Reflections of a teacher

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Today I want to share with the world how happy I am.

I’ve been teaching only for four years but I have to say I wouldn’t do any other job as I really feel teaching is my thing! ūüôā

Every year is different, kids change and so do I! I feel every year I get better as I learn from my mistakes and I like asking my students how do they feel after a lesson from time to time. This blog also helps me to reflect on how I could do things and how I would like to do them.

I get loads of love from my students , I think teaching is the most rewarding job. Sometimes I get angry with¬†them¬†(they don’t listen, or they are just tired) but then they show me they understand and learn so fast and that they are actually getting good grades. I love working with kids but this year I’m also teaching a group of adults and I also enjoy it¬†a lot.

I feel grateful and full of joy today…¬†I got a phone¬†calle¬†from the mum of one of my¬†students¬†today to tell me how happy she is. Her daughter didn’t like English at all… and now she got the highest grade and she is always asking when is Sara going to come home.

I have a passion for English, I always liked this language… I really want to transmit my students this passion. Teaching should go beyond getting a mark, it should go beyond the conception that it’s a subject. It goes beyond that… it is a code, a powerful way in which people of different cultures and places in the world can communicate. It can be fun and interesting.

I know for some people English is just hard and they don’t get it and they are bored… we need more enthusiastic teachers that can actually¬†change this… impossible is nothing!

 

 

 

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Back to school!

I can’t believe how quick summer has passed by! Now it is time for me to start planning and preparing my lessons, I can’t wait to see which groups I’ll be teaching this course! Hopefully I will be able to teach students of every age and not only kids! I really hope this year I will be able to use more resources and discover new techniques to use in the classroom.

I wish you all a good start (job, studies, whatever you do) and face it with a big smile! ūüôā

Sara

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Last reflections on the subject

In the last session of the master’s class our teacher gave us some time to work actively on our blogs. Mine was already done so I took some time to go through the posts, re-read¬†and edit¬†them and also add some nice pictures.

I have enjoyed a lot the subject; not only it has been useful for my final project of the master’s degree but to open my mind as a teacher. Before starting the master¬†I still¬†had the traditional view of teaching: following the course book, listening activities, etc. which is boring for them and for the teacher as well. But session after session I discovered and learnt new techniques and teaching alternatives we can use in order to make our classes more dynamic and engaging.

I liked the idea of working cooperatively with my classmates and to work through stations because we learnt how to teach English actively by working ourselves that way! We had to work cooperatively through the sessions to get a final product: learn how to teach actively. I also loved the idea of the blog because this is my first blog on education and I like a lot writing on it as it is useful for me to reflect on the way I’d like to teach my students in a near future.

I wish I could use all of these amazing techniques and tools with my students in a real class because I have lots of ideas and I think they are tired of how is English taught in Spain due to the fact that when they finish their studies they are not able to mantain a basic conversation in English. We, as teachers have to present the content in an innovative way and provide our students with significant learning.

I think that active methodologies can change the way in which students see English, we can help them to maintain a positive attitude towards the language and show them that English can be fun and useful for them.

Some reflections on active learning/teaching…

I’m writing my final project of the master’s degree on active methodologies so I’ve spent the weekend reading and investigating about it and there are lots of interesting ideas and projects we could develop with our students…

Active techniques can successfully engage our students, involve them in the learning process and help them to acquire key competences and cross-cultural skills which are beneficial for them.

As we are living in an era of “technological information” and society has changed enormously due to this fact, traditional methodologies no longer work. Our students must be the centre of the process “learning-teaching” and we, as teachers, should be the ones who guide them through the process, coaching and encouraging them to work actively. Through active methodologies you can integrate all the skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) in the tasks, you just need to be very creative and present contents in an interesting way. We all learn by doing and practicing, memorising stuff is boring and our students deserve a significant learning that will make them become better and prepared for life persons.

I did an internship in a school with students of 1¬ļ of Eso and Bachiller for three months and I had to follow my tutor’s instructions… that implied following the book by heart. It was really boring … I tried to make the most of it and provide the students with opportunities for expressing themselves and sharing their opinions whenever possible. I even used some games as: Simon says to teach the imperative or Mimics to practice the present continuous. Whenever I had the possibility I tried to incorporate more active techniques in the classroom but my teacher told me that if we “waste much time on those things” she won’t cover the full book and that means trouble.

It is a pity that our educational system is a mess here in Spain. It is a fact that most of the students finish secondary education without being able to maintain a “basic” conversation in English.

Something is wrong here. I read some articles in the law and all the contents, objectives and competences are correctly stated but what it’s not effective is the way ¬†in which English is taught in Spain by most of the teachers. Most of them just follow the book because they are under pressure as they have to cover the whole book during the academic year and there’s not much time left to do something different (and in fact significant for students). Some teachers care about this issue but others who have opportunities don’t do it because active methodologies imply lots of planning from the teacher and it is time consuming.

In my opinion, more formative courses should be offered to teachers of secondary education in order to make them see the educational needs and open their eyes to reality. We, as teachers, need to be in contact with each other, share our experiences, fears, opinions … and also be in constant retraining.

I hope that in a near future I will become a secondary education teacher and that I’ll have the opportunity to change things. Our students are the future and we have to prepare them for life. For now, I’m more than happy of teaching little kids to acquire English through games, songs, TPR… I’m obtaining wonderful results and they love learning English!

http://www.inspiringteachers.com/classroom_resources/tips/curriculum_and_instruction/great_active_learning_strategies.html

Here are some tips to introduce active learning techniques in our classroom. Those techniques can be adapted to different levels, language level…etc.