Friday, November 17, 2017

3291. Discipline and Affection Go Together! (2)

Some days ago I wrote the following notes: “One-goal theory: let’s see what’s good for my two schools: presentations and have them in my pocket. November 10, 2017. I guess that is gotten by a mature person.”
I meant that sometimes, especially when the teacher is experienced, he can have a single-goal planning for his lessons – plus the actual activities, of course.
He seeks what’s most necessary for his class-groups. In my case: since I teach at two centers, some days ago I achieved to think what the main points for my class-groups were. And I decided that a single goal would be okay with my lesson planning – plus the specific activities.
For one of those centers the main goal should be for the students to give their oral presentations about a topic their choice, in the classroom. And for the other center the main goal should be having my students in my pocket. And I said this latter goal because I’m starting classes with them and the core point regarding them now should be treating them with some great affection and interest: both they and I are getting acquainted with one other.
In that way they will for sure work fine, which is something I’m already noticing, and that’s great, thank God.

Later on I could have other goals for those centers. / Photo from: Mind%20The%20Step. The picture is an illustration that means we have to be attentive: when there’s a gap we could fall in or in my case I have to be kindly attentive to my students’ needs and expectations.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

3290. On Motivating Our Students

On post #3288 I wrote that positive motivation helps us get discipline and nice classroom management. And it’s so! I’ve seen it I can confess so to you.
Positive motivation helps create nice rapport between the teacher and the students, and it’s so too.
If your students do things fine you can tell them that you thank them for their attention and for their hard working, if the case. Also we could recognize good learning actions, or some of them.
Now I’d like to add something else: If we teachers respect our students in a nice way more likely our students will respect us their teachers. At a beginning this could not happen, but over time we’ll get it.
What happens with teens is that they don’t have self-discipline. And we teachers have to train them at that skill. Little by little, and you know it’s so, it happens that way, it’s like that. Even we could explicitly let our students know about that lack of self-discipline, and how that discipline will help them become happier and more satisfied.
As they’re growing they may be building up that nice self-discipline. That self-discipline is the best one and the only one that makes them good students and respectful ones. As well they should learn they owe respect to their teacher. / Photo from: jaguar the expected formula 1 for 2018 from thisisf1 com. You can compare it with the 1969 model on the previous post... Anyway I guess the one on this post is a concept car.

Monday, November 13, 2017

3289. What Is Your Teaching Style Like?

The teacher may feel anxiety, okay, but have you thought it’s the students, either kids or adults, who may feel anxiety?
It’s okay we foreign or second language teachers create an atmosphere where English (for example) is the spoken language. But if you notice that your students are getting that anxiety, you can break the ice and tell them some encouraging words to them in their first language, Spanish (for example).
Also you can ask them how they’re understanding you. Even more if they adults come to you between classes and let you know that they are rather stressed out, maybe a bit.
Or if their parents, when you teach kids, come to the school to let you know they, maybe few of them, may be getting stressed out. That’s very important and you know it is, indeed.
So smiling and letting them speak can be something convenient. In many other cases you may go on with your teaching style, for your dear students are not stressed at all, because you know how to deal with teaching in a not tense way at all.
In any case you should get some feedback from your students. Even more if you have tutorials with them, individual ones I mean. / Photo from: mclaren_nurburgring_1969_portada SoyMotor com. Although I posted a classical formula 1 car I mean that to win the “contest” of the classes we should work with our students as a learning team…

Saturday, November 11, 2017

3288. Affection and Discipline Go Together!

Some days ago I wrote the following notes: “Positive motivation as a classroom management booster. Thank you for your attention… You’re great.”
I meant that by recognizing what’s good about our students’ behavior we could set some nice classroom management. Yes, because we emphasize what our dear students do well and put aside what’s wrong about their behavior.
Students grow better if we involve them in a kind, gentle and educative atmosphere. A respectful one too. Also some sense of humor helps set some nice discipline, when a working atmosphere is already settled in the classroom. But I’ll write about this on another post... / Photo from: flyingsteps com. The picture is just an illustration, a curious one I guess. What's the city at the background? Toronto?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

