Okione wrote this up as a comment, but I figured it deserved its own post.Β Any help, links or advice you could give?Β (I know we do this all the time on the members’ forum, but I think this is the first time we’ve done it on the blog! )
This comment may be a bit out of place, but I am new to the site and not sure where to post it.
I am head teacher at an international pre-school. We teach in English all day 9-3pm, plus after school classes for different ages and levels. It is basically and american style pre-school/ first grade without the nap times, and a strong focus on phonics and grammar. We also are instilling good behavior and manners. I must say that they are extremley well behaved, and speak English phenomenally well. Way above levels I have seen in other schools.
I have been teaching for almost two years now. I love teaching children more than anything in the world, and I love Japan.
I guess my question is I am sometimes having difficulty coming up with new ideas, especially making grammar fun for my 4th graders after school. I have them 45 minutes every Tuesday. I can see that some of them are getting bored, and the girls are at that age where the think its cool to be obnoxious.
I am only 28 years old, so i can remember when I was in school and I did the same things, but my teachers just kind of did not really try to liven the class up. I am doing my best to do it, especially after a full day with 3-6 year olds. I just dont want to lose them. They are following the material, so I know I am teaching it properly. I just want to make it more fun. I am also kicking myself for not being more strict I guess, because two of the girls talk to me rudely and I am always having to single scold them, which is the part of the job that I hate, but it has to be done.
This brings me to my next question or cry for help. What is a good discipline plan to set up? I know they are kids, and they get anxious and want to have fun, which is ok in my book, but the balance sometimes comes un done. More so with my older kids, or the kids that graduate our pre-school and start Japanese school. They are like different people once they start going to their new schools!
I just need guidance I guess and advice from all of you teachers. I love teaching and want to be the best I can. I want the kids to love learning and rememeber what I helped them learn.
Thanks in advance