One of the things that came up in the Teacher Training Academy discussion yesterday was that it isn’t really the materials or lesson plans, it’s all those tiny little tricks and techniques that make the difference between a truly awesome lesson, and one where the kids just fall apart.
Sometimes all it takes in one word to make the world of difference.
So …. here is a never before seen video of me teaching a (totally artificial) demo class but complete with real kids.
Obviously this a *very* artificial lesson with teachers and parents and cameras and mixed level kids. But it was part of a 2 day training program where I wanted to show my teachers the key techniques I use to introduce new material in a real class – just like yours:
Normally you’d start at lesson one of the curriculum and work from there, but here I wanted to show you a more advanced lesson, this time for the past tense.
– Started with Good Morning.
– Then into Genki shhhh, to make sure they are under control.
– I need this for the game later, so did Hip Hop Rock, Paper, Scissors.
– Notice that all the English comes from the computer
– Use the mini lesson to teach the song acapella, then the Song
– Plus teaching Rule 1: I can do it!
Then I asked them if they wanted easy or challenge for the next lesson – give them ownership of what we do.
So we started on the past tense “What did you do in the Summer?”
– Ask the kids what they think my favorite sport is – don’t teach the list, we ask them to guess.
– Notice that they don’t yet know all the words in English.
– Pronunciation all comes from the computer.
– Every word ( I, like, went etc.) has a gesture, not just the sport.
– The gesture ideas come from the kids not the teacher.
– Introduce the question in the mini lesson – this also gives the teacher a quick rest.
– Then the song.
This is just the first 15 minutes of the lesson, and I think you’ll agree we did quite a lot. If you’d like to see the rest, let’s see how your homework goes below and I’ll see about added some more. 🙂
There are a lot of techniques there so replay it again and I hope that gives you glimpse into how I teach English.
And remember there are two types of teachers who see this, those that look for the little ideas and think “I can use that!” And then there are those who say “but in my school …” “but with my kids …..” “but in my town….” “but that’s not a real class…..” “but he’s wearing a t-shirt” …….
Don’t make excuses. Make awesome lessons! 🙂
And I’m sure this will bring up tons of questions, so ask away in the comments!
And your homework for today is,
“What new teaching techniques did you pick up on in the video?”
Let me know in the comments and let’s see how we go!
Keep up the great work!
P.S. And remember you don’t have to be this good. I wrote all this stuff. And I’m the teacher trainer. So just pick up a few points, try them out, watch again, pick up a few more and repeat. Before long you’ll have awesome lessons too! 🙂