As you know, there is no term as sitteaching. However, some of our colleagues assume that they teach when they sit, don’t make eye-contact, don’t use intonation, etc. Is it possible to teach like this?
I wasn’t planning to talk about that today but facebook showed me a video that I shared five years ago! Here is the link to the video:
When I watched the video, I thought our students are aware of everything we do and don’t do! Mostly they seem as if they are not following us in the lessons-especially nowadays with spring mood!- but indeed they are. However, it is easier for us to complain about their mischievous behaviours rather than paying attention to their body language or ideas. Sometimes all they want is attention.
As a person, I don’t like moving or doing any sports at all but as a teacher, I can’t stop walking, running or jumping in the class :))) My students mostly say “hocam, how can you be so energetic? What do you drink in the morning to get that energy?” I just smile as an answer. I believe real teachers are born to be active in the class. When the teacher is active, students feel an urge to be active. When I sit, I am bored so isn’t it normal for a student not to want to be a part of education process?
Of course we might be tired! However, even our tone of voice can help us at that point. We should share our energy with learners! But what if we don’t want to do anything as a teacher?
First, we should find something we are interested in as a person and do it more often.
Second, we should get more fresh air which will make us more positive and give us energy.
Third, we should ask for new teaching ideas to colleagues, forums, or read some research-which is boring to me!
Then, we should ask our learners what they want to see in the class.
Finally, we should brainstorm about these and then start an action plan.
Seriously, it is not as difficult as it seems! Just start from somewhere and you will find yourself in the middle of production and creativity.
How did I come up with these steps? I have been in that process for the last few weeks :)) Nowadays I feel much closer to producing something and now I am writing here 🙂
Come on, stand up or sit down and start somewhere! A teaching term is too short to wait for the inspiration ship to come to you so go for it!