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teaching kids. any advice??

November 24, 2011

I start my practice part of master studies in an elementary school next week and I’ve been assigned a class full of 11-year-olds! We’re supposed to get a feeling of what it’s like on the other side of the classroom, before we actually get released into the wild (that is-get our masters degree and the Prof. title *grin*). 56663760xdfp9qf

I’ll be honest with you-it scares the cr*p out of me! Those kids have powers, you know. They are like dogs-they can smell fear. They look all cute and fun on the outside, but you know they can see through your every smile and awkward pause, and they register every tiny insecurity, wait for their moment, and then use it against you. Or at least that’s what we did. Well, what goes around…

What if there is absolute mayhem? What if they start yelling (more than usual) jumping up and down and painting on the walls (and I don’t mean the good, “Michelangelo” kind of painting…)? And the mother of all teachers fears: WHAT If THEY ASK ME SOMETHING AND I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER?? Well, not likely, considering they are 11 and just about learning to count to 20, but still… Maybe there is an advanced child in the class!  

Anyway, what kind of advice can you give me??? Anybody out there has any experience with this kind of stuff???

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  1. November 26, 2011 12:19

    I think you’ll find that they love you. I don’t have a ton of experience with the age group you’re teaching, but I did have to intern in elementary classrooms as part of my preparation to teach high school. Elementary kids can be quite generous and patient with an adult they don’t know. They’ll be dying of curiosity about you. That creates a lot of positive energy that you can feed off of. Not everything has to work perfectly or even at all. Once one piece of your lesson has really clicked, you’ll feel great (even if your background anxiety doesn’t subside). Just be willing to give yourself credit for the many successes you’ll have even in a situation that makes you nervous. Also, most everyone feels the way you do in the beginning. You’re in good company!

    • Maja permalink
      November 26, 2011 12:42

      Thank you so much! I already feel a bit more confident, just knowing that every teacher goes though it at some point!

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