Friday, November 9, 2007

At first/In the middle/At the end - Antofagasta

"At first, I felt like saying "the same old song again". In the middle, I felt more confortable. At the end I felt begging for more, I need more workshops like this one."
"At first I felt about another workshop about curricula. At the middle I felt good and motivated because I like using drama techniques and role play at high - school. At the end, I started thinking how to motivate my colleagues to work in this way".
"At first I felt anxious and curious, ready to learn something new. In the middle I flt motivated to apply innovative activities in the class. At the end I felt ready to apply some of the dynamic activities for getting nergy from the students"
"At first I felt curious because I wanted to know if my travel was useful. In the middle I felt very happy, first because the subject matter was very interesting and the teacher was very nice. At the end, I felt pleased as my travel had been useful and I had shared with my friends"
"At first I felt tired, sleepy. In the middle I felt more relaxed and interested on the lecture. At the end, I felt like I wanted to learn and practice more."
"At first I felt excited about the new things I'd learn. In he middle I felt so interested. At the end I felt so relaxed because of the teacher's energy and experience."
"At first I felt happy to be able to be here after a three - hour trip by bus. In the middle I felt impressed by the way we can use drama in our classroom. At the end I felt eager to go back to classes and apply what I learnt today".
"At first I felt curious. In the middle I felt engaged. At the end I am compromised."

Comments and Pictures - Antofagasta

"We never stop learning" Let's take advantage of every opportunity we are offered! Thanks! Andrea González

"I'm very happy to to have the opportunity to participate in this workshop, because I learned new activities to teach English in a more attractive way, to meet colleagues I've not met before, to share our teaching experience and the most important of all, to have a very good teacher who - through her model and example - gave us more than reading a book, because Susan is a great person and a teacher. She motivated me a lot to continue teaching English". Vilma Vranicic

"Hi! I am Norma and I feel happy to have this opportunity to listen, practice and share experiences with other teachers. In this way, I understand that I'm not an island fighting in the ocean. There exists more like me, with the same problems or similar ones to be solved in the classroom" Norma Bernal

"It is wonderful to be informed about what is happening in our English world; we need more and more to help our students. When we motivate them more, we will get better results and improve their learning" Ana María Estay

"Please don't leave the opportunity to go to workshops. These workshops are good activities to become better teachers" Ingrid Muñoz Soto

List of Participants - Antofagasta

  1. Dolly Araya, Liceo Marta Narea,
  2. Norma Bernal, Colegio San José,
  3. Blanca Bravo, Escuela Victoriano Quinteros Soto,
  4. Lila Carriel, Colegio Bautista,
  5. Liliana Cavour, Juan Pablo II,
  6. Alfredo Cordero, Liceo Juan Cortés Monroy,
  7. Leticia Díaz, Escuela Arturo Prat E-80,
  8. Ana María Estay, Escuela Alondra Rojas,
  9. Andrea González, Colegio San Nicolás,
  10. Ingrid Muñoz, Liceo Domingo Herrera,
  11. Boris Olivares, Liceo Politécnico José Miguel Quiroz
  12. Ligia Osorio, Liceo Marta Narea Díaz,
  13. Carolina Rivera, Liceo A-27 Jorge Alessandri,
  14. Fabiola Toro, Colegio Emilio Sotomayor D-45,
  15. Marcia Villalobos, Colegio Santa Emilia,
  16. Vilma Vranicic, Liceo Andrés Sabella,

Antofagasta Report

18 teachers of English from Antofagasta and one Teacher of English coming from Tal Tal met on Wednesday 7th November at Hotel Diego de Almagro in Antofagasta for the "Stand and Deliver" Workshop.

We started with a classroom set-up and then we moved the tables and everyone participated in a circle. It is was very notorious how different people participate when you have them looking at each other's back and when they look at each other's faces.

What problems do English teachers face in their Practice?

In Antofagasta we did an activity using rythm, were teacher had to follow a rythm using their hands and think about the problems they have in class and when in each turn teachers had to say one word that reflected one problem. The words or concepts where the teachers identified were:

Home problems,
Fear to speak,
Lack of vocabulary,
Big sizes classes,
Learning problems,
No time to practice,
Mixed ability classes,

The problems presented were the same in Melipilla. In the end they are similar not only throughout Chile but also throughout the world, therefore we need to look for solutions. Of course, there are problems that the teacher cannot work on, like home problems, but for the mixed ability classes and the large classes there are solutions if we use some of the drama techniques that Susan is teaching us. The activities we learned tackle most of the problems, but the teacher needs to develop drama skills.

The teacher as a model

In order to carry out different active activities, without having discipline problems, the teacher needs to reflect the following through his or her body language and voice. The teacher as a model should:

  • Have classroom presence. In other words, know exactly what you want your class to look like.

  • Raise Awareness of the role of the teacher

  • Make eye contact: as it immediately reflects that you’re interested.

