Saturday, March 24, 2018

3362. Developing Motivation in Our Students

Some days ago I wrote some notes on the computer, “Good learners are the ones that are aware of their learning. Plus they are able to self-asses their work and reflect on their learning. Good learners are autonomous learners. And all this reflects on their grades and marks, in the long run and not that long. March 20, 2018.”
And we as teachers want our students learn and get good grades, right?
We could devote a few classes to trying our students would think of these things, plus of learning and studying and researching techniques.
Therefore they will become aware of some conscious learning.
Summing up: We have to teach our students how to become good students by making them realize of all those thinking processes. Besides they’ll also become more motivated to continue and carry on learning and studying. / Photo from: SPRING-in-JAPAN-1920x1200 hdwallpaperup com. A season illustration

Thursday, March 22, 2018

3361. Autonomous Learners, Yes Sir!

We teachers should take into account that we have to invest effort in making our students become autonomous learners and with their own engine to boost some nice learning.
We might think we could go slower if teaching students to be autonomous, but in the long run we gain a lot.
Autonomous learners are like locomotives. They can assess themselves and they’re aware of their own learning process.
What to do to achieve that? If they’re mature enough – our students I mean – we can devote some few lessons to reflect upon this point and to work on learning and studying techniques.
You teachers likely are experts at studying, researching and investigating, for you’ve passed through those learning processes.
In few words, let’s dedicate a few classes to ponder about learning, studying, reading and researching.
We also should teach our students how to select material from the Internet, because they may encounter so much information that they could become overwhelmed by that burden!
As you can see all this has a lot to do with the flipped-classroom approach to learning. You can find more about flipped-classroom learning on this blog labels at the right column of it. And then you may agree or disagree. / Photo from: CNN com

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

3360. On How to Motivate Our Students

Definitely I’m going to give my students my blog address for them to follow me, if they like.
A few of them already do it.
I’m doing that because in that way my students can learn from the teacher’s angle and from his viewpoint, and that can boost and enhance their learning process quite much.
Learning the teacher’s strategies can boost and enhance their learning English quite much too. They could become aware of the teaching process, thus they could become aware of their own learning process.
Moreover good learners are autonomous learners. They’re aware of their own learning process and know how to asses and evaluate their learning on their own, yes they do so.
I’ll write a bit more about this on coming posts. / Photo from: school of the future Clarin 365

Monday, March 19, 2018

3359. How to Come Across Brilliant Ideas for Classes

Some days ago I wrote the following notes for later posting, “The teacher could take notes about lucky and brilliant ideas for the classes that come to mind when teaching, when strolling around, when planning lessons… March 12, 2018.”
He could have a diary or some sheets of paper to write on.
While doing other things the teacher could come across brilliant ideas to implement in his classes.
Also since the teacher should dedicate some daily time to personal study and self-growth as a teacher he could jot down some notes for later implementation.
Lately I could tell you that some quite a nice number of my posts on this blog come from notes I write on the computer or in my diary.
Some writers along history have done something similar: composing from previous notes, for example at their moleskins or diaries. Also some major literary works had a humble origin. Now I’m reading great Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Well, you may know that the origin of this masterpiece was some tales the author wrote for his younger children, and now The Lord of the Rings is a major universe of literature…
/ Photo from: The Lord of the Rings

Sunday, March 18, 2018

3358. How to Plan Lessons and Further Goals

We teachers have to plan the lessons and we may be embarked in such a labor. Okay, that’s okay. But also the teacher should consider and bear in mind what his students need along the following weeks.
He should take into account and bear in mind some things his students need to improve.
Or in other words, what he should carry out in view of his students’ academic necessities.
As well those general ideas to take into account may refer to the students’ feelings and sentiments. For example I could think that my students have to prepare oral presentations about a topic their choice, but on the other hand I can bear in mind that what they more urgently need is to have some fun or some relax in the following classes, perhaps some nice sense of humor...
All that series of goals may be something intuitive, and it’s much easier when the teacher is gaining experience.
I’m finishing this post. Alike what I have to take into account may also be something my students have to improve as a class of students. All this is something rather intuitive and comes to mind is a second, for example: Well what my students now have to improve is such and such. And that’s it. It comes to mind!
/ Photo from: meninas_museo_prado Madrid spanisculture com. I’d like to post that painting by great Velázquez, which is in Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. If you gazed and contemplated it closely you could discover so many great tricks that picture has! He painted in the 17th century at the Spanish monarchs’ palaces.

Friday, March 16, 2018

3357. How to Combat Routine and Dullness

Some days ago I wrote this note for later posting, “Teaching a language has something of an art and of a technique. March 10, 2018.” And it’s really so!
You can wonder why you became a teacher, and that’s okay, but over time you gain experience, and routine and dullness could get inside you. And we must be alert. We have got to recycle our teaching.
By learning from other teachers, reading on websites and teachers’ blogs, reading books on teaching, having a word with the department head, introducing new techniques and procedures, eliminating others that do not turn out well, getting more ample views about teaching, teaching by love (to God, to the students, to their families; which is love of benevolence: seeking what’s good for them all), reading on education and family from books in accordance to human dignity…
Also by attending webinars or participating in forums.
As well by thinking of what the students need, but I will talk about this latter point on coming days. Have a nice Saint Patrick’s Day! / Photo from: irish_village