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Why do I blog?

Why do I blog?

Richard St. John shares his eight secrets of success in a fantastic video and I want to talk about blogging and how I think it is connected to these eight great secrets.

Here are the eight secrets in a word cloud

cloud2Richard St.John’s Eight Secrets of Success – Made with http://www.wordle.net/

I blog for all the reasons in the word cloud:

  • I blog because I want to be an excellent educator (Excellence- get good at what you do)
  • I blog because I want to share my ideas (Serve Others)
  • I persist even when I am tired; good results need hard work! (Work!)
  • I blog to focus more on my interest and learn more about it (Focus)
  • I blog because this makes me think and learn new things (Push Yourself)
  • I get more ideas by trying to explain my ideas to other people. (Ideas)
  • I blog because I love my job and I am passionate about teaching (Passion)
  • I persist because I believe communicating your ideas is important for learning (Persist)

What should you blog about?

Blog about something you love, something you are passionate about. It may be using songs in the classroom, using Web 2.0 tools or it may even be a blog about the English language!

If you love your subject, you will find more things to write and you will also find the time, no matter how busy you are.

It takes time but it’s worth it!

May be you will find it hard at the the beginning. I found it hard too!

But with time, it gets easier. Remember! You won’t get better by waiting! You will get better by trying!”

Go beyond your comfort zone

Challenge yourself and you will surely be amazed by how much you will learn by communicating with the world!

And if you would like to listen to this great talk which inspired this post, here it is below, one of the great TED talks.

Some thoughts on why the DELTA is a great qualification, the benefits of following a course and getting this Diploma as well as when it’s a great time to do it!

Cambridge English Southern Europe

This is a stage akin to the intermediate learning plateau that learners of English as a foreign language reach: teachers realise that, while they can somehow manage to carry out their day to day teaching duties, it is also evident that they are repeating themselves, that there is no development in the way they teach or even the content they teach, that they keep doing the same old things in the same old way. It is no surprise then that they start to question themselves and their teaching ability.

Stagnation symptoms

The symptoms, which you, like many other teachers experience at some point, include the following:

  • You have attended methodology courses and/or workshops but you feel
    you cannot implement what you learnt in your own classes
  • You are beginning to feel restless about your teaching approach and
    are no longer happy that what you do in class “works” as well…

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Thoughts About Teaching

It might come as a surprise but I have always been dreaming of becoming an English teacher. Once I am now, it gets me into thinking what teaching actually is, what it means to me, what it means or should mean to others.

John Ernst Steinbeck (an American writer, widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath and the Nobel Prize Winner for Literature) attempted to shape by saying, “A great teacher is a great artist and you know how few great artists there are in the world”. So, is teaching art? Might it even be the greatest of all arts?

Undoubtedly, teaching is somewhat “audience”- oriented which works best when tailored to each individual student’s needs. It is meant for every single body in the classroom, meant for them both as individuals and parts of the big whole. Teaching human beings cannot be done successfully in an assembly line fashion. It works best only as an interactive and evolving process.

Is teaching mere transmission of information and knowledge? Certainly, it is much more than that. Knowledge is only real and permanent if it is the result of students’ own efforts, which is why teachers cannot be mere transmitters to their passively receiving pupils.

Furthermore, it is not only knowledge that our students should take home. It is the ability to think critically, to submit sufficient evidence to support their judgments. Nowadays, regardless of whether we like it or not, we are bombarded with “information” for which no or limited evidence is provided and in many respects we are expected to accept it at face value. But for teachers, who will enable us with this precious opportunity to be independent and critically thinking members of society?

Another thing is that passion and devotion are the keys to make your “audience” return again and again “to give you a standing ovation”. I know I am being rather figurative here, but you are to present yourself as an alpine guide to your class of climbers, rather than as a part of the mountain, which simply means: try to always be the right person at the right place and time. Why? To offer help, encouragement, and to make students feel that, with time and effort, they can succeed.

The truth is that teaching means giving your all during every single class, every single minute after the class, virtually every single minute of your life. It is hard, it is unbearable at times, but it pays dividends in the long run. Naturally, it is not that easy to step into the classroom, forget any private or professional issues on your mind and dedicate all your physical and mental capacities to teaching. But when successful, it works well.

If you once decide on doing a Delta degree, you will by all means understand how really truthful and realistic all these things are, how similar we, experienced teachers (or less experienced teachers who have just embarked on this path), are to skilled prima-ballerinas or world-famous chefs. Feeling thrilled? Intrigued? Join us and no matter how demanding or mind-blowing the process is, you are destined not to regret any single penny spent on it or any single minute devoted to it.

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