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#1075749 - Mon Dec 01 2014 01:32 AM Good Teachers
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I don't know where this ought to go really but it struck me as postworthy. Its a piece of writing from the youngest class in my school. I asked them what advice they would give to a new teacher. This boy is learning English.


I would like to give you some advice that will help you to be a good teacher. First, try to calm yourself. Try not to get angry fast. Don't be annoyed when you have to repeat the chapter many times to explain to a student. Give them materials that will be useful.Give at least one dictation or quiz every week.
If you are teaching young students, then remember to bring sweets all the time.That will make young students more energetic and they will answer more questions. You can also play movies twice a month so they can enjoy the lessons. Also, arrange the students' seats in the way they can help each other in their weak subjects. If you are really in need, then you can shout at the students and make them quiet. (love it!!)
Lastly, enhance students to read more story book, especially the ones who don't read story books at all. Also explain them that they should know more English because they are being taught in English in all their subjects except Chinese.
I think these advice will help you a lot. If you have any questions to ask me then feel free to ask. Good luck!
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#1075750 - Mon Dec 01 2014 01:56 AM Re: Good Teachers
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And do you do all those things, Ren? Sounds like pretty good advice to me. (Not sure about the 'sweets all the time', though!).
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#1075758 - Mon Dec 01 2014 03:38 AM Re: Good Teachers
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Sweets are mainly for me I reckon.
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#1075767 - Mon Dec 01 2014 05:17 AM Re: Good Teachers
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I think the "If you have any questions to ask me then feel free to ask" line is cute smile

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#1075781 - Mon Dec 01 2014 08:30 AM Re: Good Teachers
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Gosh that takes me, when I was in the class above Reception the teacher there used to give us a sweet each on Friday afternoon, normally a Dolly Mixture. Quite a treat for us as sweets were not long off ration and still a novelty.
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#1075807 - Mon Dec 01 2014 11:50 AM Re: Good Teachers
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If you are really in need, then you can shout at the students and make them quiet.


Oh my! That one made me laugh out loud! I love your student, Ren!
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#1075831 - Mon Dec 01 2014 03:00 PM Re: Good Teachers
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Considering he came in with about 3 words of English in September(Yes no and Toilet) his English has come on. He could write a bit but speaking was a challenge.
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#1075939 - Tue Dec 02 2014 01:14 PM Re: Good Teachers
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Good grade on this, huh? So cute and good advice.
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#1075967 - Tue Dec 02 2014 05:50 PM Re: Good Teachers
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This reminds me a lot of my students' writing. I do bring them sweets occasionally!
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#1081734 - Thu Jan 22 2015 11:05 AM Re: Good Teachers
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What a great thought. My school is not so good, they give a lot of homework and never take their students on trip and even they don't show any movies. They just burned we students with homework and unusual work of cutting and pasting pictures.

Your way of teaching is great and better that the teaching conditions of India.

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#1081744 - Thu Jan 22 2015 12:12 PM Re: Good Teachers
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How sweet this is! I sometimes hear things like that when I substitute for the younger children. It reminds me of Jane and Michael Banks letter for a perfect nanny in Mary Poppins.
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#1081778 - Thu Jan 22 2015 06:24 PM Re: Good Teachers
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My last school had a great system when they needed a new Head of the Primary School.
The P Six classes sorted all the application letters, they stipulated what they needed in a Head and they interviewed the applicants too. It worked well, the new Lady is still there and fitted the brief beautifully.
The former head was a wonderful guy and they knew he had a lot of attributes that were right for the job. Example:
"Always be in the playground in the early morning to greet the children. Get to know them. Be more out of your office than in it, etc".
Of course the staff and the Ed Bureau had some say in the choice but the end decision worked out in favour of the one who had come out best in the eyes of the children.Hats off to those who included them.
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#1084686 - Tue Feb 17 2015 05:02 PM Re: Good Teachers
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A further "Things they Say" from Felix, the student who wrote the first essay above. We were looking at Britain magazine and gasping at the size of some of the stately homes, When we came to Downton Abbey (Whatever it is called in real) Felix said : Isn't that rather a waste of space? I would not like to clean all the windows either!"
My word his English improves daily, as does his sense of humour!
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#1084702 - Wed Feb 18 2015 03:37 AM Re: Good Teachers
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That would be Highclere Castle I think you will find, and I wouldn't want to clean the windows either. smile

