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Monday, 21 December 2015

Have you ever felt like giving up? ... Inspiration and Encouragement key factors





A year ago I took the decision to start blogging my own sayings about ELT and mainly in the aspect of the humanistic side in teaching.


It has been a year, today December 21st and still has with the same goals, dreams and beliefs in what I feel and think about teaching.
After a year many things has been happening to me, and I bet to all of us, changes are so often for everyone nowadays, and sometimes the feeling of giving up as humans being comes to our mind; it is so normal and most of times because of the last different issues of our own society and the system of life we have been living...

This year 2015 with its ups and downs has taught me a lot that we may not change the whole system, and sometimes feel  that with the world last issues we are heading to nowhere, that our role as educators or as a person is coming weaker without any support from the big ones of our society/or current system, then I thought this feeling like giving up might fly into our minds and feel like it is time to do something else.. so what to do at that time and when we feel our own problems as a person, not only as an educator is also affecting us our main goal in Education and the lack of the vital motivation we need to go on even any circumstances in the whole world and our personal ones is leaving us...

     Then ... What to do? In my humble experience:

  • Believe...
  • Give a look to your roots, to your memories when we felt that awesome passion for being on the spot in our first own class, to my first students, that first class, to all the road that we have been walking
  • Let others inspire you, in my case to all my awesome PLN who have been inspired me in many moments.
  • Focus on others, being an inspiration , a supporter, no matter what you are living in a bad moment, when you keep helping others your mind is busy and concentrating more in others than you.              ..In our blessing role as Educators, those ones who can be our main motivation to go on, and to keep fighting are our kids, no matter the age, children, teenagers or adults. I always call them my kiddos as that's my goal in life to support them to lead their own lives, more than giving knowledge of a language or academic issues. 
  • Keep on being busy in your CPD, not only for getting more students passing an international examination, grow up your CPD for touching learners' hearts and in that way they will be able to be ready for being engaged with you in class and outside in many cases too.

  • Make RAPPORT born in your class, not only see the learner as person who is there because his/her parents sending them or the company is paying the course, try to feel those who are looking at you, are as humans as you are, and need the magnificent rapport for a successful class environment thinking always in their benefits.

  • Last but not least, "KEEP FAITH" to that superior strength which has been given to us from our Lord, Jehovah, and that FAITH will let us go on because God is Love, and whatever circumstances we are facing, if we call him in the right way, God will hold our hands.

Of course, there are still many reasons to go on and to be grateful for one year more, for this first anniversary blogging, and having the great satisfaction to share my sayings with you all, but something else has come to my mind, all those people who I have touched their lives somehow, my kids, maybe the ones that God has allowed to feel the honour to be a mum for many of them and feel that love and such a gorgeous rapport that has been a blessing for me to create in my lessons, so my dear readers ... There is NO TIME TO GIVE UP, of course not, and I do think many of us might feel like experimenting  the same anytime or on a bad day. 

The road to walk is so long in our mission and my passion for what we like and mainly choose doing, our beliefs, love for our students and the great inspiration and encouragement I have received this year from many teachers of my wonderful PLN and true friends who have come to my life as blessings at the right moment I have needed them.Now...the perfect moment to mention those KEY WORDS for me... INSPIRATION and ENCOURAGEMENT... I have had the honour to feel inspired for my amazing PLN and friends with great examples to keep on doing what we should do, and see how they have overcome things with also their own circumstances , being more than colleagues, friends in good and bad times, no matter the distance we are...

This year I can't close it without mention these special people for me from my PLN:  


