Only had cover lessons this week. Which is good. I much prefer substituting than having to work with some of the ‘English’ teachers they employ..You’d think it would be easier having the teacher there, but no, no, no! It’s actually MUCH easier to teach English, only in English (even to 7 year olds) when there is no translator:
1. Some of the English teachers’ English is so bad they can’t understand what I’ve said anyway and translate it wrong. I say “show me a bin,” children point, and the the teacher says “No, she said PEN!” arghhhh be quiet!
2. Other teachers like to butt in half way through my sentence… Me: “Ok children, so how old are you..?” Teacher: “Errr they don’t know this one!” arghhhh they know numbers, they know ‘I’m‘ – if they don’t know it I’m going to teach them it!!!!!! duh!
5. And then last week there was the worst teacher I have ever met! Half way around the room asking them questions with them all still interested, she would butt in..”a play now?” She meant GAME *facepalm*. Me: “ok, what GAME would you suggest?” Teacher: “oh maybe this play or this play la la la Ihavenoideawhatsheissaying!!” Me: “Hmm ok, maybe pictionary to start..I need ONE person to come up to the board.” Teacher: “OK EVERYONE STAND UP!!” Me: “NOOOOOO not everyone!” Why would I want 20 children standing up?????? ONE CHILD.
Another game, where I write numbers all over the board, and two children have to race to circle the number I’ve said. Usually works very well… But there she is, in the middle, writing the scores on the board for me. But not 111111 so we can count them at the end. She writes 1. Then
1 2. Then 2 3. What’s the point in that!!!! The most frustrating day ever. And then I had to work with her the next day as well!
Some teachers are really good though. They’ve prepared their children for my arrival so they’re excited, they’ve taught them well so they know how to answer questions, and they’ve prepared questions to ask me for homework. I even had an 8 year old girl today who knew how to say ‘my favourite animals are…” That was impressive. I usually just get ‘CAT’.
Or if I’m lucky ‘my favourite animal is cat.’