The first day of school teaching English in a Taiwanese high school was a very scary experience for me. These seven tips will help you be successful.
You absolutely have to come to class early your first day. You must find out how to locate all of your necessary supplies. Teachers also want to be given plenty of time to prepare for any glitches.
Prepare English Names
Many times students do not yet have an English name. This could be their first time taking an actual English class. You want to make sure you have a few boys names and a few girls names ready. They will ask you for advice. I find it best to be confident. You may quickly say something like ” You look like a David. David it is.”
Try to look confident in what you are doing. I will never forget watching a whole sea of kids pouring into my room. We were far past the stage of running out of chairs. I could just feel the sweat dripping down my back, my arms, and all over my body. I still tried to do my best to ensure I wasn’t looking surprised.
Role has been taken. Your head is already pounding with the stress of finishing the entire course syllabus in the allotted six weeks. Every ounce of common sense in your body will tell you that you better have them get cracking on their books. That is actually the last thing you want to do. Take a few moments to give them some inspiring words about yourself. Tell them your background. Then, maybe say something like “My friend is a teacher in China. He says those kids are talking English perfectly. Do you want China to beat you?”
Set the Rules
You have said something inspiring and interesting about yourself. You have also given them a reason to get excited about learning this semester. It is a perfect opportunity to start talking about rules and regulations of the class. It is quite difficult to be a disciplinarian when you can’t connect in their own language. I keep mine simple.
Don’t be late!
Do your Homework
Ask the Teacher One Question
Stand each student up. Give them the task to ask you one question about yourself. They are still in the amazement of you. Many of them will ask interesting, and even funny questions. It is a great chance to let them get to know you.
Play a Funny Game
You have just let these kids know rules in a friendly and inspiring way. Now, it is time to use some of your games that are far from serious. Next step is to play a serious game. I normally play a game called “Bananas” on the first day. It is quite simple. Two kids sit in chairs in the front of the class. They must answer all questions with the word bananas. The first kid to laugh is the loser. It gets lots of good laughs when they start asking questions like “Who is your boyfriend?”.
What is the best advice you ever got about teaching in high schools?