This blog post is aimed at people that have never taught in a classroom before. Although it is geared towards teaching ESL for the first time, the same principles could be applied to any first time teachers who’ve never found themselves in a classroom before! If you are a first time English teacher and you haven’t ever taught before, then here is some helpful advice for you.
You will probably have 101 things going through your mind on your first day! You want to make a good impression, you want it to go smoothly, you want yourself and your students to enjoy your class and a whole lot more!
The first thing that you need to do is put all of these thoughts to one side and concentrate on just one thing, your new class. You don’t want to many things going through your mind when you’re teaching, you just want to think about what you’re going to be doing for the duration of your class.
Follow the advice in this blog post and you’ll be well prepared for your very first day of teaching.
Always arrive to your classroom about 15-20 minutes early! This not only gives you an opportunity to get a ‘feel’ for the room that you will be teaching in, but you can also sit down, relax and concentrate on the class ahead.
Prepare your things, make sure you have everything you need for the class and neatly arrange your things so that they are easy to find. You won’t then be fumbling around for something you might need, like your attendance sheet or lesson plan.
Make sure that you have done a lesson plan for your first class so you know exactly what you are going to do and when you are going to do it. Also ensure that you have a backup plan! You might have assigned 30 minutes for an activity that only takes 5 minutes, this will leave you short and you’ll need extra activities to fill up the time.
Make sure that you know your lesson plan inside out before you start and keep the lesson plan on your desk in case you completely draw a blank and haven’t got a clue what your lesson plan is, what’s next or what you need to be doing!
Student Talking Time
Maximise your student talking time in your first lesson for a few reasons. Firstly, if you are nervous it can sometimes easily be heard in your voice. You might speak quickly, you might stutter, you voice might even quiver. If your students are doing most of the talking, it will be easier for you to overcome your nervousness.
Secondly, it’s always a good idea to find out what level of English your students can speak. Write some questions for them to answer.Get them to describe themselves or their family, get them to tell you why they are learning English. If they are beginner students or young learners, keep the questions simple. For example, ask them their name, how old are you, etc.
If you know the standard of English for your students, it’s much easier to plan your second lesson.
Don’t worry about making mistakes. Although you are a teacher now, it doesn’t make you immune from making mistakes. If you do make a mistake, it’s not the end of the world, it’s all part of the learning process. Even though you are teaching, you are still learning at the same time!
From the second you walk into the classroom make sure that you appear confident, even if you are melting away on the inside! Show the students you know exactly what you’re doing. If you act like you have confidence in your abilities, your students will have confidence in you too.
First Day Of Teaching English
These tips should help you through your first day. You will be surprised at how quickly it goes, one hour will seem like 10 minutes! Make sure that you get enough rest the night before and also make sure that you pack your bag the night before, double check that you have everything ready so you are 100% prepared and can arrive early on your first day.
All of us teachers have experienced a first day of teaching and we all handle it differently. If you are worried about it, then these small tips will help you get through it ok.
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