Sunday, December 25, 2011

Gaining Proper Certification to earn a high Teacher Salary

The road to obtaining a teacher salary can be somewhat of a long one. Those who are interested in obtaining licensure and certification should make sure that they understand the process from the beginning. There are several routes available that a person can take to become a teacher. Someone who is interested in receiving a teacher salary can choose to enroll in a state approved teacher preparation program at a college or university.

Admission requirements and the cost can vary. Before choosing a school, thought should be given to which grade levels and subject the prospective student desires to teach. The student can enroll in a program that will allow them to receive a credential to teach early childhood grades, elementary grades, the middle grades, high school grades, or a special subject. Upon graduating from an approved program and passing any mandatory exams, the student can receive a teaching credential. There are also alternative ways for a person to obtain a teacher salary.

If a person wants to teach in an area in which there is a high need, they may be able to get an emergency or temporary license. For example, math and science, and special education are considered high need areas in many geographic locations. People who have been working for a while and are interested in making a career change can follow the procedures set by their state in order to teach. This alternative route to teaching is most often available to people who have obtained bachelor degrees in fields other than education. Each state has their own requirements for getting a teaching certificate. A bachelor’s degree is from an accredited college is a standard requirement.

Passing a state license exam is required in most states as well. There can be additional requirements depending on the subject and grade level that the prospective student would like to teach. For examples, teaching young children will most likely require passing specific classes that would not be required for those who would like to teach high school students and vice versa. It is a good idea for a person interested in obtaining a teacher salary to do their own research to find out what will be involved with them reaching their goal.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Good reasons why teachers don't correct all your mistakes

  1. Class time - If the class is 60 minutes long and the teacher spends 30 minutes correcting student mistakes, that only leaves 30 minutes for speaking, reading, listening, writing, checking homework, setting homework, explaining the new language of the day etc.
  2. Slip ups - Some of the mistakes you make are just because you are tired, thinking about something else, concentrating on different language etc. If so, you already know that language is wrong and the teacher pointing that out to you is not very useful.
  3. Relevance - The mistake you have just made might not be connected to the language in your course, might not be the language you need to reach the next level, or might not be something the other students need to hear about.
  4. Concentration/ distractions - If the teacher corrects you on many different unrelated points of grammar, you will not be able to concentrate fully on the most important ones or on the language point of the day.
  5. Fluency - If the teacher corrects you every time you make a mistake you will always be thinking about mistakes and that will slow down your speaking. Speaking very slowly and correcting yourself all the time will stop you reaching the next level and will make it hard for people to talk to you without getting bored and impatient. It will also slow down your reading and writing speeds, and make it hard for you to listen to people speaking at normal speed.
  6. Expanding your language - If your teacher corrects every mistake, that will also probably make you only use easy language so that you know that it is right. To be ready to go up to the next level, however, you need to be ambitious in your use of language and try to use each new word or new grammar item any time you think it might be possible.
  7. Natural learning style - Many people do not realise that children learn their first language (mother tongue) without much correction. One of the stages they naturally go through is using new grammar they have just learnt too often (I passed, I buyed x, I seed x) for a few weeks or months until the language has been properly learnt. Most teachers and researchers believe that people learning a second language need to go through the same stage with new grammar, and that being corrected a lot at that time does not help students to speak more accurately and may even confuse them more and slow down their progress.
  8. Saving mistakes for later - Your teacher might be saving your mistakes on paper or in their head so that they can do the error correction when you can properly concentrate on it and/ or so that they can choose the most important mistakes to concentrate on in this lesson or future lessons.
  9. Introducing new language instead - If your teacher has to spend lots of time correcting you on a basic grammar point and so can't move on quickly to the next grammar point, that might hold you back from reaching the next level. Most teachers and researchers believe that reaching the point where you don't make mistakes on one grammar point takes time however you study and however often you are corrected, so it is best to move onto another point for a while and then go back and revise rather than keep repeating the same correction until you never make mistakes.
  10. Confidence boosting - One of the most important things you need to speak fluently and keep your motivation to study is confidence in your ability to communicate. If the teacher is always interrupting you and correcting you, it can be easy to become nervous about speaking.
  11. Negative reactions - Even though you know you need correction, it is possible that when your teacher does make a correction you usually look disappointed or even angry. If so, your teacher might be nervous about correcting and not believe that you really want more correction. If you are open to correction and always remember that your teacher is not saying your English is bad, they might correct you more often.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My Teacher, My Hero

In 1983, United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization inaugurated Oct 5 as World Teachers' Day, a day to celebrate teachers and the central role they play in guiding children, youths and adults through the life-long learning process. In the Philippines, The Teacher;s Month Campaign was launched in 2008. Spearheaded by the steering committee composed of the Metrobank Foundation, De La Salle Philippines, Philippine Business for Education, Campaigns Social Response and DepED with the support of some business institutions.It was intended to contribute to the growth and development of the teaching profession in the country as well as publicly express appreciation to mentors.

The Teachers' Month Campaign will be launched once again this year during Metrobanks 47th anniversary celebration on September 4, 2009 designated as the World Teachers' Day. The theme of the 2009 Teachers' Month Campaign is "My Teacher, My Hero". The Teachers's Month Campaign aims to: generate widespread awareness and support for World Teachers' Day; use the occasion to celebrate the unique role and service that teachers play in guiding teacher families, strengthening of communities and building nation; revitalize the image of teaching as a vocation by increasing public awareness on the value of teachers in the Philippine society and national development. articulate the accessibility of a career in teaching by outlining available scholarship grants and school subsidy programs and affirm current and retired Filipino Teachers by coordination with a chain of establishments to provide value added service or discounts for teachers.