Teaching vs Learning

A teacher once said to me, “your students are more concerned with talking about your clothes/accessories than looking at the flashcards”
Well, I’m an English Teacher, so my reply was “awesome! I should wear something crazy everyday!”

  
At that, some people get confused. And here is a short simple way to understand why I’m so happy that my student was “not” paying attention:

  • Flashcards are a tool for teaching. Any teacher that thinks that the point of the lesson is the flashcards, might as well accept that their stunt will only ever be capable of shouting out random words when they see an object.  
  • Learning isn’t limited to the classroom or even the teacher’s input. It’s about understanding and putting into context the world around you. When a student of English comments “it’s so cute” while you are doing something else, it isn’t a sign that the child isn’t learning. It’s the opposite.   
  • Teaching isn’t limited to the materials in your hands, it should include every action you make around students, how you respond to their creativity, and being interested in their interests.   

Teaching will only get the students to your level. Encouraging students to learn will push them beyond even the teacher’s abilities. 

  

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Unsung Musicians (Pt1) … Kat McDowell

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Name: Kat McDowell
Sound: vocals and acoustic guitar/vocals and full band (the Underdogs)
Language: English/Japanese

Kat is an awesome singer/musician.

Creating her own music as well as doing covers, she has a soothing effect at the same time as making you want to get up and dance!

She writes and sings in both Japanese and English, and has released her own albums on iTunes.

Kat always gives her heart in live performances, and really connects with her audience.

Check out her website for more information.

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lexJLH Sendai

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Hi all!

Check out this new blog from LEX (below)

If you are in Sendai and hoping to learn a new language (Japanese/English) you should come and check out this place.

Every wednesday night and Sunday lunchtime, it’s the hottest place to be, and the coolest Language Exchange programme going.

Sponsored by Lifehouse Sendai, a local church, it’s free, fun, new and exciting.

Come, talk, make friends and have a great time!

There’s no obligation, enrollment, hidden fees or commitment necessary. Come and check it out, and see if you like it! It’s that simple..

 

 

Language Exchange makes it easier for me! LEXのおかげで楽になってきてる!.

 

lexJLH Sendai

Free English! フリーイングリッシュ!

In Sendai we are giving free English lessons for 30 minutes on Sundays!
今週の日曜日はまた無料の英会話レッスンやってる〜!

It’s from 11:00-11:30
11:00から、11:30まで

If you want to come, please email LifehouseSendai@gmail.com
興味のある人は LifehouseSendai@gmail.comへmailをsend!

Also, sometime we go out and give free 5 minute English lessons. If you see this sign, feel free to come and talk to us!
ときどき私たちたら英会話をする、このサインを見たら、私たちに話を行ってください。

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Want to come?
Sorry for my bad Japanese.