3287. Was My Blog Any Useful?

Now I would like to thank you my readers and all readers that drop by my blog. Without you this blog would not be possible.
I hope I might have taught you something useful. I’ve had fun at writing it and I have been able to display my doctoral dissertation, which was aborted: I preferred to write something more practical, which could help my dear colleagues all over the world.
The doctoral dissertation would have been too theoretical and I liked something more practical, as I said. I like the day-to-day struggle to teach English and help others in that learning process, which is passionate.
And sorry for my mistakes and errors at using English: I’ve kicked English – I mean my English is not that good, I presume. Well, learning a language, a foreign or second one is a life-long process, a passionate one, I’d say.
Thank you very much again. I’ve poured a nice part of my career as a teacher along this blog. Sláinte, Cheers! / Photo from: Newsfirst. I hope I’ve led you along a nice landscape with my blog!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

3286. Beholding Classroom Management!

Can we find disruptive students in an adult class-group? We can. Actually I’m having this problem.
What I’m going to do is to talk with her. Gently. And trying she would go to the “right side”: she should behave better and avoid saying bad manner things in the classroom.
Originally I was thinking of telling her off, but I prefer to talk to her in a nice way. I can tell you I’ve also consulted about this with some colleague. Definitely I’m trying she should convince she has to conduct in a nice and polite way.
And not only for me but also for her classmates’ benefit and good. I will talk with her before next class, aside and apart, not in public. Let’s see if this turns out okay. Also I confide and trust all these daily job matters to prayer with God, for he is a loving father, who wishes our good. / Photo from: live wallpaper HD Desktop Wallpapers rainy day. Here in Spain we’re suffering a sturdy drought. The illustration is a season one.

Monday, November 6, 2017

3285. Some Hint at How I Plan. It Helps Me!

With two of the class-groups I currently have I’ve proceeded in a different way than usually.
I’ve started the classes first, and when I realize and make out their levels I’ll make up my planning and programming the whole school year. First I want to learn about those new students – adults – and only then will I plan their general syllabus.
Ordinarily I plan the syllabus first, and then I start my classes. Better said, I get a general planning or syllabus beforehand and then, when I’ve taught several classes I point out the main strokes or points about the learning process they could follow; their syllabus, in a single word.
Something that helps me a lot is taking to the classroom some lesson planning for each class-period: when I stop to think about each class-group I think of what they need the most, and thus, as I can remember what I’ve thought for each class-group.
In that way I can teach something more specific for each class-group: I have several class-groups and in that way I can more easily think about what they need most importantly.
Oh, sorry, I think I made a little mess: in few words, I plan each lesson and a general syllabus for the whole school year! / Photo from: limpieza-Granada-vistas-Albaicin-Inagra-Ferrovial. At the background of the pic you can see Alhambra palaces and castle, which are grand – don’t miss them, and come to Granada in Spain!

Friday, November 3, 2017

3284. Making Up the Right Learning Community

A learning community. Now more than ever before, the classroom is a learning community. Everyone learns. Also the teacher, which is my case: I learn from and with my students, who are grown-ups.
However, with kids the classroom also can be a learning community, where everybody learns and betters as a person.
That does not mean the teacher keeps no longer being a knowledge source. He keeps being so. A knowledge source. Because he has collected more knowledge and classroom resources along his career as a teacher. We cannot get rid of the teacher. He also orientates his students along their learning processes.
And an important point is as well that the teacher can be and set an example of a person who is still learning. He can set an example, a nice one. And he keeps being the mirror where the students see themselves as learners, albeit he leads the way toward learning through the possible labyrinth of that learning. Labyrinth in a positive way: human growing up is great! / Photo from: school-house Albuquerque Teachers Federation

