In the continued interest of our collective mental health, I have decided to say that I no longer wish to feel as if I am doing something wrong as a teacher just because school buildings are set up that way. I
I got this reason to celebrate today:
I am one super lucky language teacher. I get to teach the elementary level and I get to teach them every day. I get the kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Anyway,
You could call this one "stop teaching the rules, and start teaching language," because this is the attitude I am getting from my 4%ers who are getting bored, disrupting class, and then getting very low grades because of it.
This is a more general response to what David wrote, some thoughts about the change we are in:
I deeply feel that we in teaching are in the midst of a profound shift in education from the mind (the science of
David's comment on the toughness of his largely Asian ESL kids in supporting families working for the corporation called FedEx gives us cause to reflect on what we are really doing in education.
What is our profession really all about? In
I got this from a colleague who needs our help. It's a great question about being exhausted that ties into the simplicity thread (actually a category) that has shown up here recently:
I am the French teacher at a small high
I got this from Brian, currently in his first month of using comprehensible input methods. Great stuff:
You asked me to expand a bit on this idea for the blog, so here goes:
Zen and the Art of Language Teaching
On the topic of training kids about exactly what behaviors you expect in your classroom (i.e. your classroom rules/norms), I did something that was a first for me today. I didn’t just explain the rules, I modeled what I wanted