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terça-feira, 3 de março de 2015

Giving Positive Feedback- Teaching Positively

A teacher's attitude, behavior, language and teaching style can do a lot to make or break a good student. Best teachers encourage learning, effort, motivation and curiosity   .There is a famous sentence that says " we teach what we are" so we have to nurture a positive atitude towards our students results since the very first classes.  Praising is the best way to get this.The best teachers know that one of the essential elements in encouraging a student to do better is praise. Students, just like all other human beings regardless of age, like to be praised. Publicly praising a student also has the added benefit of encouraging other students to strive. However, if you think that it might have the opposite effect of alienating some students, you can try private praise by calling a student after class and praising him/her for a job well done.  Thinking of that, I share with you below some sentences that you should incorporate to your classroom language so that you can make sure you are praising your students and avoind so many repetitive Very Good! For every achievement, effort, good attitude, your students deserve one praise.Try these ones!

Some Ways To Say "Very Good!"

  1. I’m happy to see you working like that.
  2. You’ve just about mastered that.
  3. I’m proud of the way you worked today.
  4. That’s the best you’ve ever done.
  5. You’re doing that much better.
  6. Couldn’t have done it better myself.
  7. Now that’s what I call a fine job
  8. You must have been practicing.
  9. You’re doing beautifully.
  10. Superb!
  11. Keep it up!
  12. You’ve got it down pat.
  13. You certainly did well today.
  14. Tremendous!
  15. You’re doing fine.
  16. Good thinking!
  17. You are really learning a lot.
  18. Keep on trying.
  19. You outdid yourself today.
  20. I’ve never seen anyone do it better!
  21. Good going!
  22. I’m very proud of you.
  23. Good job, (individual’s name).
  24. You figured that out fast.
  25. That’s really nice.
  26. It’s a pleasure to teach you when you work like that.
  27. Clever!
  28. That’s great!
  29. Way to go!
  30. Now you have the hang of it.
  31. Congratulations!
  32. You’ve got your brain in gear today!
  33. Wonderful!
  34. Super!
  35. You’re on the right track now.
  36. You are very good at that.
  37. That’s coming along very nicely!
  38. You’re doing a good job.
  39. That’s quite an improvement.
  40. You are learning fast
  41. You make it look easy!
  42. You really make my job fun!
  43. You’re getting better every day.
  44. That’s the way!
  45. Nice going
  46. Sensational!
  47. You haven’t missed a thing!
  48. That’s the way to do it!
  49. Keep up the good work
  50. Nothing can stop you now.
  51. That’s better than ever.
  52. Outstanding!
  53. You did very well!
  54. You’re really improving.
  55. Right on!
  56. You’re on target now.
  57. I’m impressed with your progress!
  58.  Incredible job!
  59.  Awesome job!
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domingo, 1 de março de 2015

The most important thing in the world activity

This activity is great to be used with teens and adults. It's a very good tool for the teacher to evaluate how students perceive their sef-steem. I like to use it as a warm-up but it can be a good wrap-up too.
Procedures:
1) Teacher asks student to say what the most important things in the worldare for them and give one adjective to describe it.
2) Before the class the teacher will have stuck at the bottom of an empty box a mirror. then, in clas, after this brief discussion, every student in turns will be invited to open the box and see his/her reflection. They should also say one adjective to describe them. Before I invite them to start opening the box, I usually say that inside the box there is something very important for me in the world. 
3) If you want, as a follow-up, you can have them sitting in pairs to discuss how they felt when they saw their reflection and so on but usually the activity is always very rewarding for both students and teacher.