Hi everyone, I´m just popping in to show you this incredible building I saw in Madrid today. I was walking with a friend trying to find a children’s bookstore, and after walking up and down the street a few times we finally realized it had sadly closed its doors. Before we realized it we were staring at this beauty neither of us had seen before. I’ve been in this neighborhood many times but this little gem had been hiding behind a street corner. The reason I was in that part of town to begin with was the fact that for the past few days and the next couple of weeks I’m back in school for my young learner teacher certification! This means that really soon I’ll have amazing ideas and projects to share with you here so that you can do them with your little ones. It feels great to go back to school and be the student for a while again. It’s a very unique kind of class, very creative and interactive, and after every class we leave with big smiles on our faces and ready to try out what we’ve learned.
Some of these great ideas are coming soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share a little piece of wisdom I read about today as I was planning a couple of lessons for my younger students. We all have a curriculum to adhere to, a course book to follow, and parents to please, but students, especially young learners are a lot less interested in the amount of topics we cover in one lesson as it is for them to feel cared after, understood and taken into account. This is not to say that we should throw our lesson plans out the window, it just means that if we take care of these other aspects of teaching as much as our grammar exercises, it’s definitely more likely that learning will occur. This was written by a teacher who is currently working in South Korea, and I definitely think this applies to children of any nationality. Take the time to get to know your students, to listen to them, to make them realize how special and smart they are, and the subject you’re teaching might become an exciting part of their day and be more memorable. They’re also more likely to continue coming back for more, wide eyes in tow. More to come soon so stay tuned!