Perhaps your previous school year went well and your teaching was amazing. Maybe you think it wasn’t and it went poorly. Maybe you can describe your previous school year and evaluate your teaching with different adjectives. Maybe you were not conscious about your performance.
So here are some questions to help you reflect on that school year so that you can be aware of what had happened and then can do your best in summer to make the next school year better.
- When were students at their best and how did I know?
- When did I notice myself doing the best and how did I know?
- What were classroom management strategies I used and were they successful?
- What did I do to save time as a teacher? Did I succeed?
- What are the key things that affect my effectiveness as a teacher?
- What was my teaching philosophy and was it reflected on my teaching practices?
- How was my relationship with my colleagues and how did it affect my performance?
- How was my relationship with my students and how did it affect their performance?
- How did I spend time inside and outside the classroom and how did I know that I did the right/wrong things?
- What did I do to motivate students to do what I asked them to do?
- Of the things that I didn’t do last year, which one was most worth my time to do?
- Could I affect my students and changed their lives positively? What should I do to do so?
- Did I succeed in making teaching fun for me? What should be done to feel so?
- What am I most excited about for the next year? Am I prepared for it?
- What is the one “big idea/thing” I should focus on during this summer to improve my teaching?
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Teachers of English as a Foriegn Language are asked to take into account the following recommendations from the beginning of the new school year to make great success in their career:
1. Control your teaching and make it as effective as possible by:
* Getting to know the course materials very well by reading them through in advance.
* Getting to know the outcomes of each unit sticking them at the front of your preparation notes to adjust your teaching accordingly.
* Preparing your individual lessons well.
– Preparation notes of each lesson should include mainly the following:
Objectives – Warm-Up Steps – Presentation Steps – Practice Steps – Assessment Procedures or Homework – Self-Evaluation Note.
* Making sure that you have any important information about your students; their names, level of learning, weakness & strength points, ….etc.
2. Improve your teaching and facilitate your students’ learning by:
* Learning & applying new teaching methods, techniques and activities.
* Adjusting your teaching according to your students’ level and needs.
* Reflecting on your successes and difficulties in the classroom.
* Discussing teaching experiences with your colleagues.
* Assessing your students’ progress giving them grades, marking their written work regularly and giving them effective feedback.
* Designing and using simple teaching aids in the classroom to attract your students’ attention and facilitate their learning.
* Organizing your class in different and various ways; whole-class, individual students, pair work and group work, depending on the activity being taught at different times of the lesson.
3. Give your students the opportunity for language learning and practice by:
* Creating a natural context and real-life situations to use the language.
* Giving students the chance to hear and use as much authentic English as possible.
* Using more and more teaching aids to untie your students’ tongues & encourage them to talk in English naturally.
* Contextualizing the new language asking students to put new words in sentences of their own and utilize new structures in real-life situations.
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