This is hardly something I’m proud of, but then this isn’t all supposed to be about winning gold at the Teaching Olympics (if only such a competition existed…).
I wanted to share it and see if any of you have had similar worries and we can all have some kind of group therapy/wailing session.
Here goes… I’m kind of worried that one of my classes is losing the plot a bit.
Last week, we were looking at an article (student-provided ) by “No Impact Man”. This truly heroic figure decided to spend a year using no electricity (yes, that means no TV… or fridge), water only for washing, buying locally produced food (yep, no Big Macs) – well, you get the picture. He hits criticism from just about everyone from his wife to the media, but still manages to pull it all off.
Great, right? Well, so so, actually. Really, I’m not sure if my class just weren’t in the mood or what, but I felt that they weren’t really hooked.
We read the article together (was this a good idea? I’m never sure) with us all reading a paragraph in turn, we look at difficult vocabulary and I got out of the way while they looked words up and taught each other, but… I think they just got bored. Subjects were changed, L1 speaking started and before I knew it…
So I started to panic a little and reverted to my old ways (before my Dogme conversion) of being Mr Controller, getting everyone to calm down and start speaking in English again and back on track. Fine, but my panic didn’t stop there.
Before next class, I found myself preparing an all-singing-all-dancing lesson, complete with laptop, video, little bits of CELTA-style cut up paper and it WAS a good class, but wasn’t the student-centred Dogme-fest that their course is supposed to be.