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.