Presentation on theme: "Survive & Thrive Check-list I Classroom & Teaching Binder Marie Rogge"— Presentation transcript:
Survive & Thrive Check-list I Classroom & Teaching Binder Marie Rogge firstname.lastname@example.org
The scene … Three new EAL instructors who trained together for their TESOL meet at their first P.D. conference. “Hi, how are you guys?” “Great. I love my students, but when I look at their portfolios, I worry that I’m not as good as their last instructor. I’m always questioning if I know what I’m doing.” “Hey, I know what you mean. My colleagues are super. They give me stuff all the time, or I find something from evening class or in the photocopier. I don’t know how many times I’ve tossed my lesson plan.” “Yeah, and then they tell you all these great websites, and I spend more hours prepping than teaching. I love this job, but I don’t have a life.”
EAL instructors should “have a life” too, but the truth is that it is not so simple. With continuous intake, multi-level classes, no set curriculum and a flooded teacher market, the pressure to perform can creep in. Performing at the expense of one’s health, however, will end in no contract. Prepping until your salary works out to less than minimal wage will not earn you brownie points with family or friends. And if you are stressed in the class, your students will start to complain. What to do? I go down my Survive & Thrive check-list, put things in place for the coming year, teach my best and file everything else that comes along for next time. This is my way to “have a life” at my real home. I hope you have one too and feel free to make contact … you are on my list now. My scene …
Self-image Believe in yourself – you got the job! Act the part – even when you’re shaky! Give yourself time – don’t compare!
Classroom Management Use a plan vs. have a plan – keep it simple, but keep it. Authority vs. Authoritarian – there’s always one in the bunch. Empathize vs. Sympathize – transparent only to a point.
Staff Relations Take your breaks – students will wait. Find a mentor – show vs. tell. Share perspective – yours is a fresh one.
Keeping Fit Sleep well Eat healthy Keep smiling Walk/work it out Teach vs. Perform Balance all your priorities
Needs Assessment Theme needs - 3-4 two-three week themes = 10 week term Daily life needs - “real world” tasks CLB level needs - Level 3B is not 4B Settlement phase needs - culture shock or citizenship Class character needs - ethnicity, education, economics, energy, etc.
Theme Plan What themes? class needs assessment; stage/team planning What skills? Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Pronunciation, Grammar, Vocabulary What 9 essential skills? What “real world" tasks? What resources, guests, field trips? What portfolio assessment? (i.e. 5 assessments/skill/10 weeks = 2/week min.)