Louisa, don't think for a moment that this is something new. Every, EVERY teacher has been thru this, more than once. People, even those who have been doing something for some time, don't always perform at their top level everyday, every time.Originally Posted by lzm
I think, [I may be wrong] that as a new teacher you are trying too hard to "teach" your students. Language is best learned by doing. And to learn by doing, what should you do but make the students do.
I have taken young children who have had virtually no exposure to English and had them functioning in English for a particular exercise within 5 minutes.
1. Have a ball for each group of two students or one ball for 4 or 6.
2. Teach by modelling the actions 'bounce/throw/roll'.
3. Expand it to 'Bounce it to me' OR 'Throw it to me' OR 'Roll it to me' OR 'Give it to me'.
After you've modelled enough with a partner, put the students in pairs/fours/sixes and have them practice.
Extend it [at the appropriate time] to include other verbs; 'Hit/Pass it to me'. Extend to other pronouns like 'him/her'.
RULE #1 for teaching new students
IF THEY CAN'T SEE THE LANGUAGE DON'T DO IT; USE ONLY LANGUAGE WHERE THE VISUAL CONNECTION [UNDERSTANDING] CORRELATES TO THE LANGUAGE USED
Don't worry, things will get better. Know clearly in your own mind what you want to do before you go into the classroom , ie. make a lesson plan and stick to it. This is important when you're fighting the new teacher jitters.
Be honest with yourself after the class; "How was that class? How could/can I improve this for next time?" But don't knock yourself unnecessarily.