Tag Archives: elementary

It’s all over when the fat lady sings

I survived! Don’t worry, the lack of posting was an over-tired issue, not anything horrible.

So.  The last eight weeks.  The plan for a new teacher to come in and take over and for me to sit and watch didn’t exactly happen: he came, he taught… and for five weeks out of eight, I taught too.  Yes, I could have just had three weeks off, why couldn’t they have seen it that way? Continue reading →

Week on, week off

As the Karate Kid would say.  Sort of.

My teaching of one kid was actually teaching of two kids.  I’m not sure if the mistake was that they thought it was only one or that he’d said one and should have said two.  Regardless, I didn’t say anything just in case the reaction would have been “what?! Stop immediately!” Continue reading →

When you assume…

Well, you know what they say.  Basically, don’t.

I exaggerate, as today wasn’t a disaster, but I had gone ahead and assumed – and prepared for – X number of students, expecting two to be missing like they usually are, and I ended up with Y number instead.  Which meant a slight running off to photocopy panic. Continue reading →

Tales from the other side of the desk

So.  Today was a day focusing entirely on the little ones.  That’s four hours with an 8 and 10 year old: not just keeping that age focused and teaching them something, but them being that age and not speaking much English.  It’s not as if I could even skive off teaching properly and just get them talking to at least practice the language.

I’m not saying it didn’t go well, I covered at least most of what I planned to.  I just worry that the line between understandably less productive and being too soft was approached or even crossed.  Continue reading →

The Futility of Making Plans

Okay, so that’s a little melodramatic.  To be fair, if I’d made more plans I’d be fine: I made the mistake of assuming they’d be at a certain level and only preparing for that (in my defence, the teacher helping me out didn’t exactly warn me not to.)

And let’s not forget the things you hear about teachers – their workday doesn’t end at 3pm just because the school closes.  You hear about late nights marking or preparing lesson plans, and that’s what I’m already getting to experience – at least this week where I’ve fallen into a loop where I need to keep preparing for the next day.

Then there’s the unpredictability of what’s going to be changed.  No sooner did I realize last night that I could use my old plans after all by modifying them than I was told I’m going to spend tomorrow – and potentially Friday – focusing on the little kids.  That’ll take more than modification.  Sigh. Continue reading →

Success! Well… YMMV.

For those of you who have successfully avoided the time waster known as TV Tropes (Google at your own risk, don’t be surprised if there are a bunch more posts here by the time you get back), YMMV means Your Mileage May Vary.

I’ll gloss over the rocky late start and impromptu timetable change – not due to me, for the record, but way to add to my nervousness – and get to the actual lessons.  Well.  More games than lessons due to a slight panic.

Ready! Not ready.  Ack. Continue reading →