My name is Wintermute and this is Dumbr, a simple blog of my ongoing experiences in South Korea. I just recently finished Contract Week, if you missed it, go read it. Next we will be discussing Common Classroom Practices. You signed the contract, you met the consulate, you left your family, you ate the airline food, you took a cold shower not knowing how to make the hot water work, and now you are teaching in a classroom for the first time. I can only imagine the plethora of questions and thoughts storming in your head. Where are my shoes? Oh…they really don’t speak English? Hey don’t hit her… no don’t cry…well don’t hit him back. You have to go to the bathroom…Again?!
One thing I noticed and love about Koreans is how they think Americans are magical, like we have some kind of wand that does everything. We all just know exactly what to do in every situation, and while we have the confidence to believe that’s true when you get right down to it we are all just winging it. Teaching in the classroom really is about 60% improve, this week I hope to fill in the other 40% and answer some basic questions you may have on how to deal with your new class.
1. Morning Routine – What is a good way to get my class ready and engaged to start the day off?
2. Discipline - Yelling and screaming at them didn’t work, how do I get them to listen?
3. New Material – What’s a good way to introduce new material to the class?
4. Music/Art – I can’t sing and I’m no artist, can we just have play time instead?
5. Level Gap – Not all of my students are on the same level, what do?
I chose these as they will come up daily, and are needed if you wish to be successful and stay sane. This week will have a much happier tone then the last as I love teaching and soon you will too. This will be a helpful guide for you to turn back to if ever in need of help. So I hope to see you here every day. Please bring your questions with you, and do please spread word of this blog. I will see you tomorrow!