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    Dealing with stress



    If you are feeling stressed, the following suggestions cannot eliminate your stress,
    but may be able to prompt you to some strategies to help you to deal with it.

    1. Donít ignore stress.
    There are no prizes for struggling to the point of collapse: indeed, this is the last thing you should be doing.

    2. Allow yourself to feel anger.
    It isnít surprising that people under stress often feel full of rage, which may not be specifically directed.
    All the same, it is unwise as well as unprofessional to vent your rage on others, especially innocent bystanders who are caught in the crossfire.
    Find ways to let off steam that are not destructive to yourself and others.
    These may include some exercise, a long walk or even smashing a few plates!

    3. Write it out of your system.
    Some people find it very helpful to write about the issues that stress them and make them angry.

    4. Have some fun.
    Think about the things that give you pleasure like ****ing, reading for pleasure, going to concerts or having a day of total sloth.
    Regard these as part of a programme of active stress management rather than as a guilt-inducing interference with your work.

    5. Get a life outside your institution.
    Family and friends still deserve your attention, even if work is very busy. We all need to learn to keep a sense of proportion to our lives.

    6. Take a break.
    Often our panics over time management are caused not usually by how much we have to do but mostly by whether we feel we have sufficient time to do it in.

    7. Prioritize your tasks.
    Do urgent, important things first and do them well, do urgent unimportant things soon, too, but donít spend too much time on them.

    8. Talk about your problems.
    Actually voicing what is stressing you to a colleague, the person you are closest too or even your cat can sometimes improve the situation.
    Bottling it all up through some misplaced sense of fortitude can be dangerous.

    (from 500 TIPS for TESOL, Sue Wharton and Phil Race)


    Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn from him (R. Emerson)

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    Choosing a course book



    If you are asked to choose a course book, here are some guidelines to help you through.

    Topics: do you think the topics will interest your students?
    Will students have something to say about the subjects?

    Aims of students: will the book cater to your studentsí needs?

    Completeness: does the book provide enough explanation and practice of language and skills?
    Is there enough practice of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation?
    Is there enough skills work? Or will you need to supplement?

    Skills: how does the book deal with the four skills?
    Are they all dealt with adequately?
    Does this correspond to the needs of your learners?

    Approach: will it suit your students and your own teaching style?

    Syllabus: is the book pitched at the right level (e.g. not all intermediate books are at the same level)

    Additional materials: what extras accompany the course book?
    Can you get hold of them easily?

    Finally, you have to like the book.

    (GUIDE TO TEACHING ENGLISH by Lucy Pollard)

    Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn from him (R. Emerson)

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    Quotations about Teachers



    I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
    ~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"

    The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth."
    ~Dan Rather

    In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
    ~Jacques Barzun

    Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.
    ~Author Unknown

    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 the classroom teacher's job.
    ~Donald D. Quinn

    Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
    ~John F. Kennedy

    A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
    ~Thomas Carruthers

    Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
    ~Gail Godwin

    The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
    ~Amos Bronson Alcott

    A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism. ~Louis A. Berman

    Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.
    ~Bob Talbert

    The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
    ~William Arthur Ward

    The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
    ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton

    A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.
    ~Author Unknown

    What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
    ~Karl Menninger

    Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts.
    ~Author Unknown

    Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how we use them.
    ~Author Unknown

    Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
    ~Jacques Barzun

    Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
    ~John Cotton Dana

    There are three good reasons to be a teacher - June, July, and August. ~Author Unknown

    A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power.
    ~Thomas Szaz

    To teach is to learn twice.
    ~Joseph Joubert, Pensťes, 1842

    The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning.
    ~Author Unknown

    Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.
    ~Marva Collins

    The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.
    ~Haim G. Ginott

    The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
    ~Mark Van Doren



    Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn from him (R. Emerson)

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    15 Things You'll Never Hear a Teacher Say


    1. "Our principal is soooooooooo smart. No wonder he's in administration!"
    2. "Thank goodness for these evaluations. They keep me focused."
    3. "I'd like to see Red Lobster offer a meal like this!"
    4. "I can't believe I get PAID for this!"
    5. "Here class, just put all your gym shoes in this box next to my desk."
    6. "I bet all the people in our administration really miss teaching!!"
    7. "Gosh, the bathroom smells so fresh and clean!"
    8. "It must be true; the superintendent said so!"
    9. "I think the discipline around here is just a LITTLE too strict!!"
    10. "It's Friday? Already!?"
    11. "I believe schools would run better if only a few more ex-coaches would go into administration."
    12. "This in-service training has just been fabulous."
    13. "I believe the athletics program is underfunded."
    14. "We could raise those test scores if they would just let us teach through July, too."
    15. "Have you noticed that teachers drive better cars than the students?"


    Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn from him (R. Emerson)

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    Are you a Real Teacher?

    If you agree with at least ten of the following, you are a
    real teacher.

    You believe the staff room should be equipped with a Valium salt lick.

    You find humor in other people's stupidity.

    You want to slap the next person who says, "Must be nice to work 8 to 3 and have summers free."

    You believe chocolate is a food group.

    You can tell it's a full moon without ever looking outside.

    You believe "shallow gene pool" should have its own box on the report card.

    You believe that unspeakable evil will befall you if anyone says, "Boy, the kids are sure mellow today."

    When out in public, you feel the urge to snap your fingers at a child.

    You have no time for a life from August through June.

    Putting all "A's" on a report card would make your life SO much easier.

    When you mention vegetables, you are not talking about food.

    You think people should be required to get a government permit before being allowed to reproduce.

    You encourage a parent to check into home schooling.

    You believe no one should be permitted to reproduce without having taught in a middle school for a least five years.

    You can't have children because there isn't any name you can hear that wouldn't elevate your blood pressure.

    You can "sense" gum.

    You think caffeine should be available to staff in IV form.

    Meeting a child's parents instantly answers the question, "Why is this kid like that?"

    Your personal life comes to a screeching halt at report card time.


    Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn from him (R. Emerson)

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    thanks alot
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    Thank y'all , very good job


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