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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

One Month: Thanks from the heart

Why being Grateful?

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to let me open my heart and mind with you all. This first month has been an awesome experience for me. 

This is just a little note from me to express how grateful I am with life, my beliefs,  and you all.

A humanistic Side in ELT is deeply honoured and thankful in its first month of life with your 1,131 visits. 

"She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans." 


¿Porqué estar agradecida?

Gracias desde lo más hondo de mi corazón por haberme permitido abrir mi mente y corazón con todos ustedes. Este primer mes ha sido una experiencia increíble para mí. 
Esta es solo una pequeña nota para expresar cuan agradecida estoy con la vida, mis creencias, y todos ustedes.

Un Lugar Humanístico en La Enseñanza de Inglés está profundamente honrado en este primes mes con las 1.131 visitas.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Is the Emotional Side Playing a Role in Your Planning? I think, we all should have a look at ourselves before adding it.

January 17th.- 

I should be sleeping by this time, but I feel I can not close this day without saying what I do feel about what I have learnt so far about  people's emotions and mine as well.
The thing is how many people care about others emotions nowadays,  and if we as human beings or individual ones out of a classroom do mind about them, or we just do not care so much about what other people feel and maybe our own feelings as well, then the big question has come to my mind... "How can we pretend to understand or feel our students in class if we do not start with our own lives?"

It is so common and I may say a routine to see headlines full of bad news and of course I am not saying anything new with this, but what surprises a lot it is the increasing of the indifference of people about how others feel and how people are getting their heart harder and harder in order not to be touched so much about others, or maybe do a thing for a change, or at least give a try. 

Sure, we teachers are not heroes and heroines to save the world, but I do believe we are involved in such a vital role for the society as we are the ones who are the responsible for the generations coming.

Now, this is the time when most of us have started a new semester of the winter season or like us in Peru our summer courses as we are on holidays, all of us are busy working on planning and working in programmes to make our classes more interesting with creative activities, lovely engagement tasks, integrating technology and so on.. I am sure all of you are doing a great a job, and once again it has come to my mind how much we care about our students emotions when we are plannifying.

What do we think about how our learners can feel about a specific topic or how can we manage when a situation is out of control because of a specific issue of one of our students? 
How do we plan to evaluate thinking in the learners as  humans with emotions?

In my humble experience,  I could say that by thinking not only as a group, but also keeping our learners in mind as individual ones with their own worlds and trouble even if they are very young kids really works a lot. By knowing a bit more than their data info can also work, so of course I am pointing at the dream word: "Rapport", then how do we build rapport for getting all these factors to consider in our classes? 
Here are some tips from my experience:
We build rapport by caring, by listening to them, by letting them to express what they feel, by sharing a chat out of a classroom, by letting them know how important they are for us and for others, by making them feel  aware they are loved for who they are,  and....  one last single thing that I always have in my reflection, by reminding ourselves "why we choose this career", when we were in our first year steps of teaching with the greatest passion on, then go back to that marvellous time and say to ourselves I teach because I feel!! 
Emotions .. how many of us need to lead with them? Everybody, raising both hands here, and I believe it is more important now than the academic side, the emotional one is seemed to be forgotten in our planning somehow, we may be busy thinking about how to reach the academic aims of the course and to get our heads happy with good marks at the end of the syllabus or a good number of learners who achieve international certifications, but what about the feeling of making ourselves happy after a lesson, and by the end of the day when we are taking notes of our own self assessment we could consider a tick in the emotional side, how many times we can say, Yes!! today the shy one smiled and had the time of his/her life, I could see him/her interacting with others without asking him/her or being part of a task, how many times we can write today I feel that I did not want to leave my class, and you go home saying Yes!! I also had the time of my life; the essential is not perceived with the senses, it is perceived with the heart. 

Time for evaluations? -  Everybody is in tension because you are in the front side and your students are the ones who will receive the punishment, how can we avoid that? 

