Saturday, January 31, 2015

2151. What should the teacher's features be?



A teacher must possess several virtues for commanding and managing the class-group and the class-period. 

One of those virtues is to be prudent and aware. Where? In what aspects? 

For instance: noticing his or her students are following his or her explanations and presentations; 
the relationships amongst the students – he can learn about it by organizing an excursion out; 
discovering a possible bad period or while of a student; 
thinking what else he or she can provide to a student who is so clever and smart and high-achieving; 
reprimanding a student; 
encouraging the class-group; 
noticing if the students are making homework and studying; 
taking the general pulse of the pace of the class; etc. / Photo from: police-academy wwwjacksonvillebeach org

Friday, January 30, 2015

2150. What to do with bullying?



Last week I talked to a tutor that had a student who used to show several symptoms of something weird and worrying. His grades at several school subjects had dropped, and this teacher observed something weird and strange in this kid, in his face, in his movements, in his behavior, in his capability of focusing on the class, in his not wanting to go out at the recess, in his loneliness at the recess. 

The teacher called his parents to attend a tutoring session with him. 

Things were not clear but something was happening for sure. All of them three weren’t able to find out the origin and roots of his problems. 

They asked another teacher to listen to them about the boy. This latter and more veteran teacher recommended the parents a psychiatrist that they could rely on. 

In the end they found a problem of bullying. 

The psychiatrist doctor prescribed some medicine and behavior points. 

Moreover the boy’s teacher talked to the students that were bullying the most – they were three – and told them about their wrong behavior toward the boy, and told them too about the things they could do to stop the wrong abuse. 

Today he’s remaining in the same school, and his classmates have become more aware of the conflicts they were provoking to the boy. As well the boy’s teacher from time to time talk with each disrupting kid aside. Also the teacher makes an interview with the boy every week for some minutes. 

Things are going better and better, because the three disrupting students don’t want to make any harm to the boy ultimately, and the problem is getting lower and lower because those three boys had other interests and concerns. They begged the boy’s pardon and apologized to him. / Photo from: onlineathens com

Thursday, January 29, 2015

2149. What's a teen like?



At the age of adolescence teens struggle in favor of their freedom, liberty and independence from their parents. 

However they still depend a lot on things such as: house and shelter, money, meals, help at studying, food, doctors, going to hospital if necessary, registering at academies or sport institutions, education, human relationships, traveling… 

Anyway they show that kind of freedom and at that age they can get somehow defiant, rebellious, even challenging, and they turn more to their gang of friends or to their sport team, like at soccer for example. / Photo from: Kids-playing-football www soccerbox com

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2148. Cooking warmers for the starting the class of English



In today’s class I’ve used as wormers at the beginning of the class questions from the written test they made last week. 

For example I was telling them a Spanish word and they had to give me the English translation. 

Later I had thought I could have asked the students to say the meaning of an English word from the test also by speaking in English. Such is life. I will do it next time. / Photo from: Copy-of-healthy-easy-recipes properecipes com

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2147. About necessary warmers at the beginning of a class



Warmers in the classes of English are just essential. I mean at the beginning of the class. 

You can implement different ones, according to your students’ needs and expectations. 

Remember that the class of English could take place after a math class. 

Some examples? A Hail Mary prayer all together, standing up; 
questions and answers about the weekend or a long weekend; 
questions and answers about the verbal tense you’re learning; 
some game – you have a list and short explanations on post # 259. I have to correct some errors and mistakes from that list, by the way. 
And finally a last example: questions and answers about the kids’ families, likes, favorite food, favorite school subject and why; etc. / Photo from: mountain-climbing www visitcentralvalley com

Monday, January 26, 2015

2146. Learning English due to good habits




My adult students are gaining willpower, because of their continuous effort to work on the worksheets I hand them out. I don’t assign homework, they study though. 

A habit, let’s think of a positive one like hard-working, is gained and gotten by means of repetition of actions. If they study with some frequency, they’re gaining the habit of studying the worksheets, and more importantly, they’re gaining English. 

I struggle for speaking in English all the time, and they understand me, depending on each student’s level of aural English anyway. / Photo from: Gardener Harry Cook who defiantly stopped a man in a van from stealing his potted plants and flowers 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2145. Making things work right



One day, at the beginning of the academic year, I took to the classroom visual aids, specifically pictures of objects, scenes, etc. The size of the photos was A4 approximately. 

I put the pictures on top of the chalkboard. 

I was rookie at that grade, 3rd of secondary education – the kids were 14 mainly. And rookie in general - it was my first years as a teacher. 