Thursday, November 2, 2017

3283. Working as a Great Team!

When students are capable of a thorough insight, they improve a lot as students. And as persons. They become aware of their way of learning and studying, and they better a lot.
My students now are adults, as you may know. They’re clever. They can learn and even modify their way of learning to adapt it to new circumstances.
Two of my class-groups have begun recently, and I can see how they try their best, both at basic and more advanced levels. In the classroom they’re machine thinkers, let’s say.
They may adapt their way of understanding me in English in order to understand me better. And also I’m trying to adapt my teaching to their way of learning and acquiring. When these two principles meet, the learning may be great.
They’re making out their way of learning at my lessons, and also I’m making out their ways of learning.
As well I’m making out their levels of English, because the classes are mixed-ability, and there’re high-achievers and low-achievers as well. With modesty I say it: experience makes the difference: I’ve been teaching for some twenty-five years, and I thank God for my experience. Mine and the one I can read in teachers’ blogs and websites. Thank you very much, teachers!
Also I learn quite a lot from my students, English words too! / Photo from: YouTube. I posted a picture of a powerful engine: my students are powerful learners too! I can especially see this in the students I’ve had for more years.

Monday, October 30, 2017

3282. Something Relaxing for Our Professional Work

We can count on the transcendent One, who is God our father.
He has a limitless love of all dads and moms, even more than that. The clever thing is trusting and counting on him. That makes life much easier and we are not inclined to a fate. We are taken care of with limitless love and tenderness.
We have empirical knowledge but also we have philosophical and metaphysic knowledge. And that knowledge tells us we can count on God. He is our father God. And this makes us be more tranquil and easier: we are not advocated to a blind and sightless fate.
We Christians have the knowledge of God’s providence upon us. And thus and therefore we can live more tranquil and peaceful.
And that on the street, at our job, at home, always, always. / Photo from: face2faceafricacom. The illustration is just so, a nice illustration. We can have a hint from God in creation.
And we men and women collaborate with God at his creation: we somehow complete creation, we cooperate with him, and that at our daily post of life. He wants us to collaborate with him, for example at and with our everyday professional work.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

3281. Communication in the Classroom Is Great!

The foreign or second language teacher must train his students to acquire some communicative competence. A lot of communicative competence, I’d say.
He will not give just language facts, like words, but he will train his students to get that competence.
The communicative approach is okay. But consider also that it implies some notional and functional approaches. The student will learn about different topics and as well he will train himself at saying things that are performative: how to book a reservation, how to claim for something, how to apologize, how to ask about something, and zillion of more nice things. All that with serenity.
Classes will be practical, although the teacher, or the students, can also give the needed vocabulary and grammar.
Students will be exposed to massive English – if the case – and in that way they’ll also acquire the language, and not only learn it. Acquisition has something of unaware learning. And adults can also acquire, and not only infants. I learned this from great H. D. Brown. / Photo from: gCaptain. The picture is just a nice illustration.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

3280. Some Key to Success at Homeworking

Homework? It’s essential.
If I had kids as students I would assign and set some homework. It is useful. I teach English, as you may know. At home the students could write compositions or focus on already corrected-by-me compositions or essays. Or also they can read and re-read some text we’ve worked on at the classroom. Etcetera.
Only we teachers should realize that they have other school subjects and must also do homework for those subjects…
At home they can sediment what learned at school.
However, if we follow the flipped-classroom model the homework would be so different: The kids search, read and visualize material at home and they bring that material to the classroom to discuss about it, said in a rather simplistic way – that’s the core thing I think; well also I’d add that the teacher help the students get and obtain something more specific, more defined, at the classroom. At home also they can visualize tutorials and can work online.
In that latter case the teacher should lead and orientate the material searching the kids can carry out on the Internet.
Summing up, working and studying at home seem necessary, don’t you think so? / Photo from: Academia de inglés en Elche

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

3279. My Lessons with Adults Are Great Anyway!

Lately I’m having more lessons with adults. They’re great and very grateful and kind. Also they’re more demanding than most of kids.
Now, these days I’m trying to make out their levels. There are two levels, two groups, but each student has his or her own level anyway! There should be more groups, but this far it’s only two groups. I have to combine multiple leveled-activities. And also I only have one lesson per group in the week at one of my schools! / Photo from: Heathrow Airport. They’re learning English also for traveling abroad.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