  • Ms Sophie Nicol. (Greece)
  • Ms Theodora Papapanagiotu. (Greece)
  • Ms Christina Chorianopoulou.  (Greece)
  • MsVicky Papageorgiou.  (Greece)
  • Mrs Gordana Popovic.  (Servia)
  • Mrs Georgia Psarra.  (Greece)
  • Mr George Ochendo Raptopoulos.  (Greece)
  • Mrs Cécile Florenty- Paspa.  (France)
  • Mrs Cherith Naomi Hoove.  (The U.S.)
  • Mr Chuck Sandy.  (The U.S.)
  • MrVictor Hugo Rojas.  (Peru)
  • Ms Kristina Smith.  (Turkey)
  • Mr Emmanuel Kontovas.  (Greece)
  • Mr Syke Annamma Kumaran.  (India)
  • Ms Julie Rakiou.  (Greece)
  • Ms Fabiana Casella.  (Argentina)
  • Mr Jeffrey Doonan. ( The U.S)
  • Mr Graeme Hodgson.  (England)
  • Mr Ken Wilson,  (England)
  • Mrs Liliana Simon.  (Argentina) 
  • Ms Monica Veado.  ( Brazil) 
  • Mrs Rose Bard.  (Brazil)
  • Mrs Ushakiran Wagle (Nepal)
  • Mrs Sue Ann. (Jersey) 
  • Mrs. Chris Stanzer. (Germany)
  • Mrs Anastassia Metallinou.  (Greece)
  • Mrs. Betty Stakios.  (Greece)
  • Mr Dimitris Primalis.  (Greece)

There has been also special people who has been with me and encouraged me a lot during this year , some of them teachers and other friends that I could name them brothers and sisters for me in: 




  • MrsYolanda Espino and MrVidal Salguero. 
  • Ms Jill Ruiz. 
  • Ms Valeria Carcelen. 
  • Mr Fer Menendez. 
  • Mrs Patricia Palacios 
  • Mr Daniel Lu. 
  • Mr Maycol Paz. 
  • Mrs Beatriz Salguero 
  • Mr Adrian Arias. 
  • Mrs Barbara Marrul. 
  • Fam. Kohama. 
  • Mr Diomedes Heredia. 
  • Mr Yuri Heredia. 

Definitely all of the people mentioned in this short article are really special for me and the most important they have helped me to grow as a person and as an educator. I think, the result of such inspiration, encouragement and in many cases true friendship and love that comes from all of them through Jehovah has been a blessing for me.


Closing a year, closing a chapter... with new goals, new dreams, and new hopes. My best to you all for a new life chapter in2016 with a closer view of what we need to do and how much grateful we should be every day for the people we have around us, keeping in mind our main focus in our lessons should be those people we choose not only to teach English, we are in charge to improve them as humans first, more than only English learners, and never forget we are so important for our society and our main north should be always focused on others more than thinking in the wrong idea of Giving up. 

No time for that dear readers, in my first year as a blogger I have that new resolution, every day is a new chance to try new things in classes and in our lives, then just think positively and try to do your best as I am sure you all do. 
Thank you ever so much for your time and go on keeping your own essence...

See you next year!


Patty Salguero.
"You are hereby allowed to be happy, to love yourself, to realise your worth, to believe in great things, and to be treated with love and respect."~ P.Salguero.






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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

What I learned ... Sharing an important lesson from others


“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”
I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
...Finally I’ve learned it couldn’t be possible not to share this tonight. Thanks, Maya  Angelou, wherever you are for such an inspiration!!

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LO QUE APRENDÍ..

"He aprendido que no importa lo que pase, o lo malo que parece hoy en día, la vida continúa, y será mejor mañana
 He aprendido que se puede decir mucho de una persona por la forma en que él / ella se encarga de estas tres cosas: un día lluvioso, pérdida de      equipaje, y enredado luces del árbol de Navidad.
 He aprendido que, independientemente de su relación con sus padres, se perderá cuando se han ido de su vida.
 He aprendido que el vivir, no es lo mismo que hacer una "vida".
 He aprendido que la vida a veces te da una segunda oportunidad.
 He aprendido que no debemos ir por la vida con guante de catcher en ambas manos; tiene que ser capaz de lanzar algo a cambio.
 He aprendido que cuando decido algo con el corazón abierto, suelo tomar la decisión correcta.
 He aprendido que aún cuando tengo dolores, no tengo que ser uno.
 He aprendido que todos los días se debe extender la mano y tocar a alguien. La gente ama un  abrazo cálido, o simplemente una palmada amistosa en  la espalda.
 He aprendido que aún tengo mucho que aprender...
 He aprendido que la gente olvidará lo que hemos dicho, pero no olvidaran de lo que hicimos, ni cómo las hicimos sentir."
 ... Finalmente he aprendido que no podía ser posible no compartir esta noche. Gracias, Maya Angelou, donde quiera que estés de una inspiración !!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Note to Myself .. A Reflecting Pause

A Note to Myself... 

