It’s been great seeing everyone interact over on the Genki English Facebook Group (it’s free for teachers, you just have to answer a couple of questions.)
One of the things that I’ve been trying to do over there is instead of simply giving everyone the answers i.e. old fashioned Victorian style teaching, I always try and ask a question back that will let you figure out the answer yourself i.e. the modern coaching way of teaching.
Now some teachers don’t like that, which is fair enough, but my aim is always to have independent learners, where if you can ask the right questions you can come up with the right answers yourself every time. After all …
“The quality of our lives is determined by the quality of our questions”
Anuraag sent in a very good message the other week about a misbehaving class and the solution I suggested was to try “pre-visulaisation” i.e. writing down exactly what you want the class to become *before* you actually teach them, especially if they have played up in the past.
It’s how Olympic medalists run races in their head before they start, and it’s how highly successful entrepreneurs run their companies, and Anuraag just shared this in the group 🙂
I just wanted to share something positive.
A few weeks back I posted on here saying how I was struggling to get my students to listen and Richard Graham asked me to write down my ideal lesson with how my ideal students behaved.
Well, I did all that and yesterday morning I was teaching my small group of boys and later in the afternoon I was reflecting on how great that lesson went, and it hit me, that that lesson went almost like I had written.
The boys were listening, passionate to learn, motivated to try and honestly they were having so much fun they didn’t want to go home, they asked if they could stay and play at mine 🙂
It was a great lesson and I just wanted to share!
I think I will writing down all my ideal lessons now.
Have a good Sunday everyone
It’s fantastic to see and full marks for putting it into practice Anuraag!
For everyone else, you know that class you’ve been wanting to transform? Well, grab that piece of paper, write down exactly how you would love the class to become and see if the magic comes your way too 🙂