Look, mom! I’m a professional!
In honor of the “the way the world sees me” memes that are (kind of still) popular, I present you:
Expectation of working in Paris:
Expectation of teaching English to children:
OMG! Does it stop???
Don’t worry! Between the harsh realities there ARE successes:
So, do I like teaching English to children? Yes.
Is it my favorite age group? Not-uh.
I still prefer college aged students. I relate to them more. *For the most part,* they don’t goof off like the kiddos and they don’t mouth off like the high-schoolers. They sure as hell are able to remember words/vocab better than the adult learners.
Strategies I’ve learned “on the job” with my kiddies:
1. Bribes DO work.
2. Positive reinforcement is nice. (Up top!) Personally I’m disturbed by the French “tough love” approach to teaching.
2. Always let the child think he/she is running the show. Have three lesson plans in mind. (If you’re extra lazy, they can all be the same, but with different names). Let the child choose which exercise he/she wants to do. Works everyyyy time and they go at it with such enthusiasm because they think it was their idea! (fooled you …*nelson style ha ha!*)
3. For the love of god! Laugh! Enjoy yourself! Maybe the kid will too!
4. If you’re losing the child’s attention ♫ Just singggg! Sing a song! ♫ Especially if you’re doing what I like to call “glorified babysitting” aka English only (pays slightly more) babysitting. GB sometimes brings you to the streets! So many dangers! I’ve never seen a child stop more dead in their tracks (and proceed to follow me) than when belting out “It’s raining men! HALLELUJAH! It’s raining men!”