It takes me almost four hours to shuttle between the school and my home for six-hour-long classes per day, but it is worth all the trouble since the rewarding and fulfilling classes are totally beyond my expectations.
We’ve been given useful and effective classes for two and a half days and we’re supposed to put into practice what we’ve learnt through micro-teaching session. My group, assigned the task of three class activities, is the first group among the five, which is challenging but exciting. We work as a team by dividing the task among group members, discussing thoroughly about what to do and cooperating to carry the mini-tasks out to form the whole picture. Though far from perfect, our class activities do get “the students” motivated and stimulated while bringing fun meanwhile. Besides, the collaboration among the group members bring us joy and warmth, along with a sense of belonging to the group, despite the fact that we’ve known each other only for two days and we come from different places. After the micro-teaching session, we are encouraged by our tutor, Ceri, to reflect on what we’ve done and how we can better it, who also kindly gives us a ton of enlightening suggestions as she usually does during the whole course. With more feedback from our fellow teachers, it is for sure that we’ll get plenty of advice of great value, which can further guide us in our future teaching.
What may linger in my mind forever is that we laugh our head off in a game called “Slap the Board” in the morning, where we slap the correct answer on the wall as primary or even kindergarten students may do. What is surprising is that we do have great fun while reviewing what we’ve learnt in this way. It suddenly occurs to me that “you are never too old to simply have fun”, which happens to be a “quote” from me. As a teacher, I should bring fun to my class and my students since it is definitely possible and significant.
I really love the course from the bottom of my heart.
--- 震泽中学 许雅倩