3278. When the Students Are So Great

I have recently started English classes with more adults. They’re great. And very motivated. I enjoy to teach them, they’re demanding though.
They need English for traveling and because some of them have sons or daughters in some English-speaking country, mainly in the UK, Ireland or the States.
They’re great, and very demanding, as I said.
Now they’re making out what exactly their level and communicative competence in that language is, to attend the corresponding lessons and levels.
I can also learn from them: they tend to work nice and take learning and acquiring English pretty seriously, and most of them don’t want to miss any lesson. And quite perseverant. Even sometimes I learn vocabulary from them... They use nice learning strategies.
When teaching the lowest level class I have to adapt my teaching at that level – some of them know little. At the same time I also have to raise the level when teaching high-achievers: by no means can I have them get bored, because they could be learning nothing new or not developing their communicative competence in a nice way.
They learn because they need the language. / Photo from: c-muelle-de-los-granos-y-de-las-hierbas-graslei-korenlei-gante-belgica-buendia-tours. Well, you know, I posted a beautiful picture, but there people speak French and/or Dutch.

Monday, October 16, 2017

3277. How to Learn Many Words Easily

We have already progressed along the school year for a while, okay. And if we’re foreign or second language teachers we may have to also learn that target language.
And we also need vocabulary, to help our students. One way for learning vocabulary is massive reading, for example a novel or an essay book. If we read massively we’ll learn words inadvertently. But remember, we need to read a lot.
In that way we’ll be not only learning the language but acquiring it, in an unaware way. And since we’re learners we will be able to advise our students in a nice way.
We can consult the dictionary for some words but others will get stuck in mind inadvertently, as I said. And all that’s very nice, and useful. In that way as well we’ll be acquiring what we could call the language sense: you can state learning strategies from your own learning experience.
You’re a learner, you’re like a teacher, you can advise other learners. You read a lot, you get some words, quite many ones over time. You have to see many words so as to gain some of them. / Photo from: Pixabay. The girl is capturing images as you may be capturing words.

Friday, October 13, 2017

3276. Are You a Wise Teacher...?

The wise teacher is the one that knows how to get the most from his students.
He directs their work but also delivers some freedom regarding the point that each student would do whatever he needs more.
The wise teacher is the one who knows how to make his students realize that what he teaches is important to them. In adults’ case these ones know how to force themselves so as to work fine in order to achieve the goal they’re following.
When the students are kids, the wise teacher knows how to delicately make his students learn that the classes’ stuff is important to them too.
The wise teacher manages the classroom nice, mostly. He’s an experienced teacher, and, as I said, he knows how to get the most from those youngsters. That’s precisely educating, getting the best from the learners.
And also to direct his students’ learning processes, respecting the students’ freedom, ultimately. He will achieve his students will work nice, anyway. He knows how to do that. And now I can say you’re kind for reading this post. Greetings! Sláinte! (Irish word for “Cheers!”) / Photo from: BBC

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

3275. A Good Teacher Must Be Flexible

Yesterday I started English classes with two new groups. They were together because they didn’t know what their level of English is. They’re adults.
And yesterday I had as the main goal to make up two groups, according to two basic levels: basic and “advanced”. I taught them one class, with all the students together in the same classroom, as I said.
And from next Tuesday I’ll teach two groups. I was taking some lesson planning for yesterday’s lesson to the classroom, but soon I realized I had to improvise and adapt that lesson to what I had in front of me.
What I try to point out here is that lesson planning is okay, but sometimes, even often, you’ve got to adapt to the class you have in front of you. In the end every student got happy by learning what his or her group is, except for one female student, a lady, that had to leave earlier and I told her she would fit in the advanced level, but better she should go to the basic. Next Tuesday I’ll let her know she should go to the other class group.
So planning is okay but sometimes, even often you’ve got to change your mind. A teacher must have flexibility, which is something you gain over years, over time. / Photo from: Chrysler-Portal-640x367 Extreme Tech. The picture is an illustration, a cool one I think.

