Evening 26, Thurs 2012-04-26
Today was teaching practice for three of the trainees, but not me. I just observed. Actually, I just did the register, helped new students as they drifted in, ran and got some damp paper when we realised we had nothing to clean the Whiteboard with, found whiteboard markers and other stuff, to help the smooth-running of the class… and observed!
The trainees taught for forty minutes each. We ended up with a class size of sixteen – up from six last week. Consequently no one had prepared enough handouts but that didn’t seem to matter too much. In fact the students seemed to work better together in their little clusters of threes and fours. I usually just pair students in twos so perhaps I should try different cluster sizes.
In the ten minutes before going home, two of us were given directions on what to teach next week. There should have been three of us but one guy has dropped out, or more likely was persuaded to go. That’s the second of the twelve original trainees to leave. The first gave up after just a month. No reason given. It can’t have helped when he didn’t turn up for his first teaching practice. Anyway, the two of us will teach for forty minutes each, and then give the students 40 minutes unassessed something-or-other.