My friend whatsapped me, asking on how to start our first class at school. To be honest, I also have no idea. So, I did some research and had some general idea on what we are supposed to do. I expect my first class not to be too strict, nor too lenient. Alya shared based on her readings that we need to do the ice-breaking part at first, and then know your students’ needs and proficiency level. Syikin also planned for an interesting ice-breaking session with her form 5 students. As for me, I remained clueless. Though I’ve made some notes before the semester break, I am still trying to put those list into actions!
My idea is that I’m going to introduce myself, telling my name, my hobbies and interests. I love writing hardcopy and digitally, watching videos (creative and has good information), reading books, articles, magazines, and some news, playing tennis, squash, or walk around the campus, as well as do some crafts if I have the chance to do so. I hope these inspire my students later on. Haha. You need to tell positive things instead of the negatives! (Motivate them, yeah!)
A friend of mine wrote down some of the rules that she had prepared beforehand;
- Do not talk when the teacher is teaching at the front.
- Do not eat in the class.
- Be punctual.
- Submit homework on time.
- Be honest, just raise up your hand if you do not understand.
- Cooperate as the teacher ask students to complete a task.
So far, that’s what I’ve got from her. Thank you unni for sharing your ideas. 🙂 At least I’m not clueless. Sharing is caring. Discuss with your friends what you have to do. Sharing ideas with the senior teachers will help, since they know kids more than you do (“Makan banyak garamlah bak kata orang Melayu kita“). Or maybe ask your seniors. I was clueless just now whether I need to do a lesson plan or not on my first day, so I whatsapped kak Jannah. She told me that we need to prepare one, telling the flow of our activity-so that you have a proper planning. And then, I whatsapped my mentor teacher during my SOP. She said we can do games, like hangman or puzzles. That sounds pretty interesting!
Talking about interacting with students, I’ve created my own Facebook account, just for the purpose of keeping in touch with students, and let them express their opinions via social network. I know, some people might think that sounds silly, but I stalked an ETA (English Teacher Assistant), Miss Julia’s Facebook. Most students from SMK Seri Dungun (which mostly are hardly to speak in English), wrote comments in English as much as they want! They asked, and gave opinions without thinking about somebody might laughed at them. It’s like you’re wearing a mask, and ‘speak’ confidently. Or if you prefer to stay with an old account, you may create a specific page for your class! 😉 No problem!
*Take a deep breath, and release*
Okay. I’ll be having a period of class with form 4 Shatir by tomorrow morning. I’ll have the ice-breaking session, and will be touching on literature a bit, just to trigger my students to start READING on their own. So here’s my own plan (or flow);
- Teacher enters the class. Teacher introduces herself to the students (telling about her name, what students should call her, and what she likes to do- to inspire students).
- Teacher informs students her rules. That could be anything, based on the objectives that you want to achieve by the end of the year. As for me, I want to reinforce reading culture among my students. So, every day, we will be having a sharing moment by students before the lesson starts. I want them to speak up, and let’s see how this works. Hmmm…
- Students introduces themselves to the teacher, telling their names, where they live, and their hobby. (In addition, do they like learning English language, and why?)-A quick introduction!
- Teacher asks students what they have learned before, and books that they have for learning purpose with the previous teacher.
- Introducing the short drama: Teacher writes down ‘The Robbery’ at the whiteboard, asking students questions on:
- What the play is all about?
- Where do you think the robbery would take place?
- Do you think it would be successful?
The teacher ends the lesson by asking the students to complete the reading of the short play on their own.
My own rules
- Interact in English (since school is the only place for students to maximize the usage of English).
- Each lesson, a person has to share something based on his/ her own reading (or anything that they like) briefly.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes (since mistakes are made to be learned).
- Ask if you do not understand. (Honesty is the best policy!)
- Think BIG! (You can do more!)
I hope everything goes well & smoothly until the end of my practicum.
To my dear colleagues, if you’re in the same boat as I am, you may refer to these blogs as our references: