Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Effective Punishment

Teachers are like parents...they shouldn't have favourites, but deep down - they kinda do :) For example, there are certain students who my heart just melts for cause they are soooo cute.

...and then teachers have their "favourite" class *note sarcasm!

Grade 6's are going through some kind of phase... it seems as though they are nearly teens, but not quite there yet. So who knows what's going on in their minds. But I have a 6th grade class on a Tuesday who I have to spend nearly 10 % of my time shussshhing them.

Yesterday, I tried something new. 3 boys continued to talk and ignored my instructions to pay attention. I called them to the front of the class and I sat down at one of the students desks. The rest of the class were confused out of their minds.

"Teach" I told the three boys. If you don't want to listen to me teach, then you teach....

The lesson had only just begun and I had to go and call the homeroom teacher to observe the lesson since my co-teacher wasn't present (and foreign teachers are NOT - under any circumstances allowed to teach without a Korean teacher present). The class thought that having the 3 boys "teach" was hilarious, which I made clear wasn't meant to be funny.

Anyways ... when I got back to the class 60 seconds later with the homeroom teacher, I was flabbergasted to see what I saw. The three boys put the CD-ROM on and had the class listen and repeat the dialogue of the section I was going to teach! And the class was happily chanting along with their "teachers".

Needless to say, I had to go through the "Rules for the English class" yet again :)

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