Here I’m again to tell you about my 3rd erperince, I skip talking about the 2nd one and I will talk about the 2nd one later on.
In the 2nd of July, I started teaching at Direct English Institute. I taught kids for about month and a half. They were divived into 2 levels: Safari 3 and 2. The number of Ss in Safari 3 were just 7 while they were more than 26 in Safari 2. There were 2 different courses for each Safari.
Before starting the courses, we made an open day. It was to let kids enjoy their time and to be familiar with the institute and its stuff.
After meeting lots of kids, I felt happy and worried at the same time. It was because I really wanted to teach them in a different way. Teaching kids were not as easy as I thought. A teacher should keep much more energy to manage the class, explain the lesson, have fun with them and to discipline them corectly.
I used to peep on different sites and blogs and asking different teachers to get a complete idea about what I should do and how I could work successfully with my students.
I was aware about something that NEVER TEACH KIDS WITHOUT LETTING THEM ENJOY. Therefore, I used to make them get the basics vocbularis through songs, games, and crafts. To make it more clear for you, I will add some pictures to let you get the idea that I were talking about..
Teaching kids basic lessons such as family, food, toys and alphabetic vocabularies should be in an Ostensively manner. I did my best to let my kids acquiring such lessons subconsciously. For instance, I asked the kids to bring their toys because I would bring them a surprise. The 2nd day, most of the kids brought their toys and I taught them the meaning of them by showing them each toy and saying its name chorally. Then, we played together.
Another example is when the lesson was about food. Each one spoke about what she liked and what she didn’t. Then, I suggested for them to make sandwiches and distribute them for the whole stuff. They were excited and each one was talking about the sandwich that she would make for the second day.
The second day, each one was ready. They even were suggesting some ideas for reordering the tables of the class and the way they would present their sandwiches for the stuff. I was the 1st one who started and all were imitating me. Whatever I did, I said it in English and asked them to do the same. After we were done with them, we sat together eating and having fun.
Something that each teacher should be aware of it is it REWARDING. When a student did something good, a teacher should reward him to encourage him doing more and more. (I like rewarding and I consider it as a right for the one who deserves.)
Rewarding and encouraging were my friends in this course. I liked rewarding my students and showing them how I’m proud of them and their crafts or activities. I stock them on the wall, took some pictures and telling them that I would show my friend and family. They were so happy of that. They even kept asking me, “What did your family say about my painting, teacher?” I definitely told them they loved it. =)
One of their activity was to draw your friend. They had fun while doing it. They were much more happy when I took some pictures telling them I would share them with all via internet.
By the way, one of them drew me. I was so funny in her painting so that I didn’t add it here. -_-
As the students in need to learn, they needed to have fun, therefore, their were 3 trips for the whole course. Two of them were planned for the purpose of teaching them from the real life. One trip was to the park and another was to the zoo. The students there were provided with the names of things and animals. They were pointing to the thing or animal while saying its name loudly.
Finally, saying goodbye was the end of such a enjoyable course. There was a graduation party for them. he party involved a video for them, then they presented some of what they learnt. After that, each kid took her certificate and her/his present. Eating the cakes and saying goodbye were the end of that day.. ( I will add some Pics for that day later on.)
It was a great experience that brought me lots of things that I was not used to. I had fun and I knew lots of people there. I really enjoyed. =))
A great thanks for the teachers who were and still beside me such as Mr Bob, Mrs Ellen and Teacher Anele. Not only them, but also my friends who kept asking and pushing me up like my twin Yasemin and Nida.