I arrived in Korea a couple of weeks ago and have settled nicely into my new school, however, I'm having trouble teaching the children in my 4-5 years class and the 6-8 years class, too.
I'm only 21 years old myself, so it seems like only yesterday that I left school myself, and now I'm teaching, but it is much tougher than I imagined. My school hasn't really provided me with any reading materials or training to make the days run smoothly.
With the class of 4-5 year olds, I am supposed to be teaching English, yet these are children who don't even have a grasp of their own language yet, so it seems pointless to me. And worst of all, lessons for these children are 50 minutes long! Currently, I will choose a picture storybook and read it to the class. Where possible, I will do actions and make noises to spice it up a bit. To avoid boring the children, I choose books which will take only 10 or so minutes to read. After that, I get them to draw characters from the story and then look at every drawing, writing some english words. The children then copy the words. But even doing this results in boredom and the lesson finishes much to early. What do you suggest?
And my 6 to 8 year old classes are only 30 minutes long. The children in these classes never seem to want to settle down and constantly ask for stickers and presents. They also want to do nothing but play bingo. By the time I get them settled with their storybooks and their workbooks, the lesson is over and I've not achieved anything.
Does anybody have some tips for me?