I've lately been thinking a lot of the things I knew before I was a teacher and what I've learned since then. This blog coincides with the prompt for this month's Reach To Teach Blog Carnival: "what you've learned in the ESL classroom." (If you'd like to contribute to next month's Blog Carnival contact dean@reachtoteachrecruiting.
· What I knew before I started teaching
o I knew…
§ enough essential English grammar to recognize things that are wrong and why
§ a few ways to settle a classroom
§ some classroom games
§ that I loved teaching
· What you will learn the first few years of teaching
o I know…
§ random details of English grammar (I’ve gotten really good at appositives and random TOEFL grammar)
§ patience. INCREDIBLE amounts of patience.
§ more classroom games and activities (and what games / activities are best suited to a class / lesson)
§ how to break down complicated concepts into simple ideas
§ to quickly identify words and phrases in a text that will be difficult for my students
§ to communicate very well without using words
§ to guess quite accurately what someone is saying (even if it is in a different language) very useful for traveling :D
§ to use random objects in class successfully
§ millions of ways to amuse myself during meetings (analyze the grammar, make your own listening activity, etc.)
§ the internet is an amazing tool with activities,ideas, worksheets, and inspiration everywhere you turn!
§ to not fear the silence after I ask a question. Students are thinking!
· What I hope to learn the next few years or teaching
o I’d like to
§ be more apt at helping students overcome their pronunciation issues.
§ become aware of more uses for my tablet in the classroom
§ become more familiar with the needs of different English assessment tests so I can better prepare my students
§ create more activities where my students are actively working with people from other countries.
§ develop more patience…I am sure I’ll need it.