Monday, October 9, 2017

3274. Do We Know How to Work as a Team?

We teachers have to learn to work as a team. It is necessary, just necessary.
Collegiality is an art that we have to learn. It means we must work also as a team, taking the other teachers into account. Beginning with our colleagues that work at the same department, for example foreign languages, which is my case.
Collegiality is an art that must be learned. You do not improvise working as a team: it is something you learn over time and together with your colleagues.
It comprises learning to listen to the others, maybe changing our mind about some viewpoint if necessary, sharing opinions and viewpoints, counting on the best each teacher can pose and propose.
It’s wonderful to be able to count on other teachers. When I started to work as a teacher (1993) my department head and some other few teachers monitored my learning to teach. It’s marvelous to have other teachers you can lean against. / Photo from: BBC. London Bridge. To build something great it is not enough for an only worker: many workers together can push up the construction of a building.

Friday, October 6, 2017

3273. Why Did You Become a Teacher?

If we want to be good teachers, and we want to!, we have to be very human. Otherwise we would not hit the target of teaching and educating our students, whatever age they are.
We have to be cordial. Which is not an obstacle to hold some nice discipline in the classroom. Even more we will only reach nice discipline if we’re good teachers.
Saying that you’re a good teacher is something great.
Also we have to be honorable and upright, otherwise we will not educate nor even teach. We have to be human and people who listen to their students. I knew a teacher that knew how to listen to, and he was great, yes he was!
All that attitude educates a lot. It is very formative. We teachers have to live for our students. They’re one of the main reasons for our living, not to mention our working. In some way we have to be like a mom or a dad to our students. In that way we’ll know how to forgive our students and we won’t keep rancor.
That teacher I knew achieved to keep the class of students attentive even by gazing at all his students in a way that was plenty of love to them – something ordinary and not odd though. Benevolence love, remember: to wish what’s good to them. / Photo from: kamakerala com. I posted that illustration because I posted another one of Tintin few posts ago.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

3272. Our Students Will Thank Us Their Teachers

Sometimes we teachers will have to reprimand some student, and you perfectly know this is so.
We must have enough fortitude to tell him something to correct himself. We should carry out this correction without humiliating him and aside, when the teacher is alone with his student.
As you know we rather should not correct in public. We can indicate something wrong in the classroom anyway.
Often we must exert fortitude, because it is easier not to correct what he did wrong. But we wish his education: his parents have given us his son to help them educate him. Obviously I’m referring to a son or a daughter, or even some more children of a big family.
We teachers will carry out this correction apart, and not in public, as I said. And always when talking with this student we will leave some exit, an honorable one, for him to leave our office without having humiliated him at all.
Sometimes we can correct that student while strolling at the school playground or along the sports fields. So as to finish I’d add that we have to make that student realize about his problem: we won’t say all, but the reprimanding will be a conversation, where the student recognizes his wrong attitude.
And at another time, for example next day in the classroom we’ll treat him nice so as for him to learn we are not upset toward him. / Photo from: Cargo Ship Core 77. When correcting we cannot put too much weight on the corrected student, but always we’ll be clear.

Monday, October 2, 2017

3271. Achieving Highly Motivated Students

I had the following quotation from somewhere among my notes. It is adequate and innate for man to seek and wish what is good for other people, for the other person. Man is happy if he has got friends, to whom he can seek happiness.
The teacher, what does he do? What does he do ultimately? He seeks happiness for his students.
Okay, he teaches, but ultimately, seeking happiness to his students. Because of that he treats them nice. And also he teaches his students for them to be thorough and upright citizens, is that right?
Today is Monday. The teacher today went to the school to teach nice, and make his students learn how to learn.
Something practical? He treats his students in an exquisite way. Lately I’ve been reading about thorough teachers who achieved their students would learn. And it is a mixture of motivation, nice feelings, and effort. He breathes that life into their learning process. He does achieve his students learn nice, because these latter people do wish to learn. It’s those students the ones who really learn: they learn because they just wish to learn. And they wish because their teacher wishes to teach nice. / Photo from: chateau-de-la-cote Bourdeilles France TripAdvisor