  • Read faces and respond to them: are the students open to learn? Sometimes the students have problems, and they do not want to work.

  • Maintain attention by using the techniques actors use to maintain attention.

  • Energy… in drama you contain your energy. It is an art of self control: keeping and conveying.

  • Creating engagement and atmosphere through relationships. Making students want o stay in the classroom.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The SPICE of Life and ELT

Susan talked about remembering to create a holistic classroom atmosphere where students can feel motivated to learn and to study with a positive attitude, feeling they are being helped to progress quickly and effectively. She suggested we should remember the acronym:
S for social development
P for physical development
I for intellectual development
C for creative development
E for emotional development

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Frightening Conclusion

The Frightening Conclusion
Haim Ginott

I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.

List of Participants - Melipilla

List of Participants - Melipilla
Carol Alarcón, Colegio El Sembrador Puente Alto,
Marcela Alvear, Liceo Guillermo Feliu Cruz,
Andrea Arancibia, Liceo Carmela Carvajal,
Mercedes Araya, Colegio San Cristóbal de Las Casas,
Gonzalo Araya, Colegio Bellavista La Florida,
Carlos Arévalo, Liceo Municipal 860 María Pinto,
Betsabé Barrera, Liceo Gabriela Mistral Melipilla,
Paola Calderón, Instituto San Pablo Misionero,
Germán Cona, Liceo 523 La Pintana,
María Alejandra del Río, Escuela Ecuador,
Rosario Fuenzalida, Liceo Polivalente San José de Maipo,
Josefina González, Colegio San Cristóbal de Las Casas,
Sol González, Liceo Polivalente C82,
Macarena Guajardo, Liceo Salesiano Manuel Arriarán Barros,
Sylvia Hernández, Liceo Los Almendros,
Belia Iturbe, Colegio Corazón de María de San Miguel,
Teresita Pino, Internado Nacional Barros Arana,
Elizabeth Ponce, Colegio Arzobispo Crescente Errázuriz /Belén Educa,
Cecilia Rojo, Centro Educacional Mariano Egaña,
Sandra Rubina, Liceo Francés,
Marcela Salgado, Colegio Los Nogales,
Ethel Salinas, Colegio Lourdes de Peñaflor,
Alejandro Tan, Colegio Iberoamericano,
Nayaret Toro, Liceo Politécnico Hannover,
Isabel Valdés, Liceo J.V Lastarria,
Alejandra Valencia, Liceo Carmela Carvajal,
Leyla Velasco, Liceo Froylán Yáñez de la Barra,
Eduardo Zúñiga, Liceo el Ballenar Melipilla, 831474/8323140

Melipilla Comments and Gallery

"It was a great experience to share our problems or difficulties that we, as teachers, have. Thanks to Susan and the British Council for giving these opportunities to improve as English Teachers" Betsabé Barrera

"There's nothing better than sharing with your colleagues, it's the only way to omprove and take advantage of what we have". Andrea Arancibia

"Impossible is nothing" Leyla Velasco

"there's always time for learning a bit more" Carlos Arévalo

"Thanks for the opportunity of being here sharing and learning more about teaching". Alejandra Valencia.

"Dear friends: teach with love, teach with effort, teach innovating and be happy" Rosario Fuenzalida.

Thanks Carlos for taking the pictures!

"It is very important for us to be part of an experience that forces us to face different situations that make us to feel the same our students feel. It is a real experience of learning and feel the same our students feel. It is a real experience of of learning and feel better and willing to change many or at least some aspects of my teaching". Sandra Rubina

Melipilla Report

28 teachers from the Metropolitana Region participated in the first workshop "Stand and Deliver". It was a very active and rewarding day.
The programme included four sessions. The first one started with an introduction to what the expression "Stand and Deliver" means. This expression comes from the stories of old, when the bandits would assault the rich people, travelling in their horse and carriage through the forests of England with "Stand and deliver", meaning "Give up all your goods", leaving the victims with nothing. The metaphor is that teachers participating in the sessions will become aware of their need to stand and deliver quality active lessons using drama techniques and stagecraft. In this way they should be able to better motivate their students to also "Stand and Deliver" with confidence, and a certain presence, their growing repertoire of English language competence.

Part of the first and the second session included an "active activity" called the layers of the onion, where teachers reflected on and shared the problems they face everyday in their practice and expressed why they had decided to attend this workshop.

There was also a revision of theoretical concepts, like
*what is drama?
*how does confidence relate to liking and motivation
*which is more important? fluency or accuracy?
We also discussed the different skills and resources a teacher should reflect on and use in the classroom.
After lunch, Susan had the teachers participate in some activities in order to wake students up, since after lunch everyone was thinking about a siesta! Once the participants had been "refreshed" we went through different activities that can work in large, mixed-ability classes (40-45 students). Teachers became students, and, we have to say, they behaved very well and participated actively. There was lots of activity, laughter and learning.