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First time teaching kids; any advice?

 
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nickbarrett



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Location: UK/Spain

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:51 am    Post subject: First time teaching kids; any advice? Reply with quote

Hi everyone,
Can anyone offer me any advice for a first class teaching kids? I'm in Spain, have no books and will have individual classes with 6 and 9 year olds to start with.
Medium term, I will use Oxford Ace! books, bt I'd love some ideas for the first class.
Any help greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
Nick
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Sally Olsen



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try to remember what it is like to be 6, 7, 8 or 9.

Keep low. Take a mirror and lean over it - you will shocked at your saggy face but that is what kids see if you are looking down at them, so don't. Have a low chair so you are eye to eye.

Smile a lot.

Look up some games on the Sticky under the Activities and Games forum and the sticky at the top of Elementary Education and ideas from Dave's boards. I like Bingo for the beginners - make up cards or buy them with pictures of things in groups - transportation, animals, etc. Card games are fun too but there are a lot of ideas in the Stickies.

Set up a routine so you do the same things in the same order in every lesson so they get used to you and are comfortable when you add things.
Introductions, weather, date, colours, animals, whatever the book is teaching, game, colouring, or making a story or video. You can use music and songs for any of the sections. Keep activities to 5 minutes and keep changing.

Use your digital camera to make them a picture dictionary with them in the dictionary. They can bring in pictures too.

Lot of stickers and stars for when they do well.

Let them move around as much as possible. Put things to read on the wall so they have to get up, play games that move around, drop things so they have to pick them up and name them.

Don't underestimate children who are small. Don't underestimate what they already know. Lots of kids have watched Disney movies or listened to songs and know quite a bit of English already.

Listen to them and treat them as people with valid ideas and feelings.

Participate as much as possible.

Relax.
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nickbarrett



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:21 am    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Thanks Sally; you've made it sound so easy!
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Sally Olsen



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never but it is fun and rewarding.
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Gromit



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:01 am    Post subject: Make sure you have a lot of varied activities Reply with quote

The best thing would be to prepare a wide range of materials. Don't rely on having just a few activities or games - have plenty of activities that can be amended to suit class various class dynamics and the changing moods of the students.

Have materials that can be easily adapted on-the-fly. It's important to be able to make things challenging if you find the activity is initially too easy. If an activity isn't working then move on.

By having more materials than you need will allow you to occupy students who may finish the primary set tasks faster than others.

There are some very useful hints for teaching young learners on the website www.esltoolbox.com. Their suggestion page is worth a visit.

Try and get a balance of games, speaking activities, drawing and writing.... Yes, even at that age!!

Remember that it is about having fun but don't lose sight of the educational goal

Good luck
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KatrinaB88



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:51 pm    Post subject: teaching kids Reply with quote

Make it fun. Have lots of games, colouring, stories, pictures. Use your first few lessons to get to know them. Role play, questions and answers, treasure hunts, charades, matching games..... Google games for kids and adapt to the classroom, kids this age can't usually sit for long periods of time. Are they complete beginners in English? Coz I guess what you do really depends on the exposure and ability the kids have in English.

Best of luck.
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