- Sensitivity to be able to detect our students´needs, strengths and weaknesses;
- A discerning mind that would enable us to select the material that would meet our students' needs and likes;
- Creativity that would assist us in our effort to make our classes motivating and encouraging;
- A good listener to allow students voice their feelings, thoughts and opinions;
- An open mind to see issues from different perspectives;
- Empathy to have the capacity to understand students;
- Resourcefulness to introduce changes as the class unfolds.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
- I was born with a talent, to teach, which I have been developing and improving;
- Unlike Tinkerbell, I have always felt it is absolutely rewarding;
- I would not be able to do a different thing;
- I have got a mission in life.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
- Watch videos of films made on the books we are reading
- Do interactive grammar exercises to further the practice of a certain grammar point
- Create mind-maps so as to organise their material
- Ask teachers questions so as to solve their doubts as to the tasks they are supposed to do at home
- Use dictionaries
- Express their messages at any time instead of waiting for the next class
- Upload their homework for teachers to correct
- Solve queries they do not feel like asking in class. This has been specially useful for weak students who feel embarrassed to show their difficulties among their peers.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
When the language learning year starts I always make my students reflect on the reasons why they are learning English, devise goals and make commitments to fulfill those goals. This year, I'm planning to use Wallwisher to carry out these tasks as I expect the novelty would be highly encouraging for my students.
Students' and Teachers' Goals
Students' goals can be classified into short-term ones such as learning the structures and the vocabulary that are part of their curriculum and into long-term ones like being able to comunícate fluently or to get a better job.
We, teachers, also set short-term and long-term goals. Among my short terms goals, I can mention to give students the tools to make them develop reading, speaking, listening and writing strategies. Many times, teachers’ long term goals are achieved at the end of the learning year when students have their final exams and are assessed at the language school or by international examination boards. However, our major goal, the ultimate goal, as teachers should be to help our students become independent learners. Learning a language is a never-ending process and once a student reaches a high level, it is necessary for them to continue in contact with the language. Technology is a practical tool to continue practising the language outside the classroom and so I have created a Wiki space which I share with all the students I have at present and also with the students I have had for them to go on with their learning process. My Wiki space is: Linguistic Consultancy .Thanks to Twitter (I’m @Mtranslator) and to my PLN I can upload interesting material into this Wiki space.
I would like to thank all the members of my PLN for sharing insightful links and for their support. A special thanks to Shelly Terrell, who also gave me the opportunity of contributing a post in her Teacher Reboot Camp. In this post I have written about the use of technology in education in my country: To Use Edtech or Not: That is the Question.