Once again, this humble teacher has found very useful to make them work on breathing exercises, stretching themselves, work on a previous musical activity for relaxing and saying how they feel, take them to the garden of your campus or school and make them take off your shoes feel the grass and why not make them round on the grass, personally I have done that and we all came back to class full of good vibes from mother nature and the greatness of being together supporting each other with only one aim to make tension go away from them. The time of evaluation comes and of course you are not in front of them, you walk around making them feel you are there not as a judge, but as the person who has been all the term next to them.

Emotions are always in our lives and manage them adequately mark a huge difference in the quality of life.

To close this short post , I believe that if we stand next to our kids, teenagers, adults to listen to their hearts, they could find that thing they love making in life, and in that way they will feel motivated to reach it, and help them creating a space to develop this emotional side, a goal maybe for some?  
Difficult, maybe a bit hard to negotiate with the institutions we work for, the good news is that the one who is the chief of your class and life is "YOU", of course it is able to happen, key words: 

  • Remember we work with human beings.
  • Believe in your approaches and own beliefs. 
  • Keep in mind your roots and early ages.
  • Do not give up.
  • Keep your dreams up.
  • Do not follow stereotypes.
  • Be yourself.
  • Enjoy every single thing in your class.
  • Keep in mind you are making a difference in the life of others.
  • Never ever forget why you have chosen this career.

Finally, I would like to thank a very good friend from my own high school,  who has made me feel in the mood about writing on emotions. Thanks for inspiring me J.L.!



Sábado 17 de Enero.-

Debería estar durmiendo a esta hora, pero siento que no puedo cerrar este día sin decir lo que realmente siento de lo que he aprendido hasta ahora sobre las emociones de las personas y a su vez de las mías.
El punto es a cuantas personas les importa las emociones de los demás en estos días, y si somos seres humanos o individuos fuera de un salón de clase a los cuales no nos importa, o soló no nos interesa lo que los otros sientan, y quizá ni aún  lo que nosotros mismos sentimos, es allí donde la gran pregunta viene a mi mente.. ¿Cómo podemos pretender entender y sentir a nuestros alumnos si no comenzamos con nuestras propias vidas?"   

Es muy común y me permito decir rutinario ver los titulares llenos de malas noticias y por supuesto no estoy diciendo nada nuevo con esto, pero lo que me sorprende bastante es el incremento de la indiferencia de las personas acerca de como los demás se sienten, y como los corazones de las personas se han vuelto cada vez más y más duros con el fin de que estos no sean tocados por lo que les ocurre a otros, ni quizá hacer algo por un cambio, o al menos hacer un intento.

Está claro que nosotros los maestros no somos héroes ni heroínas para salvar el mundo, pero creo profundamente que estamos involucrados en este rol vital hacia la sociedad, ya que somos responsables de las generaciones que vienen.

Esta es el época que muchos de nosotros ha empezado un nuevo semestre de la estación de invierno, o como acá en Perú los cursos de verano ya que estamos de vacaciones y todos nosotros estamos ocupados e interesados en planear y trabajar nuestros programas para hacer nuestras clases más interesantes con actividades creativas, lindos ejercicios de inicio de sesión, el integrar tecnología etc.. Estoy segura que todos están haciendo un gran trabajo, y una vez más viene a mi mente ¿ Cuánto nos esta importando las emociones de nuestros alumnos al momento de la planificación de clases? 
¿Cómo pensamos que nuestros alumnos se sentirán con un tema específico o como podremos manejar cuando una situación se escape de control por un factor especifico de alguno de nuestros alumnos?
Cómo planeamos evaluar evaluarlos pensando en nuestros alumnos como seres humanos con emociones?

En mi humilde opinión, yo podría decir de que no soló es pensar en el grupo, si no tener presente que cada alumno es un ser diferente con sus propios mundos y problemas aún los más pequeños realmente esta visión me ha servido mucho. El saber un poco más que la información de sus datas también sirve y mucho, y por supuesto estoy apuntando a la palabra soñada: " Empatía", luego como logramos construir empatia para conseguir todos estos factores en nuestras clases?

