When I first heard about change management system, I thought it related only to business in economy and the things like that. However, sometimes we notice that one thing used in one sphere can also be useful if we apply it to the other one. The example is Change Management in Education.

After power point slide show on Change Management, I noticed that we can borrow the way this management works. Many people are wrong when they associate management with business only, because it exists everywhere, but called a bit different or sometimes not called at all for people don’t know what it is. In the classroom, we can call it classroom management, at home – family management, etc. However, we need it, mostly, in workplaces.

It is impossible to establish one rule and follow it for the rest of the life. Due to the development, changes occur and occur. Modern and well-educated people accept these changes easily and adapt to them very quick. The situation becomes difficult with older people, in our case – with older teachers. Their mind cannot and, sometimes, won’t accept anything new and totally unknown for them. That’s why our old teachers find it easy to reject all the changes in the classroom. Certainly, even some young teachers are not ready for the changes. It is where we need change management. As you know, changes break the order of the old things: they damage the balance between control, confidence, competence and comfort. Old methods instead of old ones cannot control the organization of the lessons any more, as a result, an old-method-using teacher loses confidence in the lessons, which will lead to the incompetence in the classroom, especially, in the modern classroom. All these changes will take such a person out of her/his comfort zone. I, as a young teacher, would rather put efforts to learn new things rather than to stick to the old methods and suffer afterwards.

What I want to say is there are still some people, even some of my groupmates, who say all old teachers don’t accept changes in methodology. To me, it is more like a stereotype today than a real truth. Yes, there are teachers, who don’t accept changes, but what is their origin? Villages and remote areas. In cities, it is vice versa. Let’s take NIS as an example, the teachers are open to new things, they are ready to learn from young generation. As for the village teachers, they need a person, who will explain them that it is not so hard if they listen to. It is where we need a change management system.

City school teachers have already time, information and involvement (according to the slide) to adapt to the change successfully. The question is if village school teachers have enough information and involvement. Even key points of the change management:

  • People need time to adjust and adapt
  • Negativity is part of the process
  • Timing is based on each individual
  • Anticipate and plan for stakeholder reactions
  • Listen to the resistors
  • It’s not about you, don’t take it personally

mostly, refer again to info lacking teachers. It sounds to me ridiculous when one of my groupmates say that the problem is still in old teachers. Don’t they notice it having practice/work at school? Or does NIS have only young teachers not to think about?

City teachers are more informed and they need only to be taught to control the changes occurring themselves. As for the village teachers, they should be learned not to reject the changes, but accept first. That is the most important for Kazakh society.

Change management needs to each individual, because changes in the society mean changes in each person’s behavior. After graduation from school, I went to the city, I made some changes in my behavior. Then I moved to Astana, I made some changes in my behavior. Later I will work in Astana school, and I will make some changes accordingly. The challenge for me will be not the changes, but rather the way I adapt and adjust to those changes.

Change is a progress. Everyone should accept it in the heart.

As I have said before if you are a devoted teacher information resources will come to you themselves. It is what that happens in our PDP classes. As we have experienced guests, they try want to help us with our lessons. They always share what they do with us and are always open to help with computer devices. And it is very helpful I should admit.

Moreover Our guests are willing to help us in solving teaching problems. For instance, yesterday we had Chad as a guest speaker. Chad gave us so much information about teaching, languages and the way dealing with the problems. Yesterday he supplied us with more useful URLs and videos. I have watched and observed all his links and found them useful. Especially, the videos in youtube.com can be very useful for primary school teachers. Those videos introduce us with real-english.com and help to use their videos in English lessons. I watched the videos on introducing yourself and others and spelling the names, on Present Prefect Tense. Teachers can either show them to the students or make them listen to them. Of course, Chad, as a modern teacher, helped us to solve our potential problem. The school, where I teach right now, has UserGate on the computers and that’s why we cannot show online videos. To deal with it, Chad showed us a way to download videos. Though I know several ways of downloading videos from the internet, I have never worked with http://zamzar.com/url.  It is not only a means of video downloading, it also converts them into different formats.  The same I can say about MPEG StreamClip, another way of video downloading. Like zamzar.com it has an option to convert into MP4 or FLV. You should only choose what your computer opens.

Also in MPEG Stream Clip you can watch “how to make youtube videos load faster”. I think that Real English videos can also be used to learn English independently. I want to thank my teacher and our guest speakers for contribution to the development of the educational system in Kazakhstan.

