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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

3356. More on Motivating Students

Today we had an American young man with us in our classroom.
Remember I have adult students. He is from Chicago and gave conversation to my dear students. Thus they could listen to a native speaker in English, which is what I teach. Remember also that my first language is Spanish, not English.
He will come every Wednesday.
Basically we’ll have conversation in English, but I’m planning activities also in case we have nothing much to say. We’re lucky we can count on native speakers. Because my students are used to listening to me, and they have to invest some nice effort at understanding him and talking with him too.
My students were prompt to talk with Michael, from Chicago, as I said. He’s studying social studies, also Spanish among his subjects. And it’s great we have him in our classroom, for my students can hear authentic English...
They’re quite motivated, I can see. All of them participated in the discussion, about general topics today. We have this chance to learn more English, thanks to my coordinator or admin, Antonio. / Photo from: Madrid puerta-de-alcalá Cronica Norte. That is a famous arch we have in Madrid, Spain.

Monday, March 12, 2018

3355. How to Treat Students with Discipline

I’ve seen something sensible in the schools I’ve worked in.
The teachers treated the teens as if they were responsible people, and these latter ones tried to be so. Also those teachers tried those kids would behave in a mature way.
In some way they were treated like they were adults, or something kind of that. In other words the teachers treated the teens in a serious way, by taking into account what the kids said, by taking as something serious and important what the kids said.
Well, they were kids but not silly people, they were young but not silly.
As a result those kids responded in also a serious way, because they liked to be treated in that way.
So they were treated as adults or at least with respect and deference. For example when those teachers wanted to arrange an appointment with such or such students to talk at a tutoring session you could see they were dealing with a serious matter.
They were treated with respect and as if they were persons of high category, with nothing fussy anyway. Trusting in them at the same time. In that way those young people matured, indeed they did. / Photo from: Eiffel Tower veltra com

Saturday, March 10, 2018

3354. Reading as a Language Learning Booster Again!

My experience at reading novels in accordance to human dignity and therefore learning English is great.
When you do this you learn… and acquire a lot of vocabulary.
And then words will come to mind when writing or speaking.
As you read and read and read you create and make up kind of a net of words and you’ll learn more and more words in an easier way. Plus you will take the sense of language: that language passes to be a second one of yours. It’s so great!
You learn and acquire words in a mature way.
As you read you become able to learn and acquire more lexis, and you may become capable to compare your use and usage of lexis to the one of a native speaker, more and more, with likely mistakes and errors, but you do advance on this pathway to success at learning and acquiring a foreign or second language. It’s so great!
/ Photo from: JourneyLeaf – Typepad. I post a picture of a rainy landscape, like lately in Spain: it is raining with profusion and abundance, thank God.