So because you’ve all been so great, another update.
So, my first lesson’s goal was suppose to be Talking on the Phone. Lets just say that the very first class was a disaster. Trust me, if there was a better word for it, I would have chosen it, but there just really isn’t.
I asked the other girls what they had done. Hayley used a worksheet and Brianna used an activity. I really liked Brianna’s activity and wanted to use that but of course when communicating the idea to the English third year teachers, this means grade nine students, the idea got a little muddled possibly because of the language barrier.
In the end, it was decided that we would use both. I edited the worksheet to me calling Batman.
Batman isn’t as well known here though. I suppose I could have used another character, but oh well.
Eventually, after MANY classes, I got the explanation of the phone call down to a rather nice art. Which really means that the teacher just explains everything in English while I look at the class like a deer in the headlights of a rather large and crowded car of starving children. Needless to say, I didn’t always get the reactions I wanted. Really what I wanted looked a little like this:
Now, reality of course is absolutely nothing like this fanciful dream of mine. What I ended up with during the very first lesson was something more like this reaction:
Eventually I got things, through really great team teaching, to an average sort of okay class lesson. It was seriously difficult and nerve wracking. I wish I could have done a better job, but I think it will be just like anything else I ever do. I’m not a natural. Most people aren’t at things. Its like ripping off that band aid. Eventually, it will get easier. I will get better and the children will reap the benefits. At least this is what I keep telling myself! Hahahahaha!
For the record, the kids did seem to have a little fun when they actually listened. Sigh. Now, I’ll just have to hope I get better from here. ^_^
My Halloween lesson went over MUCH better, but that’s because I just introduced Halloween words and then we played a game with them. Everything is much easier when you don’t actually have to teach anything. Hahaha!