During last months I was keeping in silence in my blog, different circunstances made this happen, but my passion for what I do, it is a candle with a powerful flame... sometimes I got surprised at my 40's how it is still on.
Tonight after doing some work, I thought I should stop by that side, my side.. but why then?  To write a note to myself.. , a note saying: "Hey, girl the one who is writing this , you are still in the right way with your kids, no matter what else could happen by now in your road, keep on going on"!!!




 I 've got the feeling... that same sensation as I was a teenager when the trip to teach started,when my passion to teach people and understand how a class can change the story of someone's life, how powerful and careful I should take my job and how much love it is involved in teaching from the heart. It's been two decades showing myself how much I can feel in a class, how important is the humanistic side for me rather than the academic many times, and maybe I could have a rough critic for saying that, but that's the way I have always felt it and there is nothing or no one in this universe that will change my mind that the human side is a key factor for the academic side. 

Well, 3043 visits so far tonight, let me tell you all this adventure of blogging about the humanistic side in teaching has given me something else I could not see before and of course  I can't end this post without expressing my special thanks to the person who pushed and encouraged me a bit more to continue this trip, I know you do not like publicity, then thanks from the bottom of my heart to "You".




I believe if there's something I am reconfirming in my own life, it's to fight..Fight for what we think is right, fight for what you believe in, for what's important for you. But most important fight for the ones you love and and never forget to tell anyone how much they mean to you while they are still alive. Life is a journey, not a destination. Do what you've got to now.


"The road is long and the journey as well, this is just the beginning of seven months here blogging in my first steps, and  I do feel so proud and grateful to share with you all my humble work and experience." 
Thank you all , thanks to 3,043 visitors in these seven months!!


Patty


Una Nota a Misma...

Durante los últimos meses estuve en silencio en mi blog, diferentes circunstancias hicieron que esto ocurra, pero mi pasión por lo que hago, es una vela con una ponderosa flama... algunas veces me sorprende que aún en mis 40’s esta continua encendida
Esta noche después de hacer algo de trabajo, pensé debería pasar un momento por ese lugar, mi lugar, mi espacio... pero, ¿Por qué? Para escribir una nota a mí misma…, una nota diciendo: “Oye tú, la que está escribiendo esto, aún estas en el sendero correcto con tus chicos, no importa lo que te esté sucediendo por ahora en tu camino, mantente y continua”!!!

Tengo el sentimiento, la misma sensación como cuando era una jovencita adolescente, cuando el viaje a mi carrera a de la enseñanza comenzaba, cuando mi pasión por enseñar personas y entender como una clase puede cambiar la historia de la vida de alguien, que tan poderoso y cuidadoso debo ver mi rol y cuanto amor está involucrado en enseñar con el corazón.
Han pasado dos décadas demostrándome a mí misma cuanto yo puedo sentir en una clase, cuán importante muchas veces es para mí el lado humanístico más aún que el lado académico, y quizá reciba una fuerte crítica por decir esto, pero esta es la manera como siempre lo he sentido y no hay nada, ni nadie en este universo que me hará cambiar mi forma de pensar, ya que para mí el factor humano es el factor base del todo.

 Bueno, 3043 visitas hasta  en esta noche de miércoles, dejénme decirles que esta aventura de bloguear sobre el lado humanístico me ha dado algo más que nunca pude ver,  ni sentir antes, una sensación única de poder escribir desde lo más profundo de mi. 
No podría terminar esta publicación sin expresar mi agradecimiento especial a una persona quien me ha empujado y motivado un  poquito más a continuar en este viaje, sé que no te gusta la publicidad, y por eso mismo solo digo, gracias desde el fondo de mi corazón a: “TI”

Creo que si algo estoy reconfirmando en mi propia vida es luchar, luchar por lo que queremos, por lo que es correcto, por lo creemos, pero lo más importante luchar por los que queremos y nunca olvidar decirle a esas personas cuanto 
significan  ellos para nosotros ahora que están con nosotros. La vida es un viaje, no un destino, hagamos lo que debamos que hacer ahora

“El camino es largo y el viaje también, esto es el inicio de siete meses aquí blogueando en mis primeros pasos, y realmente me siento muy orgullosa y agradecida por compartir con ustedes mi humilde trabajo, pensares, y experiencias.”