Friday, September 29, 2017

3270. Creating Autonomous Learners

I wrote about a very good Spanish school on the last post. That school sets a nice example to us teachers. It has so many valuable things. Many ones.
I was thinking of the main point, like a summary of its advantages. I would signal and point out that the main point is that the students are autonomous learners, up to some extent.
The teachers teach their students to be extra good learners. Those kids are like their own teachers. They plan their learning and their assessing and evaluation. Some kids will pass their grades in May, others in June, but all of them will for sure reach the objectives.
Each student has his teacher, sort of one teacher per one student. I don’t mean there are as many teachers as students, but the final result is like the kids had their tutors-teachers. Each student learn because he wishes so.
They can tell you what they’re learning, how they’re learning and why they’re learning, awesome! The school is at the same level as the best ones in the USA, Finland, UK, Italy and Germany. Instead of traditional testing they assess themselves whenever they think it’s okay, sooner or later.
And the teachers diagnose those kids and let them know about their strong and weaker points. Awesome and cool! / Photo from: Huffington Post. I posted that picture among other reasons because when I was a kid I liked the comics of that clever reporter.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

3269. Motivation Plus Autonomous Learners!

Today I’ve read about a school in Spain that has nothing to envy the best schools for example from Finland – which are among the best ones, not to mention also there’re quite many brilliant schools in the USA...
I’d like to read the article from the paper for longer and I could let you know about my findings.
The point, the main point is that… well, it’s twofold: the education there is absolutely personalized and individualized. And the second point is that there, at that school, they teach the kids to learn how to learn.
Any kid there, tentatively, could tell anyone who’s asking around what they’re learning, how they’re learning it, and why they’re learning that. That said I have mentioned the main core points about that school. On coming days I’ll tell you more findings by me about the article.
Think of those key things: personalized education plus learning to learn – anyway all this can be something you’re already doing in your schools, because my readers, many of them, most of you teachers, are so committed teachers! / Photo from: The Sun. (I dunno why but I wonder why dolphins look they’re kinda smiling, all the time…)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

3268. Have We Realized How Teens Really Are?

As I said on the previous post young people, like our students, are capable of all that is great. They’re at the age when they can contain great ideals and some big generosity.
Sometimes we may think they’re rather troublesome but if we adults help them in the right way, they can become great people, great persons. We can take advantage of individual tutoring sessions in order to help them take what they have in their inner being and heart.
But we grown-ups must set an example. For instance they have the idea of justice very deep inside, and they don’t tolerate we could be more inclined to some students.
Some nice exercise we can do when they’re teens is setting the task of writing about themselves. It’s original. And tell them you’re going to read their essays. You for sure will get amazed at what they’ve written and will see many different things and lives. Even you could learn something useful for your daily teaching and treating them.
By the way, they’re naturally open to the transcendent and great values as well. If we show them who God is they can start to love him as the best dad ever, with also an incredible tenderness of the best mom in the world. / Photo from: Pinterest. As you well know we live in a globalized world and we can have very different students.

Monday, September 25, 2017

3267. Writing Stories with Love and Greatness

Pheeew! We’re starting the new school year and we need some help, for example by visiting Angela Watson’s blogs.
Today I wanted to write a bit about our youngsters. Although sometimes we might think otherwise, young people are passing through an age prone to high ideals. They’re capable of all that is great.
They’re generous enough to face great ideals. We should not forget this point. And when talking with them we should pull from the strokes that show they’re capable of those big things in life.
I think I’m writing about this issue later or even tomorrow. But please bear in mind about this point: young people can be determined and prone to great ideals.
And you may think of the many volunteers who enroll in big enterprises in favor of refugees, or the poor, or the illiterate, or the elderly… or just they’re great citizens or might be so, who can make our countries great too! / Photo from: Police helicopter ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Saturday, September 23, 2017

