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    Hi
    I am going to start teaching in afew next days. I would like to know what is the secret for becoming a brilliant teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beautiful eyes View Post
    I am going to start teaching in the next few days. I would like to know what is the secret for becoming a brilliant teacher.
    We would all like to know that. Start by becoming a competent one.

    Rover

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    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello,

    May I share some thoughts?

    1. Keep studying grammar and/or literature. If you love grammar and /or literature, your students will sense it.

    2. Prepare meticulously. If you have an 8 o'clock class, be there at 7 in order to prepare everything down to the

    last detail. (Remember those teachers who walked into the class at 8 a.m. with the students and then wasted time

    preparing themselves to teach?)

    3. Be very humble. Here is some advice that I once read: "There is less than three-tenths of the language we can

    claim to have some knowledge about. Be sure not to blow these three-tenths or to bluff on the other seven-tenths."

    ***

    4. Remember that teaching is a two-way street. Enthusiastic (and well-behaved) students + enthusiastic (and well-prepared) teacher = successful class. Here is a proverb that I once read. It is reportedly Japanese. I read it in a Spanish translation. Here is my bad translation: "One day with a good teacher is better than 1,000 days of conscientious self-study." ****

    5. If you can find the right school with the right students, I am sure that you will be a brilliant success.

    Teaching, IMHO, is not a job; it is a calling.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!


    *** Professor Kun Chang. [He may have been referring to Chinese, but -- IMHO -- his advice applies to all languages.]

    **** [In case my translation is wrong, here is the Spanish: "Un solo dia con un buen maestro es mejor que mil dias de estudio concienzudo."]

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    Know your stuff, care about your students, have a sense of humour and be willing to improvise- these may not make you a brilliant teacher, but they will stand you in good stead. Get them to know you and your good points and bad points- at first some students find my willingness to arrive a few minutes late, coffee in hand, and feel that is fine unprofessional, but then they see my willingness to stay far more minutes at the end- create a style that fits your personality and works. Build a realistic rapport. Get results- be clear on objectives and work towards them. Then find time for a chuckle.

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