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Week 13: where do I start?

Negativity is really bad when it affects you in a workplace environment. That said, I don’t think we’re deliberately negative, just affected by the way the people above handle and deliver their comments.

Well, that said.

I got pulled to a different centre today (the one where I started at) to teach a K-level class. Primary English for the K2s, Maths for the K1s. I have to say, being over here actually made me put a pause on the post I’d been working on about children’s creativity. It’s something that I will talk about eventually, just not now, not with homework that needs to be done on the horizon (due Wednesday, goddamnit) and a long day out tomorrow as well.

Anyway!

Today’s experience was eye-opening. It’s also a point of time that marks where I’ve come, because when I started I was given the K class to handle for all of twenty minutes. I failed miserably, and the kids knew my inexperience and took advantage of that, never once listening to me. Today however, I managed to get them to listen, I told them what to do and laid down rules clearly, something that I suppose I’ve learnt over days and weeks of (sorta) teaching and observing, and standing my ground. This comes especially when the kids are used to one teacher doing things in one way and me doing it differently, but eventually I did manage, they did about four pages and understood occupations, at least to the level of what a kindergarten child can.

Maths however, I am terrible at teaching. I am legit terrible at it, and beyond explaining to subtract is to take away x number of units from an existing number I didn’t know how else to explain. I did try asking them to gather number of objects and then remove y number from it, but I don’t know how well that worked. But that said, it turned out quite well, in my opinion at least.

Now with all this said, I have to admit. I have no idea how to deal with the playgroup children. Barring letting them play (how does one play constructive and learning play?) and making sure they don’t run everywhere and disturb everyone, how does one teach them? I can teach the Ks, I can potentially teach the Ns, but I have no idea how to deal with the PG group. It’s frustrating, because I’ve been saddled with the PGs for my current area and I’m always at a loss on how to deal with them. It always ends up fueling a mild frustration that I have to keep tamped down on for the sake of the kids, and me wanting to tear my hair out when I deal with them.

Obviously, I need to figure out what it is exactly that engages the PG group, and tweak for the demographic in the area. This is not going to be easy.

What is, honestly?

Work news aside, concert on Wednesday, book collection on Thursday, and general prop work this weekend. I can do this.

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