Today was my first day in my new job, teaching children. I know, right? Me, teaching children! But it seemed to go well enough and I’m sure that by the end of the week I’ll be feeling nicely settled in.
To be honest, this week is a bit of a gentle start to things because the kids haven’t gone back to school yet so for whatever reason, quite a few of them aren’t expected to turn up. I’m not sure whether it’s that they’re still away or they just can’t be bothered or their parents aren’t into the term-time routine yet or what. Anyway, I’m not complaining.
The good news for me is that because the classes are designed to fit around the school day, I don’t start work until 3.30pm, and I finish at 8.30 – earlier than my old evening classes used to finish! It certainly gives me plenty of time beforehand to enjoy my day, and plenty of evening too.
Today’s lessons were PET (B1 teenagers), Movers (A1, 8-9 year olds) and PET again. I only had two learners and the FCE (B2) teacher only had three for the first lesson so we combined forces. We played a few games and then did an exercise I’d prepared on kitting out a new flat within a budget (embedding maths, you see, eh?), and by the end of the lesson I was feeling quite comfortable.
Then came the little ‘uns. This was a bit more challenging as it’s not an age-group I’ve done a lot of work with before (other than at summer camp) but the director of studies only had one learner so my group got combined with his. We’d been told that we would be teaching mini-lessons of about 20 minutes so that each teacher just had to prepare one short activity and the kids got to meet all the teachers. As the two of us were in together, we took it in turns to teach and to observe, and although I was pretty nervous, it all seemed to go ok.
Then it was back to PET again. This time I was on my own, but I only had three learners and it was fine. I re-used the activities from the first lesson and the time flew by. They even seemed to enjoy themselves – and were delighted when I said there was no homework this week!
Tomorrow, it’s pretty much the same again… and on Wednesday… and on Thursday… and on Friday (although I only have 2 lessons on Friday). Oh, and I have a conversation class with two adults on Thursday, so that’ll be a bit different! Strangely, although it’s the thing I have most experience of teaching, it’s also the lesson I’m most nervous about now!