Gracias a todos, a los 3043 visitantes en estos siete meses dando un poco más de mí!!

Patty






Friday, 24 April 2015

From Another View…

From Another View…

"Friday afternoon, time to go back home from school, but there is something is calling me to write from where I am sitting now, my school desk. A different place where I always write, I love writing at night in my room with my silence and feeling the peace of being with my own memories and researches. This is the place where I am staying now, and where I want to spend the rest of my life, sharing with my kids…The School."



I always thought growing up was something exciting as I was going  to live new things and older people than me would let me do what I wanted to do without limits, I was so wrong!!
My first experience teaching YL and teenagers was ten years ago, after a radical change in my life which made me think it was time to add something to my adults teaching, that plus was the other view of how kids and teenagers learn, but mainly it was to EDUCATE…


In 2005 I started teaching teenagers and by my surprise I was chosen the tutor of the senior high school students, it was something really challenging for me, my first year teaching teens and I was in charge of adolescents who were at their sixteen, seventeen and some even at eighteen. I had to think a couple of days to give a response to my headmaster, it was not easy at all for a teacher like me who had been working all time with adults going to be the tutor of seniors teenagers and be in charge of their last year of their whole school education life. 

For me it was something really meaningful as my memories as a teen came to my mind and it was great to share breaks, chats, classes, jokes and experiences with those teens who had seen me more than a teacher, as a friend who was there to lead you, not just in a subject, I was there to support them in a hard age of their lives.. Adolescence.


Learning is a life for me, a process we can’t stop it, as it is part of our everyday for me, for you, for them…
My first year teaching at school marked in an awesome way my strengths as an educator, I was a teacher, a psychologist, a mum, an aunt or the oldest sister for some, a best friend for many of them. Sharing with those teens made me grow as a person more than a teacher.


After that year I still taught teens and adults as I could not leave my adults classes either, but this time something else was added to my classes, it was to see the happiness, the innocence, the needs, the trouble each of my learner whatever age they were, need to face somehow.
This year I have come back to teach YL and I felt really frightened of them as my last time with that age was when I was at twenty, but this time it was special, this time I was beginning a new experience teaching kids and teens with special needs. It has been a pleasure to see how those souls are integrating and my other kids always help them to integrate to society and real life.
Teaching is really more than having an objective achieved in your syllabus, teaching in real life is being remembered after years and years like the one who was there giving a smile, encouraging them not to give up in any circumstances, the one who laughed, cried with them, and last but not least the one who was listening to them and believed in them when others may have thought their saying was not important.
Being back to school to lead lives of kids and teenagers has been the best decision in life this year so far.


“Never forget that whatever we do and say to these marvelous souls is part of an experience your students will always keep in their hearts.”

Patty.
  

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Making a difference in someone's life..

Looking back  to my teen times and thinking about how a teacher touched my life in a way to let me think that girl called Patty, has had the call in life to be an educator. Then.. What does being an educator imply for a teenager at that time?

Well, to be truly honest I always thought in a teacher who can feel like me, like my peers, our fears, our thoughts, our doubts in adults.. Being a teenager was and is still a really though time in a society like the one we deal it.
Sometimes, I thought if my teachers took time to be in our shoes while planning activities for the class, thinking about what it was stiiting for eight long hours and sharing with them most of the day, many times more hours than what we used to share with our own parents because of their jobs and life duties.
As soon as my questions came to me again and again I thought why nobody cares about what I do have in mind about my education. maybe my partners were having so much fun in our teenager time and of course I did too, but there was an internal call which let me think and rethink the way to learn by living and feeling ...
My like for learning languages was increasing so fast and suddenly the time for applying to a career came to me, I still remember my dad insisting on applying to the management faculty and also still having in mind the many arguments I had with him at that time because I knew I wanted to be an educator, Everybody knows, educators are not the best paid in society, but the ones who really got the spirit of touching a life through teaching,  know that the sensation and the reward is something we  can not describe with words , something you just feel , something that makes your eyes shine when you talk about your students, their accomplishments, their strengths, their weaknesses, their goals, their happiness, their sadness, their lives...
It was not just teaching a subject or getting people full of contexts as if they were a computer to store information, then why storing information? Was Educating about it?
My personal answer after twenty years is : Not at all! 
Teaching young learners, teenagers, adults imply not only to be an instructor, it is to see we, teachers work with human beings with needs, with feelings, with worries, with hearts...

