教學絮語 Motivation, Attitude and Life texture.

已經有一段時間不太放照片或影片,有人發現了嗎?

但這不是因為我們的課少了,而是跟學生們在一起每一堂課, 很平實也很享受,這樣的滿足,大概不是影片或照片可以表達的,於是就暫時作罷。

老實說,既然語言即是生活,又有誰的生活每天都是派對呢?


態度決定質感。

那天跟南非阿姨聊天,身為資深英語教師的她,課時竟然比我多了快兩倍。

讓我既佩服又有點心疼。再怎麼有經驗的老師,站在台上,還是需要體力的。

南非阿姨總是讓自己維持在非常好的狀態下。 擁有藝術史學位的她,難怪總是搭配得宜,品味出眾。也許語言習得能力無可避免地會與年紀相關,但是她從來沒有毫無準備地來上課過。 還常常因爲無法完成作業而覺得對不起老師。方方面面呈現出的都是一種「態度」。是生活態度,是學習態度,更是人生態度。

那天我們聊到她先生可能需要助聽器了。因為我父親的經驗,我推薦了服務又好,價錢又實惠的好市多。她先生戴上後,非常興奮,彷彿重新開了世界的窗,聽見了許多久違的聲音。南非阿姨開心說出的「中文課真有用!」,讓我也好開心。我想我應該做對了什麼!:)

我衷心希望自己未來也能成為這麼有質感的人。


動機決定態度。

最近我也有一位新學生M,是個已經來台灣八年的女孩,從問課開始,態度就非常積極。

不可諱言,我曾經有過偏見,覺得需要輪班的人是不可能真的願意來固定時間上課的。但是M教會我,千萬別讓所謂的經驗成為障礙自己的成見。今天早上九點,她又準時從宿舍走路來學中文。因為要融入台灣家人的生活,他不只一次在問課的時候強調再強調,她真的很想學中文。就算不是團班,他也願意一對一來學。但我卻是一直到今天教「時間」主題,與他口說練習時才知道,原來今天他是請假來上課的。 輪班的工作性質,基本上沒辦法固定時間上課。但是她學習中文的熱情,感動了她的主管,甚至支持他偶爾請假來上中文課。 強烈的動機,化做了積極行為與態度。而一個人的潛力跟未來,不就是這麼投資自己來的嗎?


謝謝我的學生,總是讓我在他們身上學習到很可貴的特質。 我想這也是當老師最快樂的事情之一。


Haven't posted photos or videos for a while, has anyone noticed?

But this is not because we have fewer classes, it's because we just enjoy every class with our students. This kind of satisfaction probably cannot be expressed in videos or photos, so I stopped it for the time being.

Honestly, As saying language is life, whose life is having a party every day ?

Attitude determines life texture. I was chatting with my South African aunt that day. As a senior English teacher, her class hours were almost twice as mine. It's so admirable. No matter how experienced teachers are, they still need physical strength to lecture standing on stage. Aunt South Africa always keeps herself in very good shape. With a degree in art history, it's no wonder that she always matches dressing well and has excellent taste. Perhaps language acquisition is inevitably age-related, but she never came to class unprepared and even often felt sorry for the teacher for not being able to complete the homework. There is an "attitude" in every aspect. It is an attitude to learning, and also an attitude to life. We chatted that day that her husband might need a hearing aid. Because of my father's experience, I recommend Costco with great service and affordable prices. After her husband put it on, he was very excited, as if he had reopened the window of the world and heard many long-lost voices. The "Chinese class is really useful!" said by the South African aunt happily made me very happy too. I think I should be doing something right! :) I sincerely hope that I can become such a person like her in the future. Motivation determines attitude. Recently, I also have a new student, M. She is a girl who has been in Taiwan for eight years. She shows her strong motivation since class inquiry. Admittedly, I used to have a prejudice that people who worked by shifts are unlikely to be really willing to come to class at a fixed time. But M taught me not to let the so-called experience become an obstacle to my own prejudice. At nine o'clock this morning, she walked from the dormitory on time to learn Chinese. Because of the need to integrate into the Taiwanese family, she emphasized more than once that she really wanted to learn Chinese. Even if it is not a group class, he is willing to do 1-1 tutor. But I didn't know until today when I taught the topic of "time" and had oral practice with her that she took a leave of absence to come to class today. Due to the work with shift, there is basically no way to set a fixed time for class. But her enthusiasm for learning Chinese moved her supervisor, and even supported her to occasionally take time off to take Chinese classes. Strong motives are transformed into positive behaviors and attitudes. And a person's potential and future, isn't that how one invest in himself/herself?

I appreciate my students for always letting me learning valuable qualities from them. I think this is one of the happiest things about being a teacher.



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