Teaching is Learning – You probably already knew that!!
This year, I have worked with the curriculum the school is using for their English courses, published by Kid Castle. For every unit, I do a lesson using the new conversation which includes new vocabulary, and another lesson using the phonics phocus (oops) – focus.
I have also been teaching an English class on Mondays and on some weekends using the Creation story for my theme. The students in the evening class are at a beginning level of English acquisition, while the weekend class has a wide range of language ability. I have been learning as I teach the class – whether there is too much to try to accomplish, or whether the objectives are accessible for my students.
As I am developing the lessons, my goal is to provide new information, as well as usable sentence patterns to help them progress in their language acquisition. Using the patterns from the language curriculum, I have tried to include sentence patterns in each lesson with the new vocabulary, so there is repetition that the students can understand. If my students can not accomplish the desired task, my teaching is useless – - or at least not very effective.
So, this year, I’m learning more as I teach. New classrooms provide new opportunities because there are new students to teach. In this situation, there are so many new things for me to learn. Sometimes I feel like I’m new at this task of teaching my language.
Here are some pictures of my Monday night class – showing off their assignments. The lesson was on jobs – and I gave them a job. They had a piece of paper, and the job was to make it fly. Then, of course, we had to measure the flight capacity!!
I want to encourage you, as a teacher, to keep on learning. There is always something where we can improve. I hope I never stop learning!!
P.S. I wrote this quite a while ago, and thought I had posted it, only to find it in my drafts. So, here are some ‘old’ thoughts.