sábado, 27 de fevereiro de 2010

My dear diary

I remember when I was in the States in 1999 and I had a great Reading/Writing teacher. So all the students who were taking her classes got a small copybook in the first day of class and we were supposed to write every day in it as if it were a diary. Lynn (that was her name) used to read our diaries and write us very nice and friendly things about them. What a great writing exercise!! Years later I tried to use her idea with some of my groups but it didn't work very well 'cause not every student can realize the importance of writing, and the exercise ended up being done by only some of them. Now I'm thinking about giving my private student this suggestion! Another good idea is to write comments when correcting compositions. I don't mean only commenting on the mistakes but especially on the story that student wanted to tell. It's very nice to feel that your teacher really read what you wrote, and not only read but also wrote something back about it! That's pure motivation! Have a great weekend!

2 comentários:

  1. Yeah, unfortunetly this new generation don't like to write so much. I still like the idea, but I don't think it would fill the blanks in my classes. Private classes like yours are different of my situation at this moment.

    I wish you a wonderful weekend! See ya, Viviane

  2. Hummm..that's true, Vivi...you teach big groups and it would be really difficult. But what about commenting their compositions?
    Great to see you here!!