Education

Slackin’ slightly.

Firstly guys, thanks so much for your lovely comments and messages of support since I started teaching – they are all greatly appreciated!

Secondly, I apologize for my lack of posts.

I am absolutely exhausted! My lovely friend Helene stayed with me over the weekend before flying home to Lyon, so I had to play host. We spent the day in Winchester having coffee, rummaging through second hand book stores and buying friendship rings, which are gorgeous. Our day ended with a fantastic meal at a local pub in Ringwood, The Railway, which serves the best variety of burgers and pretty delicious wine. Technically, it was supposed to be to celebrate my new job offer, but since then I have turned it down.  Still, it was a lovely day!


The first two days of the week have gone by in a flash! Trying to find a job asap, trying to see my boyfriend despite him working 93248034283 hours a day and sorting out lesson plans. I’m already feeling pressured. Unfortunately, I must admit that my lessons did not go too well today. My intermediate class had covered what I had planned for them, and I wasn’t aware of this, and my elementary class seemed to run riot for no apparent reason. I absolutely love my elementary class, especially as I’ve taught them all for nearly four weeks now, but I swear to God they are giving me grey hair and wrinkles already. Fingers crossed they’ll settle down tomorrow.


Another extremely exciting thing is that the Headmaster wanted someone to run the summer newsletter this week, and as I piped up first, I got the job! It’s just a small student paper, but trying to get other teachers to ask their students to write or draw something for it has proved to be less than straight forward. So far we’ve got book / movie / music reviews and a few excursion reviews… if we’re printing it Thursday I need a hell of a lot more! (Keep your eyes pealed for the outcome…)

Finally, I’m just so desperate to read. Once Saturday rolls around I’ll be having a mega lie-in, staying in my PJs and reading two or three books. I can’t wait!

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Teaching – Feelin’ good on a Wednesday.

Firstly – has anyone seen the South Park episode with the song about Lorde? My boyfriend finds it absolutely hysterical and as he repeats it every few minutes, it’s been stuck in my head for absolutely days. Especially now that it’s Wednesday.

Ya ya ya, I am Lorde (Youtube link here)

Anyway, now that I’ve got that out of my system I thought I’d update you guys once again.

still haven’t heard back from any of my interviews and it’s driving me absolutely insane! I’m going out of my mind not knowing their decisions and can only hope for the best. Of course, I don’t want to leave my boyfriend behind, but at the same time I am so desperate for a change of scenery, a bit of excitement, some adventure.

Today I took on an extra options class at work, which was focused on ‘reading’ at an Upper Intermediate level. Jeez, these guys were good! I love reading, as you may have guessed, but it’s not exactly an easy skill to teach – is it? Thankfully they were a great class and hopefully they got something out of the lesson.

I am absolutely shattered. My brain is shutting down but with some smashed avo on toast and a cup of tea, I’m powering on. I’ve taken on an extra three hours of work tomorrow so I absolutely cannot let the students or my colleague down.

I asked my Intermediate class to write a poem for their homework, after teaching them about onomatopoeia, alliteration and rhyme today. I’m curious as to how they’ll turn out (stay tuned…)

I’d better catch some zzzs. It’s been a long week and it’s only Wednesday.

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I’m a teacher (week 3!)

Wow-o-wow! Where on earth has the past two weeks gone?
Today marks the third Monday that I have been a teacher and I’ve loved (almost) every minute of it!

My lessons today were hilarious – my intermediate class had me speaking Chinese and were asking about my plans after working at BEET. I always find it quite lovely when students talk to you like a normal person, rather than as a teacher whom you shouldn’t talk to.

Once again my elementary class decided they wanted to play teacher, sing karaoke and tell me about their relationship issues (not sure about this one?!) and it was just so good to see them laughing and enjoying the lesson. Don’t worry, we did LOADS of work. Grammar work. and be+verb+ing – they were not impressed, but after blood, sweat and tears, we got there together! I can only hope they remember it tomorrow.

My bus didn’t show up, so I sat in the cold for 45 minutes which turned me into a moody, grumpy old bat and the minute I eventually stepped through my front door I had a message to say my interview time needed changing (for tomorrow morning). I ended up having an hours interview this evening. Boy. I want that job. I wanted it the minute I saw the advert. The second I had my pre-interview. And after that interview, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life. I want that job.  I won’t say anything yet, as I’d rather not jynx my chances of an offer, but I will keep you updated.

It’s past midnight now and I’ve been lesson-planning since 9. My head is so full of interviews and job-related things that I can hardly focus. But I’m determined not to let my lovely students down and therefore I must plan. 

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I’m a teacher (week 2)!

Hey everyone!

I apologize for keeping you in the dark this week – it’s been hectic!

My classes improved drastically and thankfully I wasn’t pulling my hair out over planning every minute of every lesson.

I taught just about every aspect of the language this week, from grammar and vocab to reading, writing, interviewing, complaints and so much more!

I think the most hilarious lesson was related to the topic of dating (from the textbook, not my own choice!) but to my surprise, the students loved it! I printed out a template of a dating profile and asked them to write one for the person sat next to them – it was brilliant and everyone got so involved!

Today, I allowed one of the younger students in my Elementary class to ‘be the teacher’ for two minutes. He quickly realized it wasn’t that easy, but we all enjoyed this brief switch in authority. It was hilarious and definitely sparked some motivation which carried on throughout the entire lesson.

In my ‘optional’ speaking lesson (the students pay to take an extra class over the lunch period) we have been covering the topic of health and fitness this week, and today I had them work in groups to discuss how alcohol, smoking, stress and sleep can affect our health. I can’t believe how well they prepared for a short presentation and everyone put in so much effort. I felt pleased with myself.

What have you guys been teaching this week?
Any advice for a newbie?

xo

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Education

I’m a teacher! (Day 2)

WELL. After yesterday going so well, I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised that my first lesson wasn’t a total success.

Trying to explain auxiliary verbs at intermediate level just didn’t work for me. I don’t know why, I just COULD NOT EXPLAIN THEM. Argh! It must have been so painful to watch. A total disaster. Most of the students in that group are lovely though, but they don’t talk much, so it’s hard to really get an idea of their personalities. 

Hopefully tomorrow or Thursday they’ll come out of their shell a little, and I’ll have gained a little more confidence too. (Fingers crossed!)

My second lesson is with the elementary students and they are such a great bunch – they make such an effort and never stop talking, I love it! Our topic for the day was jobs & work – which was an interesting one but by no means easy! Still, I feel like I am genuinely able to teach efficiently and make a difference to elementary level students. Is that a cop-out? 

My final lesson was an ‘options’ – which is a 45 minute skills lesson, of which mine was A2 Speaking – I chose Retail Therapy! (Who doesn’t love shopping?!) so that went down a storm and we ended with a gap-full/role play on trying on clothes + buying them. 

I loved my last two lessons and can only hope I come to enjoy the intermediate classes just as much.

I have spent 4 hours planning for tomorrow, so I’m hoping it pays off!