It might be many teachers who could say teaching different ages has got a huge difference, I can only say teaching marks a huge difference in someone's life, as a educator and a life student as my job is teaching I do believe we have a huge responsibility and deep  honour in this society to be the ones who are called the responsible of a future generation for a postive or negative outcome. 
I have lived the experience during all these twenty years and believe me I agree it is not easy at all to lead a life and being a teacher, as maybe our career is the only one which never stops, of course we have a time to end classes, but we never have a time to end our duties and tasks as educators at home. 
I have met many colleagues who were in a time for questioning themselves if it they were in the right path ot it was time to do something else. 
Our duties as educators are not only thinking about how to present a class, what activities, which tool, technology, aids, method, if you are reading me and thinking I am not meaning the academic site, you are right! One of the things we are well known to mark someone's life and make a difference in a human being is the emotional side, the way to see people we have in a class as humans, not just as learners of a subject.
"Take a deep breath and try again", still remember it has been one of my useful phrases with my kids ( no matter age) 
Nobody is saying this job is easy at all, but I do not think  that people that do something with passion and love  can call that something a nightmare job.
Many times we can end a day really tired and at the same time start a day very tired from the previous one, but after these twenty I am really convinced I can figure out myself doing something else than leading people's lives through educating.

Then this short post is for all of us, teachers just a reminder of the awesome blessing of what being an eduactor is against all odds that may show up in our path.

Enjoy your teaching time! 
Patty.



Friday, 27 February 2015

The Power of Understanding and imaginately entering in to another person's feelings... Let them be autonomous!


"The child seeks for Independence by means of work, an Independence of Body and Mind."  - (Maria Montessori)

Burcu Ozgur an experienced EFL teacher from Turkey is giving her saying about the importance of promoting "Learner Autonomy", she agrees that the greatest gift we can give our learners are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.



Autonomy is about how people control their own lives, so when teaching/learning process is taken for granted, teachers create an environment that the students feel themselves autonomous. So autonomy is analyzed both from the teachers’ and students’ perspective. 
It analyzes whether the students are independent or not throughout the learning process.  The scope of the research is to analyze the teachers’ perspectives towards learner autonomy during the class activities. For that purpose the literature part of that research paper is based on teachers’ perspective towards their learners’ autonomy. The empirical research is conducted on one of main private university in Istanbul. Convenient quota sampling has been used. 37 English Language Teachers covering a wide-range of departments participated in the research. The questionnaire is in Likert Scale form from strongly agree to strongly disagree and a space is provided on the questionnaire in order to analyze participants’ opinions. Additionally correlation analyses and mean results are found, the results of the questionnaires are correlated with the findings of the literature review.  The participants are given a questionnaire that analyzes how teachers assess their learners in terms of they are autonomous or not.  The findings reveal that teachers have a significant effect on autonomous learning is general. 
    
Learner autonomy is one of the most important issues in language learning. To start with, after analyzing the general concept of “autonomy” it should be put the forward the autonomous learner in classroom. An autonomous learner in class, whom engaged all the social activities in class and who can internalize the new information and make connections to what she/he knows. According to Dam et.al (1990:102), it is put forward that learner autonomy one can take responsibility of his/her own learning. Furthermore Gardner and Miller (1996: vii) add that autonomous language learners are people, who starts the planning and maintains responsibility for their own learning process. But on the other hand Nunan (1997:193) states that autonomous learners are the ideal rather than realistic one. He puts forward that there are degrees of autonomy and learners can’t succeed in all degrees of autonomy, so the learners who can reach the highest degree relies on factors such as personal traits,  the philosophy of school and the cultural context. But Nunan suggests that the levels of learner autonomy might differ even within single language skills such as a learner has high degree autonomy on listening but whereas in writing skill he/she feels dependent himself/herself to instructor.
   So as a result, it is suggested that training independence learning gain importance in other words the biggest responsibility is on the trainers’ shoulders, it is stated trainers should be very careful they make learners analysis, so that first of all teachers  train their learners in order to become an independent learner.




