JOURNAL ENTRY 2 "A giant leap into the past - observational reflections in the classroom" - I was hit with a familiar sense of dejavu when walking through the gates of Glendowie College. I had been here before but in a different time. Passing the school corridors I passed a photo of myself taken by my first boyfriend for bursary photography in 1994.
Sep 15, 2008
Classroom Management 5676 Views
Classroom management is managing the physical learning environment and managing student behavior. As a new teacher, this may worry you. You are not alone because classroom management is an ongoing concern for both new and veteran teachers. Know that you don't have to know everything about classroom management when you are first starting out.
Sep 15, 2008
Other 2218 Views
I think kids should have the power to hire and fire their teachers. Students are the ultimate customers. That being said, I don't think a student should be able to get pissed off at a teacher and say, "You're fired!" There has to be a trustworthy process like the election system used by the Sudbury Valley School of Framingham, Massachusetts. Each year, students vote on how well a staff member is serving the community and on if they would like to see that staff member return.
Learning a language is a complex and long process as anyone who has tried will agree. One of the most difficult and frustrating things is making the transition from the classroom to the 'real' world. In the classroom, everyone knows you are a student and mistakes are allowed, and the environment is contained and safe.
Sep 17, 2008
Classroom Materials 2990 Views
Good quality primary resources in your classroom can make all the difference between a positive and happy classroom, and a negative and bored one. If you have good primary resources available to you it can also have a positive impact on you, and your enjoyment of your job.
Sep 18, 2008
Learning Methodology 3061 Views
One of the hottest topics in education today is the issue of homework. It affects teachers, parents and students alike. Homework does have a purpose but in recent years teachers have abused its application. If teachers would return to the proper use of homework, I believe homework would no longer be such an ugly word.
Sep 18, 2008
Classroom Management 4670 Views
Teaching qualifications alone don’t make you a successful teacher. You may have a lot of knowledge in your subject but if you are not in control of your classes, you will soon quit teaching. No certifications can train you to control your students, as each session is different from the other.
Sep 20, 2008
Classroom Management 5596 Views
An obvious fact that we’re all aware of as teachers is that a student, when recognized for positive behavior, will feel less inclined to seek attention in inappropriate ways. Conversely, when a pupil’s efforts are ignored, the chances of them disrupting the lesson to gain some attention are greatly increased.
Sep 20, 2008
Business English 2308 Views
I recently overheard a conversation between a trainer and one of their participants, who was asking how the trainer had got into the role. I was a little shocked when the participant said, "It just surprises me a little as you're not particularly dynamic are you?" Putting aside that individual's perception of the trainer, the comment begged the question, "What makes a great trainer?"
Our student is a little nervous about the course he’s about to start. English is all very well, and he can see why the boss has insisted he go to these lessons, but it’s so complicated. He’s heard it on the TV and even at the cinema, and there are words that are familiar to him: coca-cola, Microsoft, Tony Blair, Love, Yes, No and some swearing!