I have now met all of my classes, and I can say that I have only two that require a significantly larger portion of energy or attention. Now, I’m definitely not at the stage where I can waltz in 5 minutes before class and prep in my head, but I am not nervous to the core anymore each time I walk to a class.
One of the classes that will take an especial focus is my second-oldest class, probably 4th to 6th graders if the grades run like they do in the US. These kids are not particularly rambunctious, and that’s actually part of the problem. They’re a bit apathetic and don’t speak up readily or well. For a class that’s supposed to focus on all aspects of English, this is a pretty big problem. I think the best fix here is figuring out what kind of games and interactions they like and focusing on those so they want to to participate.
The other class is younger, so it’s easier to get them to play games and know you’re not insulting their adolescent pride, but there’s a restless child, a tattletale, and a cheeky-borderline-naughty one. If they aren’t handled, the rest of the class won’t get a proper amount of attention, and that’s not fair, since there are some pretty good students. I have a really good co-teacher/Chinese teacher in this class, so I’ll see what she has to say about those kids in particular and the class in general.
Oh, and remember Poo-poo King? I think it might not just be in fun; I think he’s unpopular and I am not sure what to do. Clue #1: Referred to as Poo-poo King at the start of the second class. Clue #2: Another kid tripped him, very possibly on purpose. Clue #3: Never has a speaking partner, even though he and his deskmate are the easiest and most obvious choice for each other. Something to talk to that CT about, I suppose.
Let me end on a positive note: my Saturday class was a joy, especially considering they were in school on a Saturday. Bravo, C2! There were some excellent participators, especially in the back rows. This is great, because it means they draw my attention to the back of the class and I don’t have to remind myself to do it. Another reason I think I’m going to enjoy this class is that they’re just starting a level, so I’m not jumping in in the middle of a unit. It makes me feel less like a sub and more like a teacher.