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Ignat, A. (2010). Teachers' Satisfaction with Life, Emotional Intelligence and Stress Reactions. Petroleum - Gas University Of Ploiesti Bulletin, Educational Sciences Series, 62(2), pp. 32-41


In this article, author´s intention is to describe the teacher stress reaction and the relation with their life satisfaction. The participants are 103 teachers from different level of education, who had to answer a couple questions in order to observe their level of stress, in order to know what affects them more, environment, lack of material, status or personal factors. In those lines emotional intelligence is the main point for the author because it is considered as a tool for improving the quality of life and people performance within work. During the theory and results show how a teacher can modify their stress explaining the self efficacy which is about the people’s beliefs regarding the required abilities for fulfilling established tasks and for reaching the objectives. The author focuses on personal experience with the stress and how their satisfaction, emotional intelligence, self efficacy affect to prevent the stress reactions. Here, they make a relation of the factors that contribute with the stress, life style and profession.

During the process of learning to teaching English, I usually face to the most common problem which is stress. In this article, I noticed that stress has an importanteffect in my balance with my profession. Also, the author emphasizes the main characteristics of self evaluation; in order to take into consideration the principal personal factors such as self esteem, assertivity, optimism, or self efficacy. All those factors are which against the stress. The good thoughts, and inspiration increase the energy which delete the stress feeling at the moment of giving class or work. I share the author´s idea about that the life satisfaction is an indicator of well being and the activities that people have to do. Also, it mentions that a person with a good balance, in this case a teacher, provides a better class and knowledge to students because the teacher counts with the full positive energy and all knowledge, and teacher is not stopped by the stress, and it is easier to achieve the objectives.

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Sakui, K., & Cowie, N. (2011). The dark side of motivation: teachers´perspectives on "unmotivation". ELT Journal 66(2), pp. 205-213.

Due to teachers´experiences, authors express in this article one of the main problem presented in class, which is motivation. They focus on aspects in order to define why students are unmotivated word which combines the term of demotivation and amotivation to define the reasons for why students do not be motivated. Authors point out some of the main factors that affect students´ motivation such as: personality, attitude, institution system and teacher-student relationship. Also, Sakui reflects in design and find out some strategies that teacher can use in order to influence students´motivation. They focused on the terms that define all the motivation´s meaning, and define the difference between lose motivation and lack of motivation, and distinguish the difference in order to face that in the classroom.

Motivation is always a big issue inside of the classroom, but specially inside of students mind. For that reason, I agree with them in this article because one of the most difficult things about teachers is to motivate students who are not. Examples and explanations of the main factors help to take into account some ideas to help them be motivated, and make them feel better in the class. All of the factors that the authors mention which are:external and internal such as personality, attitude, teacher-students relationship, and system are used for identifying the most appropriate solutions to this problem; however in my personal experience motivation is overriding ingredient for students who are learning a new language. It helps students to continue working and learning languages, and create an appropriate area for learning. When a teacher notices that a student is unmotivated, the teacher has to ask or identify if that problem is because of lack of motivation or loss of motivation. It affects in different ways to students; when lack of motivation is presented in classes, it indicates that the topic or any other factors already explained in this article such as students´personality, attitudes, institution, systems and the teacher-student relationships are not interesting for student. But when they lose motivation; it shows lack of interest in classes, preparation or even the subject from part of the teacher and it is transmitted to students. In this case, is necessary to identify what is the beginning of the students´ unmotivation and try to solve it as a teacher because sometimes that aspects is also the teacher´s responsibility and try to motivated them to continue learning a new language.

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