3266. Do You Ever Feel Anxiety?

We’ve already started the new school year. Things are developing. We try and do our best, is that so? I guess so, because you’re committed teachers.
Nevertheless we may be a bit anxious. Yes, because we may feel like we were not doing our best, and thus we may feel this anxiety.
Some posts ago I told you all that it is sensible to specify a goal per class. Just a goal. A realistic one, and not naïve, because we may be somewhat experienced teachers.
Think of a goal that is suitable to your students. And which one will boost their learning process at least for a bit. Many bits together make up a lot, quite a lot, right?
Something else today. If we’re second or foreign language teachers we should vocalize in the classroom to convey clear messages, and at a level which is a bit above the students’ one but not too much above: the class is a chance for our students to learn and advance and not to show off how much English we know!
Our students are also protagonists. And they must learn and not be left behind. / Photo from: La Vanguardia

Thursday, September 21, 2017

3265. Educating Personalities Is Great and Demanding!

We teachers have to help our students’ families at the duty of educating their children’s personalities. And we’ll achieve this in the classroom, but individual tutoring sessions are indispensable too.
Treating each kid is necessary. Better if male teachers talk with male students and the same with women, because personal, very personal aspects are treated and dealt with and you make friends. This is my experience and it seems okay.
Schools should devote enough time for individual tutoring sessions with the kids. We have to help our students face life’s aspects. And all that has to do with educating their personalities. We won’t only confine our work to teaching math, history, English… but we should educate our students in a thorough way, and in accordance with their families.
We have the beautiful duty of educating our students in an integral and complete way, if their parents agree, and this is very important. I repeat on purpose: if their parents agree.
Now that we have their permission and we want to work together with those parents, we can have those tutoring sessions. We have to meet with their parents rather frequently. Parents have the first and primordial duty of educating their kids.
And we have to gain and get along with their children, in order to educate their personalities, through those tutorials. If we work fine in the clasroom, we’ll gain some nice prestige, which will open the entrance to educate those kids.
We will not force those kids. It’s art what we need. I mean, to reach those kids’ interior we need to be like artists, or doctors, whom those young people can trust. We will reach their interior over time, after having talked for rather long.
Trusting is not something you can obtain by forcing but through affection, listening, listening, listening, speaking first by the teacher, getting interested on what those kids want to tell us, over time, experience, with God’s grace and help (because we’re open to the transcendent, and we believe and trust in God), optimism, intuition...
It is ART, and we have to follow what those parents wish for their children. Remember that we have to meet with those parents rather often. / Photo from: Shutterstock

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

3264. Some Hint on Educating to Be Happy

We teachers maybe tend to teach our students knowledge and skills, and it is okay, of course. However we have to remember that we’re educating people, persons, to be happy, ultimately. And it serves the purpose if we educate people, persons, to be mature. Psychologically mature.
Reason and will should dominate affections, feelings and sentiments – these latter ones may be good, of course. A happy person is the one that balances his reason or intelligence with his affections, feelings and sentiments. In other words his reason dominates his affections, feelings and sentiments.
It is not enough to teach him to have a nice communicative competence in English (for example, and which is okay, of course), but we must point at educating thorough and accomplished people, persons.
Affections, for example, should be oriented to what is rational and in accordance to human dignity. Even more, ultimately toward what makes that person happy. When I say happy I’m not referring to superficial gladness, like the one a healthy person can feel, but a profound and deep happiness, which includes all the arch of happiness, also gladness, and this latter may be good too.
We teachers must teach our students, since the age they’re young, to emit judgments about what they’re feeling right now and what they should carry on, toward happiness and plenitude.
Those kids must reason and then operate in the way that is in accordance of them as happy human beings and in accordance to human beings’ dignity too. In that way we’re doing things well, I would say. / Photo from: family-child-posting-a-letter-1903 Antiqua Print Gallery

