Hello, my dear colleagues! Today I’d like to present to you my top 5 list of quotes on different aspects of motivation. Can you add some more words of wisdom to it? 1. ‘Always have a book at hand, in the parlor, on the table, for the family; a book of condensed thought and striking anecdote, of sound maxims and truthful apothegms. It will impress on your own mind a thousand valuable suggestions, and teach your children a thousand lessons of truth and duty. Such a book is a casket of jewels for your housebold.’ Tryon Edwards Really, books are full of wisdom.
Recently I began to use English proverbs and idioms as warmers. Before opening our coursebooks I write a proverb on the board and then we discuss what the meaning can be. It's really enjoyable!Then I started to use quotes too. Since my students are beginners I choose them carefully. I try to write famous quotes from Ataturk, Gandhi, Aristotles, Einstein etc. which they know in Turkish very well. For example I write Ataturk's "Peace at home, peace in the world." before the lesson of prepositions of place.
Hi, I want to share one working with my 5th graders. My students work together and they find famous quotes. Their misson is: Finding the quotes, and decorate it! I mean for example they choose famous quotes about music... they find note or treble clef and decorate them in a big board page. So, we hang it on the wall the whole week and talk about it! They can learn extra words fast.
We see and read lots of quotes here and there. How often do we use them in the class? Not often, I guess. But there are many ways that we can integrate them into our teaching. Here are some of them:
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“If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of a teacher's job”. ~Donald D. Quinn
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"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea" Antoine de Saint Exupery