Teaching Fifth Graders

31 Oct 2012


I'm not new in teaching. I gave a private English course to a second grader when I was in tenth grade. I also taught a 19 year old boy to prepare for SNMPTN when I was in fourth semester. Not to mention the microteachings I had done for Teaching Media and English Teaching and Learning classes. However, for the English for Teaching Young Learners class I'm taking this semester, I must teach in a real classroom, in a real school, with real students. I'd be lying if I said that it didn't freak me out. I'm really nervous. What if the students don't like me and give me troubles during the class? What if I do something wrong, like pronouncing a word wrong and they end up pronouncing it wrong too? I took Teaching English to Young Learners class last semester, and from that class I can conclude that teaching children is not easy and we have to be very careful. They're still in the phase of immitating and if we do something wrong, they can carry that wrong thing all their life.

This Wednesday, it was Ijal's turn to teach in the fifth grade in Cipaganti Elementary. I myself got the third turn, so I will teach in the next two weeks. Ijal did a very good job, by the way. He could grab the students' attention and kept them excited during the whole lesson (something I'm not sure I could do when it comes my turn to teach them). Ijal used puppets, the "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" song, and Simon Says game. His lesson's focus was on listening, whilst mine would be on reading. Reading; sounds boring huh? A lot of people don't like reading nowadays, especially children. So I have to come up with a really good idea to make the lesson fun and interesting (since they are the keys of teaching children).

Now, now... Do you guys have any idea to help me out?

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  1. How about try to read a picture book? :)

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    1. that's a very good one. but should I read it out loud for them to hear or provide one book for each of them? if I read it out loud, it would be listening and not reading. if I provide one book for each of them, it would be quite costly, wouldn't it?

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  2. I was in the same boat before I changed my major! I've done like 4 different internships in an actual classroom, but coming down to the actual teaching, I got super scared and switched to graphic design!

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    1. believe it or not, I'm actually on the edge of giving up and changing major too. but my parents won't let me do that. besides, I'm (approximately) one year away from graduating, so I guess I'll just try to be more patient. once I get my degree, I don't think I'm going to be a teacher at all. silly, isn't it?

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  3. it such a good idea from dini; try to read a picture book. but no, u shouldnt provide one book for each of them. why dont u give them a copy of some sheets from a book, beside give them one full book?

    sorry for my worst english, anyway. u can be a grammar nazi for me. :P

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  4. or, maybe u can print some pages from online manga like detective conan or something else. good luck, Miss. being a teacher is very fun, believe me ;)

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