If you are a teacher of young learners... I mean very young learners, you understand certain challenges that come with that job. It takes a lot of energy, love, and patience to teach a roomful of 4-year-olds, and on today's episode of the More Than English Podcast, you are going to learn THE ART of teaching kids a foreign language. Listen to the episode below or click here for the podcast homepage.
Jessica Yip is today's special guest teaching us the fundamentals of teaching very little kids. She talks to us about:
The main idea...
Make emotional connections with he kids. This is a principle that is consistent in being a good teacher no matter what age you're teaching. This also applies to little kids and babies. Jessica talks about teaching without teaching to make the students learn without realizing it.
Make the students feel powerful
By making the students feel powerful, you are helping them with more then English, you're helping them grow as people. In the episode, you will hear tricks like giving the students freedom and let them choose what they want to do, but within a set of boundaries.
One of the biggest messages from this episode is that positive reinforcement is your best friend. It will help you with class management, teaching your class material, and it will make the students look forward to your class time because you're making them feel BIG.
If you teach or have little ones...do yourself a favor
This episode is so full of great advice for working with kids in general because Jessica's tips are psychology tips for teachers of all ages.
If you teach older kids, teens, or adults, be sure to check out our FREE Lesson Resources that will help you lead dynamic and engaging classes with fun activities that will have your students practice real English.
If you live in Seville, Spain...
Jessica teaches in Seville center. If you're interested in signing up your students to learn from Jessica, visit Centro Norteamericano and find out how to enroll. Tell them Jesse sent you!
Of course, we all know that the first impression is usually the strongest or most important. Sometimes students know us from past years, but each year is a chance to start over and surprise the students with a different slant on your teaching philosophy.
Don't start out the year with classroom rules.
If you're like me, you normally hear at orientations and opening teachers meeting to form your classroom rules in a positive way.
Instead of saying Don't speak your native language
Say Speak Only English
Instead of saying Don't do this and that
Say Respect Everybody
This is very good advice for creating classroom rules and setting a standard in the class. It is essential to phrase any kind of rule or command in a positive way, both for the students' confidence, but also it gives the best results.
But, what if...
... we didn't set class rules on the first day? The students have probably heard something like this every year in several different languages. They probably "know them".
... we focused on creating an environment for them "to practice" these rules that they know.
... we set the example and went first, and showed the students (sometimes undeserved) respect as an example of the behavior we want from them instead of just telling them.
If that sounds interesting...
That's what you'll hear about on the premier episode of the More Than English Podcast Season 2.
Along with talking about the points that are listed above, we will preview what you can expect on this season of the More Than English Podcast. Available anywhere you listen to your podcasts.
Classroom Management System
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