When I studied at the institute and didn’t talk so much to foreigners, because there were a few of them. However, I am glad I have Teaching Listening and Speaking lessons at the university I study right now. And usually we have quest speakers invited by our teacher. It helps you to adapt to English that our quests speak. Constancy of such activities influentially improve your language comprehension.

Today we had an American quest, Chad,  who speaks Kazakh very well.  It is clear that Chad is a good teacher. He is modern, positive and open to students’ opinions. It was a pleasure for me to talk to him, he has charisma. When we introduced ourselves, Chad tried to remember our names by heart. After each introduction he pronounced our names, so he could remember us. While getting introduced he had a little chat with us, and during the conversation he called us by our names. That was his way to find a common language with people. Nothing sounds better for a person than his name. Imagine how you get happy when someone knows your name. Your answer will be: “Oh, you remembered me”.
Chad is sociable and you needn’t to try to say something to make him speak. On the contrary, he shared his life experiences with us and tried to get all of us free and comfortable. He didn’t ask to stop him in case we do not understand him. It shows he was sure he will find a way to our flow of ideas. The fact that he has a family of teachers surprised me, it is ok to have a family of engineers, businessmen, lawyers or something like those. I remember how my teacher used to tell me not to choose a profession of a teacher. She was tired of teaching, and it is clear she won’t let her child to be a teacher. Chad’s family is a devoted teacher family and the fact that he moved from his business to teaching can be explained as “a call of blood”.
Earlier I met Chad’s littles and didn’t even think that they might be studying in Kazakh schools. I think the teachers must be happy to have students like Chad’s children. I don’t know whether you experienced it or not, but it is a great pleasure to speak to little Americans. I do really like it. They are so sweet.
However, the most important thing I liked about Chad is the knowledge of Kazakh. His Kazakh is very good, I am saying not as a Kazakh,who is happy to see American speaking my native language, but as a person, who do really appreciate his knowledge. I watched the way he spoke Kazakh, and I admit that his Kazakh is perfect.
In an hour conversation, we felt so easy and relaxed that we didn’t notice the time passed. However, it is the usual thing that happen to us when we have a quest speaker invited.)))
Thanks to Chad for coming. I found out many interesting things from Chad’s talk.  The same day one of my colleagues introduced me with http://www.esl-lab.com. I found there the topic of my interest – study abroad. Randall ESL Cyber is a lab that links you with different useful websites on teaching. You can find what you need for the lesson. Teaching is very important part of the society, and internet is a good way to share your teaching ideas and find more new ones. I wonder how people handle their lessons without internet. They should do everything themselves. They have no internet to help them, no other things to motivate students. In a globalizing world what except a computer can motivate students to learn?! There are many URLs on teaching that we may not know about and I want to ask all teachers to share what we have with each other. I think everyone has noticed that there are a few ( even no) Kazakhstani websites on teaching. Isn’t it another factor to develop through sharing and learning from western teaching that keeps up helping us?!

It is interesting that many Western teachers pay a great attention to Multiple Intelligences. It is rather unusual phenomenon in comparison with Kazakh teachers. I don’t wonder even if there are teachers, who know nothing about these intelligences. I am sure that those, who know, do not take it seriously. After visiting Birmingham Grid for Learning and passing their MI test, I found out following intelligences in myself. My highest score is Intrapersonal, and it means that I am 100% myself smart. Next comes my visual/spatial intelligence, it equals to 25 out of 25. It is, definitely, like me, because sometimes I try to remember a thing or story drawing a picture in my head. It helps me a lot to remember necessary things I don’t want to forget. If I plan to do something, I imagine these tasks in a form of pictures. Sometimes, my one day actions form the whole museum of pictures.

The same happens with numbers: trying to remember one’s mobile phone number or service code numbers, I associate them with something I know well. For instance, I used this technique to remember 622047. I transferred it to the following sentence “Zhulduz is in bus #47”. (Recoding works like this: Zhulduz is my student, who lives in Room 622 and bus#47 is the bus that dorm students use most of all.) That’s why my logical intelligence stands before my interpersonal abilities, which are followed my kinesthetic and linguistic intelligences. The MI test proved again that I am not musical at all, and it is true. I can listen to music and that is only thing I can do with it. The results of MI test satisfied my curiosity about my multiple intelligences and I find them reliable to use in the classroom. It is ok to use it with our students, but it will be more interesting if a teacher tries to define her students’ MI by simple observation in a span of several weeks and later to compare own results with MI results. It is my point, however, I trust, but I always check it.

