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There are many ways of creating interesting and inspiring lessons at school. But, at any rate, you must be a motivated, enthusiastic and inspired teacher and educationalist to succeed. Sometimes, however, even the best-planned lesson can fail. If such state of “crisis” would occur, it is important to know how to tackle the problem and not to lose hope. It is of great importance to be positive and to look back over the situation, i.e. to reflect over what is missing and what could be improved.

A motivated teacher knows how to tailor-make lessons that inspire all his students. An enthusiastic teacher creates exciting and curious environments for a durable learning. A skillful teacher knows how to get all pupils and participants involved in the school teaching. But to be a diligent and popular teacher does not mean that you go out of the frames of the school plan and overlook the targets of the course. Under no circumstances must you go too far off not having updated sets of standards, by subject and grade level, for easy references!

A good teacher always plans his lessons in advance, because he needs plenty of time to gather supplies, literature and even modern technology necessary for the lessons. But well-planned lessons can sometimes be a bit boring and stereotyped. A combination of planned and spontaneous non-planned lessons would thus be the best way of teaching.

It is important to reflect upon the learning process, because it is rather easy to fall into dreadful pattern-forms and to over-plan school activities. However, some activities require more time for preparation work and common planning time among all level teachers and an efficient collaboration over borders and between work teams at school. When teachers work together they exchange ideas and thoughts and become a part of a bigger coherent framework.

Students are more motivated to learn when they see how the knowledge can be applied outside the school building. For example, if you are teaching a lesson in Swedish for immigrants, do not just stop at the alphabet and the grammar. Talk about everyday situations (how to go to the Post-office, the Bank, the Police-office, the shops and restaurants, the Health Care etc.). Many students come from war-affected regions and have traumatic psycho-social problems that follow them through the whole education. Many of them are analphabets and women. 2/3 of all analphabets in the world are women.

Modern classrooms of today are well furnished with interactive white boards and new computers. If the classroom, however, should lack some modern technology (projectors, laptops, the Internet, scanners), the teacher could always extend the lessons at home. The pupils and the participants can thus complete complimentary lessons on a home or library computer. The library, among other places, is a genial place for a stimulating and long-lasting learning.

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