Tag Archives: young learners

Drama Llama Llama Drama

The reason I don’t update often is because my life is currently as follows: ‘teach, prepare to teach, get some sleep, teach…’ then at the weekend ‘get up and distribute breakfasts, prepare to teach, get some sleep.’

At the risk of sounding whiny, should this not be enough? It takes up the whole day, I need a short nap when I get home so I can continue without falling asleep later, and I’ve had little downtime since I started a month ago.

Turns out, it isn’t. 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 →