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Helene J Uchida
January 10, 2014
15 Faithful Promises
In my quest to start the New Year off fresh, I make promises to myself to bring out the best in my students. I would like to share them with you in hopes that some of them will be useful for you.
I will respect my students no matter what their level is. If I show respect to them, they will naturally reflect that respect back to me, to their peers, and to themselves.
I will always be prepared for class but will always allow room for changes based upon the flow of the lesson and the energy/mood of the students.
I will remember that no two classes are the same. What works in one class may not work in another.
I will be firm, friendly, fair, and focused in my approach.
I will delegate, encourage, facilitate, and guide my students to take charge with the challenges they encounter in class.
I will use English as a tool to enable my students to become independent and confident.
I will teach English with a message, meaning students should be polite to me, to guests, and to each other; courtesy ignites courtesy.
I will create positive experiences for each lesson so my students feel like each class is a special encounter.
I will encourage students to take responsibility for themselves, our class, our work, our progress, and for inter-personal relationships.
I will be strong with my praise and gentle with my criticism.
I will give students signals to maintain my connection with them by pointing, gesturing, directing, smiling, reacting, dipping my head when they speak, pondering what they say, and by genuinely responding to who they are and what they feel.
I will be sincerely interested in what my students have to say. I should ask about family members, clubs, hobbies, vacations, jobs, health, favorite movies, singers, opinions, complaints, and dreams.
I will always seek ways to improve my teaching by reviewing new materials and attending educational presentations.
I will learn from my students. Observing them and how they respond to my lessons is the best self-help training course I could ever take.
I will let each student feel he/she is special in my eyes because it is true. Everyone is special.
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