i thought it was a troll too. don't know.
Hi everyone, thanks for your great comments. My post is not a troll. I have problems in the classroom and it's genuinely getting me down. I did a CELTA in Bangkok before starting, maybe I would have been better prepared with a TEFL? Some people on this thread advise me to have more fun, but I think there's already too much fun in my classes. The kids only wants to sing and play games (apart the mathayoms who are far too cool to do anything!). I'm worried that I don't deliver enough language for them to progress.
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved with toast.
One of them, however, is opening a can of corned beef with that stupid key. This cannot easily be done at the best of times, and toast is of surprisingly little use in resolving the issue.
Sweet Jesus! You have a Celta, really?
Are you really telling us your Celta in no way helped you at all to go into a classroom and have a rough idea as what to do?
Please tell me where you did it because after reading your posts, I know where not to recommend.
It's so bad I don't know where to start.
Good luck, OP. Genuinely.
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Well a CELTA is for teaching adults, not for keeping rowdy children under control. It sounds like the problem could be a lack of authority and poor crowd control skills rather than a lack of teaching knowlege.
I don't see the problem as anything to do with CELTA. Maybe OP should Google classroom management and read a couple of the 100,000 hits that present themselves.
Some pointers for classroom management...
1) Set up some sort of reward system (either in teams or individually, depending on the class). Hand out points sparingly, but consistently... if yesterday you gave a sticker/star to the sweet angelic girl at the front for answering completing her work, tomorrow you must also give one to the fuck-head at the back, if he completes his work.
Give praise for noticable effort rather than content. If one student has been studying at home since he was 3, and speaks great English, he will only get a point when he makes an effort (he produces some language that is new to him, for example)... On the flip side, it may be that a kid should get a point for saying... "today me like go sakoon". This is a tricky one; on 1 side you don't want the kids whose English is already good to become resentful of you, or the other kids... at the same time you don't want to be just praising this one kid who knows it all.
I don't really use any punishments, apart from briefly having a student sit on a chair, just outside the circle... It is not really a punishment, but I do it sometimes when they are being distracting. They know it is only for a few minutes and they generally are quiet after that. If you are going to use any sort of punishment then you MUST be consistant with it.
If you say you are going to do something, do it... don't hand out empty threats or empty promises.
don't lose your cool.. if you do lose your cool then try to laugh it off as quickly as possible.
Don't let them think they have got to you! NEVER plead with them or appeal to their better nature. If they are doing something you don't like, turn it around on them. Laugh at them,... Get their friends to laugh at them... turn it into a joke.
Remember that most of the things they are doing "wrong" is really not a big deal at all... they are talking, they are not listening, they are laughing at you maybe... fuck it... its not that bad. So what is jonny didn't do his homework AGAIN... so what if jane won't stop talking. It is not that big a deal.
You could go back to the UK all bitter and twisted, then constantly post of any Thai based forum you can without getting banned, making innuendos about how low on the life ladder TEFL teachers are. You might want to threaten a few posters first via P.M. You could even report your colleagues for working without the correct paperwork. You might try ignoring blatant call outs on your threads, so that your latest version of you gets as much post time before you lose the plot and have a melt down or not post on threads you start.
You could even start your own forum, and constantly bitch and wine about this one.
Of course if this isn't you smeg or someone from another, colder channel, and you are a genuine poster, posting genuine problems, then start with using English correctly. Knowledge of spelling and tenses are a big bonus in a classroom. We all make mistakes, but you Engrish is shocking.
Imagine learning to drive with a driving instructor who keeps crashing the car in which they are teaching you to drive. It would be a tad difficult to have any confidence in them wouldn't it? Now imagine having to learn to drive with said driver, would you participate?
If you are a newbie i think you've found out you're in the wrong job.
Last edited by Classic-Chassis; 9th July 2012 at 17:39.
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