School and nice Friday night

Today’s show wasn’t till the afternoon – great! So I got a bit of time to catch up with a bit of sleep, and write an article about teaching 6th graders. The very Genki ALT in town, Tori, has been doing a great with the kids and in 45 minutes they pretty much nailed all the stuff from the 60 minute show – great! At the end one of the teachers, in English, said “Wow, that was awesome!” Then a seminar in the afternoon. Tori only visits the school a few times a year, so the plan I suggested to the teachers was where they do 3 minutes a day, either in the morning meeting or playing the song at lunchtime or cleaning time. Hopefully then when the ALT does arrive the kids remember at least something of the previous time and instead of spending the time teaching the kids something new the ALT time can be spent doing communicative activities. I actually had a splitting headache today, and after not doing kids shows for 3 months I was feeling well shattered!! The evening was really nice, I had a rest, played around on the guitar for ages, wrote some songs, had a great meal and simply a nice Friday night. I even thought it might be nice to be an ALT again!

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...