I have an interview at a kindergarden and I need to teach a half hour lesson. I don't know how old or what level the kids will be. Any ideas? I'd like to do something a little more structured than a general what's your name / getting to know you / ice breaker.
Any input gratefully welcomed.
vocab prep list on instruction commands....do some TPR to get 'em outta their seats
"dont touch that!"
"dont drink that!"
Class, can we drink this?
"No we cant!"
Class, can she drink coffee?
"Yes she can!"
do a couple chants at the end to refresh the vocab.
if youre planned down to the minute, 30min is short. if youve underplanned, its the goddamn longest 30 min- with little ones.
you need realia, prepared vocab, and some chanting/short songs to get ready. dont go in there cold, expecting to wow them with your nice hair.
..also teach a lesson that reflects (in lexicon) your understanding of issues for children. the "dangers!" covers that base full stop.
no more than 5 activities, no less than 3. remember you have to teach the directions for a new activity- as they are new. you simply just cant dive right into a new activity, no matter how fun it may be. be VERY careful about this. go through your directions, do they make sense? are they logical? if theres a hint of 'no', then change course dude. bad directions with kids is a nose dive. trust me, ive earned my nose-dive stripes.
unlike an adult class, where youd want to get 'em outta their seat and engaged early....with kids, theyre always engaged (its just a matter of WHAT theyre engaged with!) so use physical activites as a tool- attention breaker.
1. warm up with lexicon (verbs/phrases)
2. relay races for vocab
3. sentence construction
4. TPR (vocab review)
5. dialogue chant
(1st activity in their seats...2nd activity running....3rd activity sentences....4th activity TPR....5th activity singing, leaving them on a pleasant note- even if they dont sing, you will leave there performing- and thus, putting your best efforts forwards- NOT DEPENDANT on their performance)
good luck. let us know how it went.
The first and only time I taught kindergarden, I found chants a great help. Such as the ABC's song. The class I taught didn't even know how to count past ten, so a numbers chant worked for me. You can go to About.com and find a world of help, including lesson plans. Kindergarden kids can be a load of fun, but their attention span, as stfranalum said, is very short. So, keep it simple, fun, and the kids out of their seats.
Good luck with your new venture!
yeah chants are great.
can also be used (with regularity) in opening or closing a lesson. (pre-lesson pronunciation warm-ups OR post-lesson repetition of words and themes)
if asked to provide rationales, give them nonsense about multiple intelligences, and that all of their young ones are special. especially your little boy. how cute he is and a 'good with numbers' kind of english student
In an interview setting, their primary focus will be to see if you have an aptitude and enthusiasm for teaching kids more than anything else.
I wouldn't advise getting into verbs/phrases, pronouns, as frannie has suggested - I think this will likely be way too complicated for most kindergarten settings in Thailand, including international schools.
Keep it supremely simple. Pick an standard kindergarten theme/topic, something that they've probably been taught before and are somewhat familiar with.
For example, "My Body."
You've got plenty of vocab and fun TPR games, song and activities with this topic. You can do a quick preteach activity, such as "everyone touch their head, etc" and then go right into some songs.
"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" is a guaranteed kid-tested classic IMO. Here's a tip: increase the tempo of the song after you sing a couple of verses - kids love that.
There's so many active TPR songs with this topic. Hokey Pokey, If you're happy and you know it...
I know you'll be able to come up with some more if you sit down and think about it.
Another key thing that will show you know what you're doing is rewards. Get a bunch of stickers or a rubber stamp and pad and make sure every kid gets a treat. The kids really dig this kind of thing and you'll come out looking like a rock star.
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I love this, maybe you can sing it.
YouTube - A to Z Phonics TPR
Is minic a bhris béal duine a shrón
It is often that a person's mouth broke his nose.
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Kindergarten. 30 minutes. Never met em. I would go with something you know well.
I use the song 5 little monkeys for this. I do it with sign language too. Kids love it. Does not matter level. But if you don't know it. Don't use it this time.
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree ,
Teasing Mr Alligator you can't catch me ,
Along came Mr Alligator as quiet as can be,
and snap went he.
Four little monkeys sitting in a tree.........................3... 2 ....1
No more monkeys sitting in a tree.
I substitute Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum. for the and snap went he. The kids get to pretend to be alligator and eat their neighbor with their alligator hands.
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you, billy, you must have an answer. dont you have any boxes at home?
"yes we do."
ok ok, so what do you think about volume? dont you put anything in those boxes?
yes what? do you or dont you?
........sometimes an idea os so off base, the only thing to do is start over.
remember this is language class, with kids who can barely speak their native tongue. if you can get them to repeat, regurgitate (in any way)- or even come up with a simple few utterances that are their own, then youre victorious mate.
NO OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS.
5 little monkeys jumping on a bed
1 fell off and bumped his head.
mother rang the doctor the doctor said
no more monkeys jumping on the bed
4 little monkeys .........................
Funniest song ever.
Kindergarden for me is about visuals
buy some baloons and teach them the colors. Arm yourself with sticker rewards. buy a puppet dog from Lotus and use it to ask them all their names. Good luck.
First, it's 'kindergarten' not 'kindergarden' it's a loan word from German.
Second, the puppet thing is a great idea. Give it a name and personality. Let them hold it as a special treat for good behaviour. You won't be wanting them 'out of their seats' unless it's to sit them on the floor in front of you for a story. You'll have a hard enough time keeping them IN their seats unless you're very organised! Kinders are usually 5 years old, so if any of them need to go 'hong nam' for God's sake let 'em! And let them take a friend for security's sake. Have plenty of storybooks, Dr Seuss is usually good. Have some group games and maybe some handouts where they colour in and learn vocab at the same time, such as "colour the apple red and the house yellow, and the dinosaur pink" etc...
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