I started an activity that obviously had to do with the pictures plus talking something in English. Pretty soon I started to realize that they considered that exercise as so childish. 

I got mad, a bit mad or upset, even I could have shouted at somebody of them. 

Well, actually you must know where you are. Visual aids are ok with children, but at certain age they think you’re treating them like children and this is no good. 

I don’t mean you cannot use visual aids at that age, but other types and in a different mode – for example you can use pictures for them to describe to their classmates while these ones can't see them, or you yourself can do it, or from their course books. / Photo from: iStock_000018372274Medium www ojnetworks com au

Friday, January 23, 2015

2144. Their need to understand me



I usually say the full form of auxiliary and modal verbs in class, as in “we will make”, “what is…”. 

With time passing I will use the contract form together with the full form. 

I think that in this way my students will understand me and learn step by step. Other teachers and textbooks teach some contract forms from the very beginning. 

For me the key thing now is to understand me – and later we’ll use the contract forms; even they’ll discover them in the worksheets I hand them out. / Photo from: rabstol_net_winter_29 www rabstol net

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2143. A worksheet for you and your students!

Following is a worksheet I will utilize with my adult students. Their level is generally intermediate or upper-intermediate. We are going to work on it, and so conversation and discussion arise, up to the point that our nice discussion reaches other different topics. I hope there won't be much formatting bugs.




Worksheet # 166
January 22, 2015
In class
1.    What does ……. mean?
2.    How do you say ……. In English?
3.    How do you pronounce that word?
4.    The pronunciation is …….
5.    I don’t understand you. Could you repeat that sentence?
6.    What do you mean?
7.    I mean an animal.
8.    I mean it!
9.    Could you speak more slowly, please?
10. I’m sorry. I don’t understand.
11. I do mean it!
12. Is this correct, please?

Story:

In the second term we had a volunteer girl for the conversation sessions. She was from Midwest in USA, exactly from Kansas, so surrounded by Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma.

It’s Missouri where there have been racial problems, you know, African-American guys riddled and killed by white police officers.

Her name was Áine, so she had an Irish origin, we assumed. The pronunciation is /AWnya/. It means “splendor, brilliance, radiance”. Actually she told us many a thing from Ireland, and its Celtic culture. Her great-grandparents actually were from Ireland. At the beginning of the 20th century they emigrated to America.


It was interesting to talk with her. When she cheered up she said “Sláinte!” She told us that in the west of Ireland there are people with dark hair, which is not that common in general. She said that some vessels from the Armada shipwrecked on those coasts and shores, in the 16th century. And the Spanish soldiers decided to stay there, for example in Galway. By the way JFK’s origins are Irish as well, John Fitzgerald Kennedy I mean. Also from the west coast of Ireland. 

2142. Learning English again you said?



Some adults tell me they knew and studied English or French or another language, but since they haven’t practiced it, they’ve forgotten it forever. 

However I tell some of those people that if they re-start again, their learning will be more quickly than before, that they would remember words and expressions… in a word, they haven’t lost it forever: they can get a lot from their studies if they start again. / Photo from: learningenglish britishcouncil org

2141. It's your family ultimately



You’re a busy teacher, I know. You have not much time. 

Nonetheless you should dedicate some time every day to talk with your family, with your wife, your husband, about whatever, the family, this problem at home, that thing over there. 

It’s a way to show you love them. 

Listen to each of your children too. 

All this stuff is also like a job of yours. It’s worth the try. Oh, and your classes will go better, because you’re like more humane. / Photo from: reading_2477335b www telegraph co uk

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2140. Just doing an exam



Today I had an English test with my adult students. I’ve already graded them. It’s okay. It’s okay in general. 

I wanted to find out about my students’ advance, so we’ve had an exam. 

The following I’m going to say is rather bad, I mean, the test was written, but our classes are oral, though they have worksheets. What I mean is that you oughtn’t to make a written exam when speaking is the skill you’ve practiced. 

Anyway, I needed to get to know their advance and problems. Most of them have gotten a very positive grade, maybe because albeit we’ve practiced speaking they had the worksheets. 

I would advise you to have an exam in which you measure the skill or skills you’ve practiced. / Photo from: www usnews com

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2139. What to do when the student is in love



Traditionally, at least in our western society, we teachers have taught with and about reason. However sentiments and feelings should also be educated. 

In this area, like in many others, the first educators are parents. 

And so what can a teacher do in this area? 

