1. If my student doesn't understand, it doesn't mean that they are not trying. Some days at the end of class I was more than ready for a break. I wanted to learn the concept, but sometimes I just needed more time to understand.
2. A positive teacher-student relationship is very helpful. I really liked my teacher, so I was more motivated to work hard and try to understand.
3. Context and prior knowledge are really important. When a sentence or word is not in a broader context, I sometimes have no idea what it means.
4. Practice, practice, and more practice is so necessary. I am more fluent than I was eleven weeks ago, but I need lots more practice to get better and build my confidence.
5. The manner in which correction is done makes a big difference. It is necessary to correct, but one teacher I had made me want to quit talking because I was afraid that I was going to make a mistake.
6. Tests can shake a student's confidence. I did not have any tests until my last day, but I was nervous about taking that test. I was afraid I would forget everything and do poorly, disappointing both my teacher and myself. Thankfully, I did well.
7. Build on a student's interests when possible. I like to write, so when I got to write stories and in my journal, it didn't seem like a chore. My speaking practice centered around topics I was interested in. One day my teacher brought in an article about a well known author because she knew I liked to read. All these things helped me stay engaged in the learning process.