students we will more likely be respected. And that’s it. If we are serious and formal at our job, we will transmit and pass on seriousness and commitment at working in the classroom. It’s my own experience. Have a nice day my colleagues!
/ Photo from: list_autumn Hiroshima. Fernando, why did you set a fall picture now? Well, some of my visitors are from the south earth hemisphere and there they are in autumn… (although the pic is from Japan).

Monday, May 14, 2018

3382. How to Track Our Students Nicely!

We are sometimes worried and concerned about classroom management, right? Even more deeply, we may be worried and concerned about our dear students’ behavior and conduct, right?
I can tell you that in the previous school where I taught, in another city of southern Spain, we used to nicely track our students, our dear students, and as well we had individual tutorial interviews with each and every kid.
And even more: we used to have periodical interviews with their parents and so we could pull the cart in the same direction as those parents pulled the cart of their kids’ education.
We were so seriously concerned about those young people’s education and growing.
It was pretty sound when we met together, the teachers I mean, and used to talk about each individual student: we told what we knew from them form an exterior viewpoint, nothing from what the kids told us at those tutorial interviews.
You know what? I miss those teachers meetings: they were great!
We had those meetings to track our students' evaluation and assessment. / Photo from: evolution of the computer WordPress com

Friday, May 11, 2018

3381. Our Job as Teachers Is Great!

The lesson in the classroom is the teacher’s palestra or arena, in a positive way I mean.
It is then when we have to fulfill our teaching goals and also educate our students. Fulfilling our teaching goals and educating our students are interwoven and bound.
We want to fulfill some teaching goals but at the same time we pursue to educate our students as honorable citizens. And all that takes place as a single objective: teaching and educating.
Even more, we can ultimately consider them, our students, as children of God. And we can count on God’s grace and help to achieve the nice goal of educating our students as His children.
We may have planned the lesson but we have to make good use of time and of opportunities in the classroom: it’s then when we have to achieve those teaching goals plus educate our students!
As well we have to win and defeat our possible laziness: it is then when we have to apply what we may have learned from great experts at teaching! And that’s in the classroom, from well-thought and well-outfitted lesson plans.
Fulfilling our teaching goals and educating our students are the two sides of the same coin.
Some more specific ideas? We may try to teach our students to study and research, to write essays and make diagrams with the lessons contents. / Photo from: aviation_history Go Flight Medicine. Some lesson contents may be technology history.