I did not sleep very well last night; there was a terrible thunderstorm around midnight, a chorus of drunks and to top it off, I was feeling a bit apprehensive about today as it was to be my first day in the classroom. Since I had to go to school I had to wear smart clothes – hmmm there is limited choice amongst my trekking gear. Luckily, I have my Indian outfit with me, which the TEFL staff said was suitable.
The morning was spent planning the 45 minute lesson, which is broken into the following:
- Warmer ;
- Context Setting;
- Questions testing the reading;
- Winding up.
At midday we all headed towards the school to meet the children. My student was called Kriti, she was about 10 years old and an absolute sweetie.
I chose Sydney Harbour as the topic of my lesson. To start I played hangman. She was very shy, so it was very hard work. At first she wouldn’t give me any of the letters to the play game. However, as soon as I gave her a couple of letters, she would work out the animal and give me the rest of the letters. Since it was like getting blood out of a stone it took a wee bit longer than I planned :oS
I then set the context. I took with me a drawing of the harbour, with the bridge, the zoo and other native creatures. That section went a lot better. I got her to talk about the scene and she started opening up to me.
For reading I had also written a story about Sydney Harbour describing the bridge, the zoo and its animals, explaining what a marsupial is and finishing with deadly spiders/snakes. Kriti read beautifully, she only had real trouble with marsupial – which is understandable :o) She then went on to answer all my questions.
It was going well until I hit the speaking section and I had to tape Kriti talking for 2 minutes. Again, it was tough going, she became all shy and would hardly speak. :o( I am dreading hearing the recording.
I finished the lesson with a word version of tic tac toe, so it finished on a happy note and I gave her a sticker for her hard work.
I really enjoyed the experience and I think overall the lesson went quite well. I hope Kriti got something out of it too. It is a shame I only get to teach her once, I would really like to teach her more.