 Training for Independence in Learning 

To start with, after analyzing the general characteristics of autonomous learners, the point that should be taken for granted is, how students become decision makers own their own teaching process. 
  So in other words teachers have big responsibility, they are rarely aware of their students’ learning styles, but in fact learning styles are the most important determiner that shapes learners achievement while learning a language.Because of that before teaching a language, the learners needs are analyzed and accordingly choose the effective strategy in order to reach the learners to points that they want to. Moreover, maintaining a pattern-based approach provides the learners with taking the responsibility for his/her own learning with the aim of becoming autonomous.
Sinclair and Ellis (1985) propose a model of learner training for learner autonomy which encompasses 8 areas for learner training:

         1. Self-awareness - helps the learners to be aware of their selves, attitudes
and feelings towards language learning and using the language.
2. Language awareness - helps the learners to have insight into theirlearning problems, and research is shared from teacher training courses.
3. Language needs and goals - trains the learners to set learning goals.
4. Preparation and organization - helps the learners to discover the value of organizing their learning and how to do it.
5. Risk-taking - helps the learners to take a more adventurous approach in such things as guessing, predicting, and so on.
6. Personal strategies - encourages the learners to experiment and find  those which are appropriate for them.
7. Self-assessment - encourages the learners to check up on how well they are doing and record the results of their self-assessments so that   they can recognize their progress, and thus be motivated to continue.
8. Preparation for autonomy - helps learners to schedule their own learning, maximizing contact with the target language.
  
On the other hand the most important point that should be taken into consideration; before applying learner training activities, it is significant to determine the certain fields where the learners need to become independent, and then it is the teacher’s job to create materials and activities which enhance the strategies in demand. 
Activities for learner training can be categorized into 5 classifications:

1)    The activities that foster awareness of self and language.
2)    The activities that provide good self-monitoring practices.
3)    The activities that guide the learners in the field of particular task learning.
4)    Those that sustain ‘global practice oppurtunities’.
5)    Those that enable the learners to manage with the communication breakdown.

On the other hand there are 3 pedagogical principles in order to facilitate autonomy. According to these 3 principles, the teachers should use the target language and ask students to use merely the target language during the classes. Moreover, guiding the students to plan their own learning, goals and learning activities and putting the learners’ choices into discussion, analysis and evaluation through the use of the target language, are the responsibilities that a teacher should conceive as important, in addition to this teachers should also enable them to work collaboratively in small groups. It would be beneficial if the teacher asks their learners to write what the learners have done in the lesson so far by writing reflections and keep a record of their works (i.e. plans of lessons, projects, lists of useful vocabulary, and learner generated texts).

Research Question
·         What are the teachers’ perspectives towards learner autonomy during the class activities?
Conclusion
 According to the findings, it is stated that teachers play a crucial factor that affect learners’ autonomy, for instance experienced teachers are aware of what to do throughout the teaching/learning process, which is proposed in the review part of the research as well, Boud(1980:30) states that the key factor is the teacher, because if the teacher analyzes their learners’ needs and accordingly applies the activities then the communication between learner and the teacher is enhanced and the most important of all is, learners don’t feel themselves dependent to the teachers. For that purpose teachers should be as reflective as possible so teachers have to promote their professional profile, the best way to do is, attending in-service training programmes, because they have opportunity to analyze their students needs and design a syllabi that to be addressed to all types of multiple intelligences. So that ITI model can be applied in order to address all types of learners.  To sum up, learners’ motivation is a crucial issue not only for students but also for the teachers as well. Because generally becomes a problematic issue throughout the teaching/learning process. As a result, autonomy should be analyzed both from teachers and learners perspective. Because the findings of the research also indicate that teachers’ perspective become one step further. But at the end of the research the hypothesis is proven that, teachers’ attitudes towards learner autonomy play a crucial role.  

" I believe in hard work and independence, and that everyone deserves the chance to be independent."

Burcu.









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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

FREEDOM is the most precious gift of life!


I have always thought that this word is so deep.. Freedom for me is to let things flow in a natural way, to let people be the way they feel, to let animals grow in their natural habitat. Sometimes I do think what about if we ares still like in ancient times without many things arounds us, such as globalization, technology issues, and world development, what about if today we just do not want to compete with the rest, what about if today we just behave like real "Humans".




