For the teacher who went out drinking on a school night, or has a severe coffee deficiency — here are some tips for using technology and keeping the little ‘ones’ happy in class. I’ve taught in a number of places and countries. From a typical, run-down west London high school, a VIP college in Azerbaijan, a private school in Rome, to a graffiti-covered basement ‘classroom’ in Austria. However, out of the 25 or so countries I have graced with my presence, I have found a universal rule useful in making lessons ‘work’ — whether you’ve spent all night on a plan, or more likely have thought it up in five minutes on your cigarette break. (It’s okay, I know.) The golden rule is — anything visual, audio, or remotely funny, students love you for it. Whoever you are teaching, from future shopkeepers to juvenile jailbirds, anything that makes a student watch but not think too hard will be popular. The ones that want to work will take something away from it, the ones that don’t are at least occupied and not prolonging the mental torture of a particularly brutish class. After all, what does it matter in the educational assembly line of babysitting and daily abuse? Would-be teachers barely have a chance to use their degree knowledge. If a teaching qualification suddenly offers hand-to-hand combat, crowd control methods, sexual counselling and how to attain the holy patience of a saint, I’m all ears. Keep them in class, keep them occupied. That’s what we’re paid for. There… [Read full story]
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