First try to arrange rather frequent tutorials with parents, with each marriage. And then, treat about this field at tutorials with the students – like always male teachers with male students and the same for women. 

Ultimately we should teach and help about love. And one of the things and points we ought to underline is that love is a feeling and the biggest thing in the world, okay, but also implies the donation to others, to the other; to search for the best for the other person, the person the student may love. / Photo from: Boy-Studying620x300Veer1002529-80pct imgarcade com

2138. When the students get excited



Students can get excited with what they’re studying and learning. 

Let’s think of secondary education. If someone is excited he can learn more and more. If teachers know how to get their students excited, much the better. 

And a teacher can teach and pass on this ability if he or she gets excited with teaching that subject matter. 

You cannot give what you don’t have. 

Coming to the head: I would tell you to plan your classes, to read about education, and try to improve your passing on those likes and interests: if you’re excited, you will be able to pass it on. / Photo from: Person-Excited-at-Computer blog compete com 

Monday, January 19, 2015

2137. You're free and responsible, remember



We may coincide at the statement that everybody is free, and responsible of their actions, right? 

Let’s now think of a school, of a classroom: each student is free at doing what he thinks it’s okay at certain time. Along his actions he is making himself. He’s making himself! 

He’s the protagonist of his learning process, even more, of his education process. It’s a relief he can count on his teachers. 

As well we can consider that it’s a relief because he can learn this nice habit from this teacher and he can discard another behavior, of another teacher. 

Coming to the head: we teachers educate our students, not merely when at the classroom, but also with all our life – we’re responsible of the examples we set. Even our private lives do influence on our students, in one way or another. / Photo from: teacher-students-surrounding-laptop-resize www sheknows com

2136. Join the "Army"



The best discipline is self-discipline. 

The students get submitted and engaged in their own learning just because they want to. Tell your young students about all this, for them to apply that discipline: their job is learning, studying, practicing, etc. 

David Stevenson has been one of the people to state that. A discipline that must be applied (from outside the students) is not a good one. David Stevenson is an expert at World War I. He’s a historian scholar. 

Half kidding, half serious, we’re engaged in a daily battle, aren’t we? / Photo from: Poster Uncle Sam www authentichistory com

2135. When the students are adults



This morning I read a passage – the beginning – of an unabridged novel I’m reading, to my adult students. 

The result has been that they’ve understood some words. 

Nevertheless they’re improving, since all the class – or nearly, some 95% - is in the target language, English namely. / Photo from: Agreement-Handshake blog realdealdocs com

Sunday, January 18, 2015

2134. Reading out an original version



An activity I’m doing tomorrow, willing God, is to read out the beginning of a thriller in its original version to my adult students, for them to encounter a text in genuine and authentic English. 

My students’ levels are from intermediate to upper intermediate, some B2. 

It’s an experience which is new to them and has a stroke of novelty. 

As well I’m thinking of projecting Casablanca with subtitles in Spanish. 

By the way, the book is a thriller, The Prometheus Deception, by Robert Ludlum. I might tell you about the experience. I will ask them what they understood or their feelings. / Photo from: meeting-with-agenda abhinavpmp com

2133. The indispensable educators...



The first educator of kids is not the school but their parents, their families, their siblings up to some extent. 

Think of the way parents value their jobs, and work in general, the way they talk about their boss, their attitude to life and labor. 

All this influences more on kids than their gang of friends, according to an American survey. / Photo from: Reading-together www dyslexia ie

Saturday, January 17, 2015

2132. Femininity is essential at educating



At a school where there’re both boys and girls, the role female teachers carry out is indispensable. Woman has a series of features that are necessary and unique for the school. 

And more if we refer to young children. 

They have a special intuition, delicate tenderness, capability of being specially focused on small details, a special genius, etc. 

All this isn’t opposite to the idea of single-sex education, which option I personally prefer. Mostly I have taught in single-sex schools and I prefer this latter option. But as I say, it’s one more option. / Photo from: edustyster com. female teacher

Friday, January 16, 2015

2131. The good teacher's features



Spanish expert Julio Gallego Codes states about the teacher’s features, which are: 
trend and tendency toward young people, who are adolescents, so they “adolescentes” or need instruction, protection, love of benevolence; 
secondly, trend to values; 
thirdly, personality, temper, character, if the teacher doesn’t have a clear and sculptured personality, he cannot give it to others; 
and finally, good humor, which lets him pass over everyday small conflicts and which makes him human and humane. / Photo from: advice_for_teachers_to_help_prevent_misbehavior_in_their_classroom expertbeacon com

2130. Thank you readers


I thank you a lot for passing by my blog and read it. I hope it be any useful. / Photo from: EP-140809410 TBO com

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2129. Bilingual schools and centers



If a student has several and different school subjects, he can become confused, in some way. 