Acá unos consejos de mi experiencia:
Creamos empatia cuando nos interesamos por nuestros alumnos, escuchándolos, haciendo que ellos expresen lo que sienten, compartiendo una conversación fuera de un salón de clases, haciendo que ellos se den cuentan de lo importante que son para nosotros y para los demás, haciéndolos sentir que son queridos por quienes son, y un último detalle que siempre tengo en mi reflexión, el recordarnos a nosotros mismos "la razón por la cual elegimos esta carrera", cuando estuvimos en nuestros pasos, nuestros primeros años con la más grandiosa pasión encendida por enseñar y marcar vidas, es allí donde debemos regresar a ese maravilloso tiempo y decirnos a nosotros mismos:"¡Yo enseño porque yo siento!"

Emociones... ¿cuántos de nosotros necesitamos lidiar con ellas? ¡Todos!, ambas manos levantadas aquí, y creo que mucho más importante que el lado académico, es el lado emocional, y de alguna manera este se ha visto olvidado en nuestra planificación de clases, muchos podríamos haber caído en estar ocupados en tan soló alcanzar los objetivos académicos y por supuesto en conseguir que nuestros jefes estén felices con buenas calificaciones al final del ciclo o bimestre, o que un buen número de nuestros alumnos logre certificaciones internacionales, pero que hay acerca del sentimiento de sentirnos felices después de una clase, de al final del día cuando estemos haciendo nuestras notas de nuestro propia evaluación personal podamos considerar un check en el factor emocional, cuantas veces podemos decir Si!! Hoy tuve el momento de mi vida en esta clase; lo esencial no es percibido con los sentidos, es percibido con el corazón. ¿Cuántas veces hemos dicho me he sentido realizado como educador? ..Me he sentido realizado como ser humano.. 

Momento de evaluaciones? - Todos están en tensión porque tú maestro estas al frente de ellos y tus alumnos son los que recibirán el castigo, ¿cómo evitar eso?

Una vez más, esta humilde profesora ha encontrado muy útil hacer que los alumnos trabajen en ejercicios de respiración, estiramiento corporal, trabajar con previas actividades musicales de relajación, y que ellos expresen como se sienten, llevarlos al jardín del campus o colegio y hacer que ellos se quiten los zapatos y sientan el grass, y porque no hacer que rueden sus cuerpos sobre el grass, personalmente yo lo he hecho con mis grupos y todos hemos regresado a aula llenos de buena vibra de la madre naturaleza y lo grandioso de compartir juntos ayudándolos el uno al otro con solo un norte, hacer que la tensión se vaya de ellos.

El tiempo de evaluar llega y por supuesto  tu no estas frente a ellos, tu estas caminando alrededor haciéndolos sentir que tu no estas allí como un juez , pero si como la persona que ha estado junto a ellos durante todo el curso. 

Las emociones siempre en nuestras vidas y manejarlas adecuadamente marcan una inmensa diferencia en la calidad de vida que deseamos para los que educamos, y mucho más importante para nosotros mismos.

Para cerrar este pequeño artículo, creo que si nosotros acompañamos a nuestros niños, adolescentes, o adultos a escuchar sus corazones, ellos podrían encontrar lo que realmente aman hacer en la vida, y de esa manera ellos se sentirán motivados a alcanzarlo, y así mismo ayudarlos a crear un espacio de de este lado emocional, ¿Una meta para alguno de nosotros?

Difícil, quizá un poco duro de negociarlo con las instituciones educativas en las que laboremos, las buenas noticias son que el jefe de tu clase y de tu vida eres TÚ, por supuesto que eres capaz que suceda en ti, palabras cables: 

  • Recuerda que trabajamos con seres humanos.
  • Cree en tus enfoques y creencias propias.
  • Mantén en tu mente tus raíces y tus tiempos de origen.
  • No te rindas.
  • Mantén tus sueños encendidos.
  • No sigas estereotipos.
  • Sé tu mismo.
  • Disfruta cada detalle en tu clase.
  • Mantén en tu mente que tú estas marcando la diferencia en la vida de otros.
  • Nunca por nunca olvides porque has escogido esta carrera.  

