Teaching kids: be friends but keep distance

What are your top 5 tips for teaching teenagers?

I've been teaching teenagers one-to-one for over 10 years. Teaching that way means you start becoming friends, even if you try to keep distance.

So my tips would be about teaching one-to-one:

1) Always ask "How are you?" before the lesson. And if the kid says that he or she is not fine, do not ignore it. Listen to him. There might be a problem he cannot share with anyone else. You are a teacher and a psychologist.

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‘Interrogation room’ as an ice breaker

I’d like to share with you a free-speaking activity that can be applied as an anti-Medusa technique. The activity is very flexible. First of all, it can be done either in a group or when teaching one-to-one. Moreover, you can vary it depending on the needs you have by setting up some wh-questions review before or after the activity.

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Coping with ‘the Medusa effect’

When reading a book on psychology I came across the term “The Medusa effect”. Some women (who follow the Athena archetype) have the ability to make the person feel he or she is "turning to stone" and unable to think or speak. This is "an ability to intimidate others and to take away the spontaneity, vitality, and creativity of people" (Jean Shinoda, 101).

Average: 4 (1 vote)

'the verb TO BE problem' solved

A new TV reality show called “Polyglot” is currently being broadcast on Russian television, which promises to help learners break through the language barrier after 16 lessons. 8 episodes have been aired so far. I started watching it as I was willing to find some breakthrough ideas for my classes. There’ve been some drawbacks, which I’ve discussed with my colleagues and family.

Average: 3 (2 votes)

Are the surveys conducted on matters related to education hold true?

 I train students in English Language Communication Skills in an Engineering college. Recently while I was lecturing in my crowded classroom of 60 students, I mentioned the survey conducted by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and NASSCOM (National Association of Software Services Companies) and the results of their survey. Briefing them about the findings of the survey I told them that the survey revealed that only 15 to 25 percent of the students who pass out of Indian universities are fit to be employed as they lack the skills needed to perform efficiently.

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