When it comes to teens and adult learners, I’m doing my best to implant a sense of learner autonomy in them. We manage to do a lot in the classroom, but 90min lessons twice a week are not gonna make a difference unless they roll up their sleeves on their own time as well. 456 more words
Tags » Learner Autonomy
You might not even know you’re doing this until it’s pointed out to you, or it’s too late. It’s really easy as a teacher to work your way down a mental checklist of things to do during each class – listening activity, communicative activity, pair work, group work, individual work, text book, interaction patterns, students stand up, students sit down, grammar, vocab, vocab drilling, CCQ’s, ICQ’s and any other CELTA buzzword you can think of – it seems like there are a thousand and one things that you’re supposed to include in every class in order to be a good teacher (and that’s before you include things like homework review, setting homework, taking registers and anything else that your school might require). 591 more words
Being Friendly or Being a Friend?
Trying to be the students’ friend, rather than their teacher
This is often harder than it sounds. It’s basic human nature to want to interact and bond with other people, especially when you know that you’re going to be seeing them a lot and working together. 721 more words