Finalmente, quisiera agradecer a un muy buen amigo de mi propia escuela de secundaria, quien me hizo sentir de humor para escribir acerca de las emociones. Gracias por inspirarme J.L.!

Patty .

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Feelings of an Educator

Almost a year is ended and I feel the need to express my huge gratitude and satisfaction I have felt during these last 355 days, ten days left to close our 2014.
A year with ups and downs, and with such a blessing from God to let me touch lives one more year through classes, and feel the importance of being who I am and my role as an educator for my kids, those kids who are between ten and fifty- five years old, but they will always be my kids. 
I still remember when some of them called me mum instead of teacher and the smile he drew on my face at that moment. 
How couldn't I be grateful to life to give me the chance to be in a class and share part of my life with my kiddos? 
Although it has been a year of challenges, I came back to classes as a student for my CPD and I was so happy to learn new things and share with great educators, also it came a time that I had to deal with some health issues but no matter what, I always tried to do my best to be part of this amazing trip to teach souls. 
At the beginning of this year I thought it was going to be hard to go back  teach young learners since I taught YL when I was in my early twenties but to my surprise I found lots of similarities between kids and adults in the neurologist side because when I was in my adults class in EFS,  it came to my mind that we all have got a child inside and there was something all my groups have had in common- it was the ability to share, I heard while my adults students were doing a task saying: " We are not learning English here, we are learning to support each other in our own process of learning" it was during a collaborative task, I felt so proud of them and thought it does not matter nights sleeping a few hours working on planning or trying to figure out engagement activities, sometimes having extra time to listen to their worries or just spending my weekend working on what my job, even my friends or relatives could not understand why I did that, but something inside of me knew the answer.. in the last nineteen years almost twenty in ten days, my life has changed in an awesome way and I would choose this career again and again as the best reward I can have it is the satisfaction to feel my kiddos happiness, to see how my groups have grown up together not only in knowledge of the language, but mainly as human beings with the right to express their saying even they were kids or adults, all of them surprised me in their own way and made me keep in mind the importance  that we are all different, and that is what it makes diversity so interesting in this field.  I do want to thank all the people who have inspired me to grow up as a person and educator and also have encouraged me to follow my dreams; this 2014 I thought why not  give a try as a speaker, many times came to my mind my awesome PLN that kept saying to me it was time to close a phase in my career, and start a new one. Then I thought at first it was a dream to reach it, as I was working long hours and studying at the same time, but fortunately I am a certified dreamer :) and I gave a chance to myself this year for a scholarship, I couldn't believe it when I received that email saying I was a scholarship winner for IATEFL Manchester 2015, I still remember that moment when my first reaction was reading Maslow immediately, giving thanks to God to keep my roots and beliefs in the human side, and thank the support of the ones who believed in me.. my kiddos who always give me the perfect encouragement to not give up in my aims with every little thing they have done to make me smile and make me feel a proud mum because that's the way I feel for them, my parents who have always been by my side with a mug of coffee or a hug  when I needed to work at dawn, and last but not least the great love and support of a very special group of people that have become family members for me.. I am talking about my fantastic PLN, souls that mean so much to me.
This year was not a dream trip because I do believe life always has got something for us to become stronger and realize how much we have got in this life then I am truly happy for the ups and downs of my 2014, and I really hope 2015 lets me grow up as a human being to be a better educator.
Thanks 2014, thanks life to let me express my own feelings closing one more year!  
Finally, I would like to add that whatever we do no matter the field we belong to, let's  keep in mind that the only satisfaction by the end of the day is that we could enjoy the ride and could give the best of us! 
My best wishes to all of you and cheers for a new year with hope and full dreams to believe in. 
Welcome 2015, we are ready for a new life chapter!!