Beyond the limits of the English Class. Maiza Fatureto. Objectives. Raise more awareness on how educators see the general concept of ‘limits’ Discuss about some of the common challenges teachers face on a daily basis
the English Class
A: How many do you see?
B: There are four fingers, Arthur.
A: Look at me. You’re focusing on the problem.
If you focus on the problem you can’t see the solution.
Never focus on the problem. Look at me. Look beyond
the fingers. How many do you see?
B: I see eight.
A: Eight is a good answer. See what no one else sees.
See what everyone else chooses not to see out
of fear or conformity or laziness. See the whole
world anew each day.
“Once we accept our limits,
we go beyond them.”
1. Classroom discipline
2. Lack of rapport with learners
3. Too much attention on form
4. Disbelief in what we do in the classroom
5. Heavy focus on the product rather than on
the learning process
6. Lack of effective classroom management
7. Strong emphasis on content as opposed
to how learners can manage their own
8. Little work on raising learners’ self-esteem ...
“Don’t go on automatic!
Focus and awareness is
A Passion for the Possible (1998)
by Jean Houston
Task: How does the elephant story relate to our teaching practice?
Where’s the elephant?
Source: Playway to English 3 – Stories Video
Herbert Puchta and Gunter Gerngross
Cambridge University Press
limits we sometimes impose on ourselves
The elephant limit story
to a post with a short rope.
for a year or so. There came …
further from the post than the
length of the rope.
further than that, and never did, even
though the reality was totally different.
He could have walked off
as far as he wanted…
In what ways are the stories we listened to relevant to teachers/learners?
Use your booklets to answer the questions.
1. How do I see myself as an English teacher?2. What are my beliefs towards teaching and learning?3. Do I concentrate my efforts on any specific skills? Why?
class you taught, and showed it
to another teacher, what do you think
they would say about you as a teacher ?
5. If you watched that video, do
you think you would be able to identify
parts of the lesson where you limited
5.The take-away value
Roars and claps are heard
The old wise saying 'the show
must go on' is important; no matter
what events precede a performance,
the smiles must come out, the lights
must go on and the magic between
the performers and the audience
must be there.
“A teacher can and should advance in professional
expertise and knowledge throughout his or her
career, and such advances do not depend on formal
courses or external input.
You have within your own teaching routine the main
tools for personal progress: your own experience and
your reflections on it, interaction with other teachers
in your institution.
Teacher development takes place when teachers,
working as individuals or in a group, consciously
take advantage of such resources to forward their
own professional learning.”
(Penny UrinA Course in Language Teaching,
Cambridge University Press)
a unique human being with a great learning potential.
Patch Adams – Love is Contagious
ourselves as unique human beings
You are more than you pretend to be
You are more than what most eyes can see
You are more than all your history
Look inside and you will find
There’s glory in your mind
Come be the kind of person you would be!
A Passion for the Possible (1998)
by Jean Houston
You are more than just your name alone
You are more than all that you may own
Look around you everywhere
There’s something that we share
The magic in the air is you!
You are more than the sum of all your parts
You are more inside your heart of hearts
You know that it is true
This being that is you
Has miracles to do
let go of the ropes that prevent us from breaking away
break away(ESCAPE)phrasal verbto leave or to escape from someone who is holding you: He grabbed her, but she managed to break away.
FIGURATIVE One or two of the tourists broke away
from the tour group.
(Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary)
by Kelly Clarkson
Grew up in a small townAnd when the rain would fall downI'd just stare out my windowDreaming of what could beAnd if I'd end up happyI would pray
Trying hard to reach outBut when I tried to speak outFelt like no one could hear meWanted to belong hereBut something felt so wrong hereSo I prayed I could break away
I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to flyI'll do what it takes till I touch the skyAnd I'll make a wishTake a chance, make a changeAnd break awayOut of the darkness and into the sunBut I won't forget all the ones that I loveI'll take a risk, take a chanceMake a changeAnd break away
Wanna feel the warm breezeSleep under a palm treeFeel the rush of the oceanGet on board a fast trainTravel on a jet plane, far away And break away
I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to flyI'll do what it takes till I touch the skyAnd I'll make a wishTake a chance, make a changeAnd break awayOut of the darkness and into the sunBut I won't forget all the ones that I loveGotta take a risk, take a chanceMake a changeAnd break away
Buildings with a hundred floorsSwinging around revolving doorsMaybe I don't know where they'll take me butBut gotta keep moving on, moving onFly away, break away
I'll spread my wingsAnd I'll learn how to flyThough it's not easy to tell you goodbyeI gotta take a riskTake a chance, make a changeAnd break awayOut of the darkness and into the sunBut I won't forget the place I come fromGotta take a risk, take a chance, make a changeAnd break away, break away, break away
Let us all here today see
beyond our challenges
in the classroom and what
we believe our limits are.
Let’s believe we can focus
on possibilities, reach out
for solutions and keep our
minds open for change.
‘ Make a wish Take a chance,
Make a change And break away!’
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