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.