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Silvia Marinova


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How about a VIRTUAL classroom?

What do you imagine as the perfect classroom?
Me and my students were wondering ...
Is it big and full of light?
Is it in the middle of the jungle?
Are there many books in it?
Is there music in it?
What about a VIRTUAL classroom where you study in a virtual environment as if in a video game? Can we learn more from the virtual world than we actually think? Please, share some ideas and opinions ...
Waiting for your replies: Radina, Iliana and Silvia Marinova (teacher) from Sofia, Bulgaria.

Topics: education school

Closing Statement from Silvia Marinova

Thank you all for answering our question! It's been a pleasure answering and reading all the suggestions. :) We learned a lot as well. So you guys were very helpful and gave us some great insights!
A classroom has to be most of all effective and fun for both teachers and students. :)
Have a great time and enjoy the lifetime learning.

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  • Jan 25 2013: It's fantastic, but I was kind of thinking of the opposite.
    How about a class room without any visual aids...?

    Power point and Youtube videos are pretty useful in terms of teaching students.
    But I think they also make students keep relying on them.

    Sometimes it's good for teachers to have 'deficient' moment with their students.
    It helps the students improve their imagination and ultimately, their creativity and the ability to think critically. Besides, students aren’t the only one who benefit from this ‘deficient’ moment. Teachers also get to develop their teaching skills. They get a chance to think about the way to teach their students more efficiently and creatively.

    I love the word, 'despite' :)
    “Despite the fact that we didn't have proper materials for our class…”
    I want to end that sentence with more fruitful outcomes as a teacher :P

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      Jan 30 2013: Are you a teacher as well, Liz? Well, I think every now and then a student and the pedagogs benefit from a class without visual aids. But sometimes I find it real hard in this age of increasing distractions to keep the attention of my students. But once in a while I try to practise it as well. BTW I'd love to have lesson in the warmer seasons in a park or just outside in a garden ... What do you think about that?
      • Jan 30 2013: I think it'd be wonderful.....
        Although I've been hoping that my students and I have lessons in a park or someplace open, it's been almost impossible for us to study outside.

        You may be surprised to know that Korean education system has been real tough...
        Most of the teachers here try hard to make students disciplined as to learning a subject.

        Believe me, Korean students are good at acing all sorts of tests—including SAT, TOEFL, International Mathematics Olympiad, etc.

        That's because they are trained to analyze all the problems in each question and simplify and organize complex concepts.

        There surely are pros and cons, btw.

        Trying to keep a balance between "training" and "teaching", I've been attempting to make a change in educating them.

        We do use a lot of materials and visual aids thanks to—or should I say, because of?—technology.
        Students love visual aids, right? :)
        But one thing I love about teaching students with no visual aids is once they realize how important it is to focus on what they learn about, they don’t even get distracted.

        They even find it exciting to solve complicated questions.

        I don’t know, Silvia…
        Many pursue making students get high scores on every exam.
        However, I kind of disagree with them.
        Even if my students don’t get to ace all the tests, I aspire to teach them how fun and awesome it is to learn.
        When some of my colleagues tell me I’m being a little unrealistic, then I tell them to take a long term view. Learning should be fun and encouraged no matter what in a way that it helps students realize the value of it.
        Once they get sick and tired of memorizing and solving all those difficult questions, they often get so stressed-out and give up.

        That would be the last thing I want to see.

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