Besides we’re pushing toward bilingual centers, aren’t we? 

One thing we can implement is CBI, Content Based Instruction, and so have interdisciplinary nature. We can work on texts of history, traditions, folk-lore, science, etc., in English. 

One thing students have in favor is they can use the Internet. / Photo from: technology-school-1236x824-1376585841 www parentdish ca

2128. The value of friendship



Young people that are generous with other people recognize, with time passing, they’ve made good use of time, and they sometimes can see the fruit of their actions, also when a boyfriend and a girlfriend have known how to wait to marriage to have intimacy relationships. 

I know some cases, and they reach marriage with entire being. / Photo from: o-FRIENDS-BRAIN-facebook www huffingtonpost com

2127. How to write notes



It’s sound to learn how to write notes while the teacher is speaking. 

Sometimes we will write the key points, 
sometimes most of what he’s saying, 
sometimes a global diagram with the important points, 
sometimes just words, or references to other sources, 
sometimes the point or points we’re concerned about, 
sometimes we will just listen and maybe we’ll write afterward. / Photo from: diving www obgtravel com. This picture is just a nice illustration

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2126. He allows to be educated



Last Christmas The Wise Men or Three Kings have brought me a book by scholar Carlos Cardona, whose title is Ética del quehacer educativo. It’s just great. 

I used it in my last years of my degree – Philology of English. 

One thing it says is that the kid or student lets be educated by whom he knows he loves him, with a love of benevolence. 

2125. Also solved in the other computer! Thank God!


The problem looks solved in the other computer I usually utilize.

2124. Thank you!


Thank you: the problem seems solved!

2123. Some problems to solve


I've had some problem at publishing new posts. Hope to get it soon. I'm using a new format.

2122. Freedom of teens



Teens love freedom and liberty. They discover them, and then they ask others to let them be free, starting with their parents and families. 

They like rules only little. 

However since they’re eighteen approximately they discover that above all liberty and freedom serve the purpose of choosing what’s good, they discover freedom is not just doing what they fancy, otherwise what’s good. / Photo from: mommybrown com. teens on a line

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2121. How to study



Many students in our country, Spain, fail just because they don’t know how to study, say, History. 

They lack learning strategies. 

First you must read the text several times so as to understand it. Also you will have noticed the main info and the important points. Afterward write a summary or a layout, and then memorize it. Later, after that, revise the text several times. 

If 80% of students did it this way, there would be fewer fails. / Photo from: Swimming Clubs 1_920x550 www leisurecentre com

2120. Do your students wish to learn English?



Who’s the person that achieves to master a language? 

A person who really wishes to learn a language, and he has the firm resolution to do it: he shall learn for sure. 

It’s a mixture of effective willing plus likes. 

You love what you know. You know more and more, and this fact makes you love learning, carrying on learning. 

You are continuously learning, from there, from here. All the time. Every day. You pick up one word here, one other word there. That’s the person who actually learns. / Photo from: english-learning www youtube com

Monday, January 12, 2015

2119. A student council is cool!



We teachers must follow and track our students. Nevertheless we cannot reach too far: we have many a student and plenty of work to fulfill. 

In the school where I taught in the south of Spain, in a different city, we had a council of students, elected by their classmates at the beginning of the academic year. 

There was the representative of the class-group, plus two speakers. 

I used to meet up with them from time to time. We studied the student who was lonelier, possible pornographic magazines passing down, problems at the progress of someone specific the council was concerned about, etc. 

It was really helpful. / Photo from: The_Tpjc_Student_Council. en wikipedia org 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2118. Having your students speaking in the target language



Currently and mainly I teach adults. 

The point is to help them learn and acquire the capability of speaking in English. 

We have few classes per week and I had thought to confine the aim to speaking. So the students describe full color pictures, define words in English, I have them translate useful expressions from Spanish into English. 

I hand out worksheets with texts and sentences we exploit in classes, and which ones are the origin to have a topic to talk about. 

Oh, and they listen to me speaking in English in a massive way – we have immersion. / Photo from: www pecsma hu. swimming. The picture is just an illustration

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2117. Do you know how to read?



Melvil Dewey stated that the crux and core of education was not just being able to read but getting to understand and catch the meaning of what is written on the page. / Photo from: girl-reading dallaslibrary2 org