I hope my readers had a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the New Year. I made a few resolutions for this year which I will save writing about for another blog post. Nevertheless, the first blog post of this month is for the monthly Teacher Interview. The interview is with Adam Simpson who some may notice from Twitter, Facebook or his wonderful blog “Teach Them English“. There is some information about Adam below:
So … let’s start off the year with the very first Teacher Interview for 2013.
- Present at local conferences
- Consider specific aspects of my teaching and how I might develop them
- Interact with my colleagues more with regards sharing ideas about teaching
- Learn new stuff
- Don’t panic and don’t expect too much of yourself. You will go through a learning curve at a fast and frantic pace. Accept the fact that you might give some crap lessons and don’t beat yourself up about it.
- Be honest about your experience and don’t be frightened to say you don’t know. As long as you try to find out, people will understand.
- Treat the learners as humans and respect their rights as individuals. When they have something on their mind(s), discuss it. However, don’t go over the top trying to be friends with them.
- Teach the person and not the book. If they suggest something or ask a question, roll with it. Engaging with people is more important than covering material. Nevertheless, be aware that you still have to work according to the requirements of your employer.
- Don’t make any vows to teach according to a certain ethos or particular method. Remember: you can only really know how a class is going to go when you walk into it. Sometimes people are energetic and motivated, the next day they might not want to do anything: always gauge the class and don’t push on ahead regardless.
- Don’t take indifference or worse personally. It’s almost certainly not aimed at you.
- Enjoy it: this job is great.