Monday, September 18, 2017

3263. How to Relax on the Spot

Relaxing on the spot? Is it possible? It is, indeed.
I’ve told you all about relaxing in bed. We can do the same or similarly when standing in the school!
When in bed, and it is something that helps you get asleep, you can do the following operations, in order to relax. Feel your body as if it was so heavy. Relax your arms and legs and your back as if they were rather heavy on bed. Breathe slowly and profoundly.
Then relax the muscles of your face, because inadvertently we can have those muscles so tense during the day. Repeat the same operations, slowly, rather slowly. And slow down the rhythm of your thoughts. Also you can try to listen to silence, the one surrounding you, if possible, or at least slow those ideas down.
Feel all your body in a more and more relaxing way, by means of those operations. Breathe slowly and profoundly.
Over time you will be able to do all this more quickly and more effectively. In a few minutes you’ll achieve to have your body and mind more relaxed.
When all this is very much interiorized, you’ll also be able to relax even when standing in the school: you’ll get more relaxed on the spot, and better if you also can be a bit humorous about yourself and defuse alarming and so tense situations. / Photo from: wallpapers de paisajes.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

3262. Fall is Approaching with Some Big Hope

Today is Sunday and I didn’t want to post about teaching and learning English. It’s a day for resting and relaxing and spending longer time with our families. You know, we’re closer and closer to fall. We in southern Spain hope it’ll rain in that season a lot: the reservoirs have not much water now. Let’s hope it’ll rain profusely.
I like fall days, when day light is diminishing and it gets dark earlier and earlier. It’s being cool lately but no drop of rain so far. I pray good Lord for raining this fall here in southern Spain.
Tomorrow I expect to write on how to relax on regular days, even at work. / Photo from: wallzoa com

Friday, September 15, 2017

3261. Are Our Students Really Learning?

Obviously it is great we teachers plan our lessons in a thorough way. Okay.
Some days ago I read on the newspaper that a college professor said that he strived to teach well but he noted his students got bad grades... When he realized about this point one thing he did was to post videos on YouTube so his students could view them and learn better.
He pinpointed his students’ learning processes.
So we could ask ourselves: Are my dear students actually learning? Are they grasping and acquiring the knowledge and practical skills that are contained in my school subject? How are they learning?
Maybe now it’s the right time to pose this important point. Even something pretty good we could do is posing this point aloud to our students in the classroom, to find out if they’re really learning. Be honest and sincere and talk with your students about the relationship between teaching and learning; even more, tell them that you’re worried and concerned about their actual learning, and give them solutions and learning strategies.
You for sure will get interesting feedback and learn how they’re learning… or not. Devote some time to think about this important issue. It’s worth to do it! / Photo from: BBC. The picture is just a nice illustration.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

3260. Our Work Makes Us Better, No Doubt!

All of us want to work well and carry it out fine at this beginning of the school year, right? And all this blog is about trying to teach effectively and how to learn effectively too.
I can assure you that our work makes us better persons. Even and because we have a spiritual part of ourselves we can elevate that work to a transcendent sphere.
We can do it with supernatural “lenses”: we can offer it to God our father. As simple as that. And the consequence is that we are transforming that work into something that not only makes us better but also makes us saints in everyday life – remember we have elevated that nice work into something supernatural and we can count on his supernatural help.
So we can be happy while working, though we may have some problems, even dire straits. And also we can hold an interior conversation with our dad God while working.
I mean, from the ordinary and regular things that occur to us we can tell him about our problems and joys, and in some way or other he will tell us something. / Photo from: Insight India Voyage. I posted a picture that shows so an ordinary place to work as a simple office.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

3259. Sense of Humor Plus Love of Benevolence

I can see all of you teachers try to do things well. I know so because you view other teachers’ blogs and stuff. For example TeacherLingo.
If you try to do things okay, sooner or a bit later you will gain some nice prestige. And that prestige will lead you to good consideration both by your directors and your students. Also by their families.
One important point when treating other people is sense of humor, sense of humor plus elegance. I’ve seen it in other teachers: they had success because they treated their students with love, with love of benevolence, which means to wish what’s good for our students.
Although sometimes you’ll have to be like a sergeant, the core point is anyway treating those kids politely and respectfully. Always by treating them as intelligent beings and persons that deserve all our respect anyway. / Photo from: police-dogs WonderList. I tried to post a picture that showed a police officer with elegance and smiling. And the dog is okay too anyway.