Tuesday, October 14, 2008

First Day Jitters

Although I went to bed fairly late last night, I woke up really early today (6:30 am!). I think its because it will be my first day of Teaching English to toddlers (2 of them). The lesson is in the afternoon, but since I was awake and it's probably not a good thing to postpone everything to the very last minute anyway, I spent the first couple hours of this morning doing a little research and creating a lesson plan.

Update: The class went much better than I had thought it would. We almost abandoned the lesson plan- which was definitely the right thing to have done. The two mothers stayed in the room the entire time- a good thing, since the boy, when unable to wrestle a toy from the girl, burst into tears. Twice. The girl was preoccupied with a guitar for most of the first half of the lesson. Nonetheless, they enjoyed the singing and dancing ("Here we go 'round the mulberry bush" was particularly popular) and by the end of class, both had said a few words in English. Who would have thought I'd be working with toddlers, without it being a complete disaster?!

3 comments:

Nixie said...

Usually it Is a disaster - working with toddlers. and with small children:)

teoffy said...

why not?=))
do you still teach them?)

Tista said...

Yes. And today's class was a little close to disaster, actually. The girl has been ill, so she was in a terrible mood and didn't want to do anything at all while the boy cried more quickly than usual. I kept bringing out activities that I had thought would be a hit, and they kept rejecting it. Oh well, I guess that's just the way it is on some days :)