If you want to define the intelligences you possess follow the link
http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int/questions/choose_lang.cfm

MI test is interesting even for us, adults, and that was the main reason for me to read MI Basics thoroughly. Reading the theory, we meet MI and IQ terms several times. As I have noticed these two terms compete with each other trying to prove importance of only one.
It becomes obvious from “MI theory challenges the notion of IQ in at least three significant ways. MI maintains that: (1) several intelligences are at work, not just one; (2) intelligence is expressed in our performances, products, and ideas, not through a test score; and (3) how the intelligences are expressed is culturally defined.”

MI test is a tool to define our MI, IQ is a tool to measure our MI.
We use different intelligences at a time. Concerning potential isolation, I think that it is impossible to isolate our intelligences from each other, they work well, when they work together. The problem of autism is very essential in MI. Yes, it is true, sometimes we see a boy, who is good at Maths, etc., but he is not so talkative at all. I define it as a process, where some intelligences are actively working, while others keep remaining passive and even come to die. What I like most about MI theory I read is explanation of all eight intelligences we possess. If you take MI test, and define your MI, you can read more about it (them) in the theory. You will ,definitely, get deeper understanding of your abilities after reading MI Basics.

Last week was the most difficult for me for I had full-time work to do at school. The school, where I teach right now, can be really called “the school of XXI century”. I regret I didn’t study there when I was a schoolgirl. Though the school didn’t exist when I was of school age. The thing I like about the school is that it does really motivate teachers to teach, because it is a pleasure to work there. All the school needs from you is your creativity and novelty in lesson organization. So last week was a real examination of my abilities to be called a modern teacher. OR a teacher of XXI century.

As I had mentioned above, last week I had so many English classes that I didn’t even notice how that week passed. I taught 8, 9 and 10th grades. I taught them alone for my teacher went to London with a special course offered to students. That is what I like about the school, you can self develop and share your teaching methods with international teachers and learn something new from them as well. So, my last week at school was like this:

on Monday I felt very scared and afraid to stay with students eye to eye. People say worst is the first, fortunately, my lessons were alright:

on Tuesday the presence of fear didn’t leave me.

on Wednesday the feeling of fear began to vanish, but still I could feel it.

on Thursday my fear was replaced by little sense of confidence.

on Friday my confidence didn’t get higher for I had 6 lessons of English one after one.

on Saturday my confidence was at the peak, but the week was over.))

Looking back now, I realize that teaching is not so bad if you know what you are expected to do. Nowadays, teacher-centered teaching doesn’t give good results as student-centered one. I have understood that a teacher has only one function at school and it is an instructor. A teacher shouldn’t speak more than students do. A teacher shouldn’t act more than students do. A teacher should only give students directions in doing this or that kind of an action. It is useful for both groups of teaching procedure. Simply imagine, what a pleasure it is just to sit and watch students doing everything themselves. I want to say here than giving instructions and examining students’ works shouldn’t be confused with indifferent teacher’s way to handle a lesson in the classroom.

One of the most important things to remember is being honest with your students. Never try to command in the classroom, better listen to their ideas about a definite action. Unmotivated students will cause you more problems than you can imagine. Motivated students will solve all your problems easily. A teacher should motivate students to love her lesson and let the rest of the job done by them. It is easy, but it is not so easy to bring motivation to their hearts. Only after constant efforts you can get a lot out of it. Making the necessary efforts, some teachers can get their screw loose, some can get their blood boiling, others can succeed in it from the first try. Everything is up to a person and his level of wish to succeed. Finally, I want to say to all people, regardless of their profession and passion,  “try and fail, but never fail to try.”

You know I am leading research on the theme of international exchange. Yesterday I presented my first speech called “Are you still here?” The reason I talk and write about international exchange is passion to go abroad, passion to motivate others to do the same.

Recently, I saw a cartoon in Toastmasters journal. It shows a woman of a higher rank giving advice to her employee. She says

“Always start your presentation with a joke, but be careful not to offend anyone! Don’t mention religion, politics, race, money, disease, technology, men, women, children, plants, animals, food.”

So what is he to joke about then? Furniture? Is it the only thing that won’t offend people of different cultures?! The moral of the cartoon is diversity – diversity in international exchange. “Going abroad to study is hard, so is coming back after completing one’s studies”. We used to see only advantages in study abroad experiences, but here I want to draw your attention to the disadvantages students in China have once they go abroad to study. The Chinese students, who have studied abroad, find it difficult to use their knowledge in their home country, because of low incomes in working places, shortage resource funds and excessive everyday pressure. And what is the most interesting thing is that while Kazakhstan is lacking students, who have studied abroad, in China it is even difficult to serve for their Motherland. Isn’t it diversity of policy? Their strategy, in no way, supports students from abroad.

