Parents can also help their children attain their learning goals. As it is said here, and in the article " Forget what you know about good study habits " by Benedict Carey, sometimes a quiet corner of the library is not precisely the best location for acquiring better learning. The opposite , seems to be right. This leads us to think that some children, at home, will acquire better learning by being in a quiet room, but some students will feel much at ease and will learn much better with some music around. The environment may also affect the quality of learning expected.
We, always give opportunities to our students to communicate in the target language. I learned in " Saling the 5Cs with Learning Strategies " that, besides communication, there are four more Cs we need to concentrate on : Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities. This means, students should communicate their ideas in the language, they should gain certain understanding about the target culture, they need to connect with other disciplines and acquire information, they need to compare the target culture with their own and they should participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. The article can be found at : http://www.nclrc-org/sailing It has good ideas on how to apply some
activities to meet the five Cs mentioned above.
In my post on Nicenet,I provided the site for a book that appeared in an artice from the New
York Times. The book is " Why don´ t students Like School " by Daniel T. Willingham.This book deals, among other things, with the importance of sincere praise.If you want to take a look at it, the site is : http://www.ceopa.org/thestudentmind.pdf
Some time ago, I was given a pocket book called " Hugs for teachers " Inspiration for the heart. Andrews Mc Meel Publishing. We are about to finish our course and I would like to share some thoughts from this book before we finish. This little book is divided into 5 chapters. I will share with you, the thoughts on chapter 5 called " A Teacher 's Thanks "
I hope you like them .
" Dear Teacher :
Thank you for taking the time to talk to me in the hall the other day.You didn't know it, but
what you said came up at just the right time. I ended up not doing something that I now
know would have been really stupid. "
" Thanks for the note you wrote in the margin of my paper fifteen years ago.I doubt you
remember it but I sure do. It stirred something in me. It lit a fuse that hasn´ t stopped
burning. I ´m a writer now. I hope that makes you proud. Enclosed is copy of my first
" Thanks for really being interested in the point I was trying to make in class last week. I
think it ' s the first time a teacher has ever taken me seriously. It felt good ."
" Thanks for the personal challenge. I needed it. Thanks for making school fun. The way you
explain things. I don 't even mind taking notes. "
" Thank you for showing up every day. You ' re the only one in my life who does. "
" Thanks for knowing my name "
" Thanks for believing in me even when everybody else ( including me ) predicted failure. I
don ' t know what you saw in me. You put up with a lot. Thanks for not giving up. "
" Oh, and thanks for all the homework ( just kidding !) ".
Your students. "