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The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) published an article on March 18 titled “How to be an English teacher: Stop trying to be all things to everyone.”
The author, Neda Ahmed, is an instructor at the U.S. National Center for Teaching English and is a former English teacher in New York City.
“You don’t want to be in the middle of a city or town where people are trying to teach you all the time,” she wrote.
“If you can’t do that, you have to make the choice to teach in a classroom where you can be comfortable and make the connection that the teacher is your friend.”
Ahmed said she has noticed that many teachers feel like they have to do everything in one room, whether that be a classroom, an office, or a conference room.
“I think there is this sense of, ‘Well, you need to be the center of attention and have to be really good at your job,’ but really there is no such thing,” she said.
“Teachers are really good in their classrooms and their offices and they are really great at making connections, but if you are doing it in a small space, you are not going to connect the dots.”
Ahmed says there is a need to focus on building trust in students, parents, and communities, but there is also a need for teachers to work together.
“That’s what we have to focus and make sure that we are all working together to make sure we are doing the right things in our communities and with our teachers and that we don’t get into this ‘how do I get my students to do this’ mode where we all want to get our students to learn as fast as possible,” she told ABC News.
Ahmed added that teaching English as a second language in a non-English-speaking country is not easy.
“It is challenging,” she added.
“In the United States, we have this idea of what we want our kids to learn and we have a really narrow view of what that should be. “
“We have a sense that English is a foreign language, and we really want it to be as easy as possible to learn English.” “
The NCTE recommends that teachers develop a professional development plan and work to improve communication skills. “
We have a sense that English is a foreign language, and we really want it to be as easy as possible to learn English.”
The NCTE recommends that teachers develop a professional development plan and work to improve communication skills.
“As teachers, we are very, very fortunate to be able to communicate our way through learning, but we need to keep those conversations in English and be open and honest with students and families,” Ahmed said.
In addition to working with parents and students, Ahmed said teachers need to ensure that students understand and appreciate the difference between English and the native language.
In some ways, she said, teaching English is about making sure the students understand that English has a different way of being.
“The way that the students have to relate to the English language is different than how the students relate to their native language,” she explained.
So it is really about understanding the difference and making sure that they are in sync with each other and that they understand the difference.” “
And I think that is really important because when they are studying English, the language of the students is very different from how they are actually learning English.
So it is really about understanding the difference and making sure that they are in sync with each other and that they understand the difference.”
Teachers can help to change their community and culture, and teachers can make a difference Ahmed believes that teachers should be able support and empower the student community to achieve their goals in the classroom.
“When I think of being a teacher, I think about people who are struggling to learn a new language and it is so important that the person who is learning that language is the one who is making that learning possible, because then the learning happens, and that person is a part of the community and they become a part in the community,” she noted.
“They have that support in their classroom, and they have that opportunity in their communities, because if that support and empowerment and opportunity is in place, then the students will feel comfortable in their own classrooms, and then they will be able learn.”
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