Fortunately, we are happy to have another situation in Kazakhstan. In general, Kazakhstani students go abroad to study because of future perspectives they gain as they come back. In comparison with China, Kazakhstan is open to all students, who wish to study abroad. As soon as they return home, students are given a good job, offered a place to live, and have no restrictions in working places.

Even though all students in our country have opportunity to study abroad, most of them do not make use of the chance. Though the government supports studying abroad through different programs. Only Bolashak scholarship sends thousands of students to oversea countries each year. In addition, there are other programs offered to Kazakhstan by foreign countries. “Why are you still here then?” (Students, who really wish to study abroad.)

If someone tell you that he wants to study abroad, you understand him at once (how?) and ask no questions (why?), because deep in heart you also hope to study abroad. Still there is one thing wrong. We are lazy, we like saying “later”. Sometimes later becomes never. Knowing about this problem, I want to present you my conception that I like calling “Lazy student’s wish to study abroad”. Recently, I was sent a message – introduction to MyUface.

What is myUface?

MyUface helps you get into the best U.S. university, college or certificate program for you. At myUface.com you’ll be able to create an online academic profile and share it with U.S. universities. You can also get advice on applying to U.S. universities, studying in the U.S., preparing for standardized tests, and much more – all from the myUface staff, who have decades of experience getting international students into U.S. universities. Best of all, myUface is absolutely free to use.

International exchange means everyday new things to learn, new ways to look at the world around you. I want to tell you about interesting case as an example of international exchange. Once Japanese Prime-Minister was about to have an official meeting with Bill Clinton. Japanese Prime-Minister just wanted to greet his colleague in English, and let the rest of the work to be done by his translator. He was explained to see “How are you?” and “Me too”. So it is the day of meeting. Here is Bill Clinton. Japanese Prime-Minister asks “WHO are you?” instead “HOW are you?”. Confused Clinton answers “Well, I am .. Hilary’s husband.” What do you think Asian Prime-Minister’s the next answer is? … “Me too.”

So, dear friends, have a chuckle and remember you won’t understand another country better until you live by their rules, until you have a proper foreign experience. Have an international exchange. Study abroad. Go for it right now!

This week I am totally in teaching. I have from two up to five lessons a day. And it seems to be interesting day by day. On the first day of teaching I was afraid, I don’t know what I was afraid of, but I could feel a presence of fear. The next day the half of my fear vanished and I felt myself more comfortable in the classroom compared with the first day. On the third day I began gaining confidence in organization of my lessons. As my supervisor told me I tried to do everything to make students like my lesson. Perhaps, it was good that my teacher went to London and gave me leeway in lesson organization. I am happy there is nobody to control me. Otherwise, as I was taught in the institute I will try to be liked by a teacher first, and then by students. I think the most important thing for a teacher should be her students’ assessment. If they like your lesson, what can be more rewarding? The more I teach students, the more I realize that students are more important for me than any other teachers. If students like your lesson, they will thank you. If teachers like your lesson, they will criticize you. Each time students say “Thank you for the lesson” I feel cheerful and happy.

I remember last week I taught one teacher’s class – the eleventh grade. Again I was afraid, because the eleventh grade students are only 3 years junior me. I thought they won’t treat me seriously, in addition, they knew that I was to teach only one day. Instead I found students to be friendly. I was glad, and when the lesson was over, students asked me whether I would teach them always. I said no. They were disappointed, but I was glad. So in the end one of the boys said “You are always welcome in our class”.

What I like about my students is their English. They speak English well, and it is interesting to handle different activities with them. Whatever task you give them, they accomplish it with a lot of fantasy and fun. Below you can the members of an advertising agency trying to cooperate with a company, that makes shoes. Here students explain their advertisement of trainers to the company.

Later we watched online advertisement and discussed it with each other. Students told about their likes and dislikes to each other.

Today we had adjectives of emotions. First I did drag-and-drop exercise with them, and then we did guess-it activity. By the way, you can go to visualesl.com to find more drag-and-drop exercises.

Here students are guessing what their classmate tries to say.

I think teaching always requires self-education. Students I teach right now are very strong, so I need to have extra activities ready for them in case they have free time. I want my students to be honest with me, because if they won’t understand me, it means that I fail the lesson. Now I am looking forward to find many interesting activities to do in English, so if you have any examples, I will be very glad to try them with my hard-to-crack students.