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#1084710 - Wed Feb 18 2015 05:40 AM Re: Good Teachers
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Originally Posted By: ren33
A further "Things they Say" from Felix, the student who wrote the first essay above. We were looking at Britain magazine and gasping at the size of some of the stately homes, When we came to Downton Abbey (Whatever it is called in real) Felix said : Isn't that rather a waste of space? I would not like to clean all the windows either!"
My word his English improves daily, as does his sense of humour!



I'm impressed with his conceptual thinking.

Big house = don't need that much room for a family.
Big house = geez, what a lot of work to take care of it!

All that in a few seconds of looking at a photograph.

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#1084712 - Wed Feb 18 2015 06:36 AM Re: Good Teachers
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Well he has never seen a house that size in his home province in China, unless it's a government building !
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#1086835 - Wed Mar 11 2015 07:32 AM Re: Good Teachers
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This thread is beginning to be Felix's own He really is funny.
He went home to China for CNY and came back a bit despondent. I think his hoped for reunion with his old school friends hadn't gone too well.
We were discussing girlfriends etc this week. it often comes up.
I mentioned how they would have to consider things carefully before getting serious.They all nodded sagely.
Felix:I don't think I will be getting a girlfriend Mrs R.
Me: Oh Felix surely not? A handsome bright guy like you?
Felix I can see a few problems ahead.
Me; Ok , now you have to explain
F: Well if you have a girlfriend and they email you , they don't like it if you don't email them back immediately, straight away like now.. I don't want to be all the time emailing them when I could be watching cartoons.
Actually he has a point I reckon.
What a love he is! I could write a book about him!
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#1086890 - Wed Mar 11 2015 11:42 AM Re: Good Teachers
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How do you keep a straight face?
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#1086913 - Wed Mar 11 2015 03:32 PM Re: Good Teachers
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Oh I don't. How could anyone?!
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#1095141 - Thu May 14 2015 01:08 AM Re: Good Teachers
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Today I asked them if they talked to themselves (as I do frequently.) Felix said that of course , or how would he get sensible answers to his questions! I asked him what sort of questions he asked himself and found that it was mainly about whether he should spend money on an item "When I am balancing my finances". What a gem he is.
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#1095256 - Thu May 14 2015 05:53 PM Re: Good Teachers
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Originally Posted By: ren33
Felix said that of course , or how would he get sensible answers to his questions!


I love this! Thanks for sharing...reading through this thread has definitely brightened my day!
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#1095269 - Thu May 14 2015 10:45 PM Re: Good Teachers
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Thanks Tiffany! Actually, reading it does that for me too. Makes me see there is a point to the job!
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#1095272 - Thu May 14 2015 11:04 PM Re: Good Teachers
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I know what you mean! As a teacher, there are so many days that are frustrating that it is always nice to have those moments that remind us why we do what we do.

I had a few of those moments this week in giving my students their final interviews. It lets me learn something about them that I didn't know and when they perform well it makes me feel good.
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#1095577 - Mon May 18 2015 12:37 AM Re: Good Teachers
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A real quickie today or you will be all Felixed out:
We were discussing desserts and deserts and he just couldn't get it!
What will you have for dessert, Felix?
F: Sand
and more of the same until he gave a HUGE sigh and said
"I think this will all take me some time, Mrs R.
I mean this English... I need time."
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#1095644 - Mon May 18 2015 07:42 PM Re: Good Teachers
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Sadly Ren, many English as a first language speakers don't get it either! "Oh, I had apple pie for desert!" wink
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