Some days ago I watched a video documentary based on Humans and the reason of our existence, nothing related to religion issues, but very close to humanistic ones.
After watching that I realized that many of us do not have a single of idea why we are here alive and what for.. the video suggests the greatest to meet ourselves with nature and find yourself there, it was a journey to the deepest part of subconcious, it seems to be simple but in words it is not possible, we definitely need something else to encourage us to find it, what could it be? Curiosity? Cultural awarness, or as simple as to feel free in a real way, then that phrase came to my mind again and again until I decided to start writing this: "Before learning about Humanity, you have to learn to be Human."





It was last week I watched in the news,  the last current issues of cruelty which many people is in risk for lack of "HUMANITY "to them. According to wikipedia, Freedom is Liberty in philosophy, involves free will as contrasted with determinism, then what about you? what does Freedom mean to you and how important is the role of this single word in our lives? 
I was not sure if I should have writen a post about all of this as my blog is an educational one, but then the magic word "EDUCATION" cleared up my mind inmediately as I consider education is a key factor to solve many of the consequences of the lack of this precious gift: Freedom. 
Then, Is it too much if we can also consider in our planning a Love lesson? or maybe a lesson based on values, trying to wake up in our kids why the importance of being human must be learnt before we learn about humanity, contents, and so on..
I am not trying to convince people about the huge importance to be successful in life with a good degree and an awesome job, but I am a believer that we can not make students (human beings - who are in charge of us as educators) far away from something which is vital for the personal development, in one of my blog post I said, we eduactors are not heroes to save the world, but I will not tired to repeat this, we have a big responsibility in the future of an era.


Our role is huge and tiring many times but we are not the only ones who are in charge of educating, you can learn everywhere, for instance we learn every single day with our own lives, challenges, achievements and failures, and many times those failures are the ones who teach us more than a lesson at school, so what about implementing real life context to teach values, to teach the real sense of Freedom in our society?
We do not need to break the rules of our institutions or planning lessons if we search for activities with a sort of tendence to how to be more human, how to develop values, how to defend your own saying with an accurate supporting argument.





Some ideas in our lessons.-
Ice breaker activities with videos to analyze and develop critical thinking and let students think in how it can influence in their own lives and if it is a case also it can work with someone they know, I remembered many times working with songs such as: "Perfect" Simple Plan, "Run away train" - Soul Asylumn, "Another brick on the wall"- Pink Floyd, "You get what you give" - New Radicals, "Stuck in a moment" - U2.
I really recommend to use this songs in classes specially with teenagers as they are most times tending many issues related to them.

Collaborative writing activities help a lot to develop peer achievement and rapport, so we can also try working on a current topic in society and based on writing letters for a change, stories which can say pros and cons of the situation living, comics working on the topic discussed, poems and acrostics related to how students react and feel to the current situations or news that you all discuss previously.

Storytelling based on stories students can create and work with them in virtual big books or hand made big books for sharing with the little ones so we can also work on joining two ages in a task.

Your saying- Speaking activity based on how students can defend what they think and share their point of view in a realistic, coherent and respectful way, such as debates, role plays, and reporting local or world news to he class with their personal beliefs and conclusions after making a good research about it.

Seven things every child need to hear:
1. I love you.
2.- I am proud of you.
3.- I am sorry.
4.- I forgive you.
5.- I am listening.
6.- This is your cresponsibility.
7.-You've got what it takes.

Last but not least, videos showing the importance of  courage and integrity of the human being courage, integrity. It is time to satnd up all together for a single reason there is no possible way to treat humans like objects, there in way to only watch it and say it is not happening in my country, there is no way we can tolerate more abuses and attacks, we are all here to eduacte , no matter who teach or not, we as society has a huge role if we want a better tomorrow.


I would like to give express my respect and huge thanks to people around the world who support many projects related to human rights such as: " The No Project" which is  is a global award-winning, anti-slavery campaign that targets awareness through dance, music, art, film, sport, education and social media.



"Speak up because the day you don't speak up for the things that matter to you, it is the day your
FREEDOM truly ends."








References:
http://humanofilm.com/es/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty
http://thenoproject.org/english/