Teaching Thoughts

Today I was teaching a grammar lesson about gerunds. At this particular school, grammar classes cover a new grammar topic every day. Teachers rotate so students learn grammar from a variety of teachers.

This method works well except that the schedule is tight. You only have one chance to teach a grammar topic. The next day, a different teacher may be the grammar teacher for that class.

I hate this method. My students had many questions about gerunds and about different ways to say the same thing in similar ways. I don’t get the chance to continue this discussion and explore the grammar with them.

This is one of the problems with private language schools and maybe public schools. I’ve never taught in a public school.  Sometimes the business side takes over the teaching side. If students are interested in a topic, I think schedules should be flexible to allow for additional time.

I sometimes think schools spend too much time following the TOC of a book instead of actually talking with the students, learning their needs, and addressing those needs.

I don’t like the factory-style method. Learning should be exploring, practicing, and using what you learn.


About acohen843

I am a writer and ESL teacher who enjoys the challenge of starting businesses. Currently, I am a JuicePlus distributor (www.acohentakesjuiceplus.com) who is using this business opportunity as the foundation of a social entrepreneurship project.
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2 Responses to Teaching Thoughts

  1. edbooked says:

    For great insight into the real world of public education in America read The Twilight’s Last Gleaming On Public Education. You can read a portion online by contacting the publisher at http://www.Xlibris.com, clicking on their Bookstore link, then Searching by title. The author strives to leave the reader with a sense of time well invested in the reading of this story by presenting an intriguing and socially relevant story which possesses many of the elements commonly found in just about every school system throughout the United States.

  2. acohen843 says:


    Thank you. I’ll make sure the book makes my reading list.

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