I’ve been very happy at my school. The staff has been welcoming and an excellent example for me to improve my teaching skills and learn from them. The students are generally well-behaved and responsive to my lessons and direction. I feel that I have substantially improved as a teacher this year.
I worked with students aged 5-16 in their supplementary English classes. My tasks were to create mini-lessons for subgroups related to the grammar they were studying in class at that time (teaching them form, function and practicing with them); to introduce new vocabulary from the book; to play vocabulary and grammar related games and to assist the teacher in pronunciation.
Do you have any advice for future CA´s who may be placed in the same location, school or in general?
I would advise them to spend time bonding with the staff and recognize those teachers who they can really learn from. Because I did not study to be a teacher, there’s lots of elements of teaching that I feel I can improve on and better understand, as well as the children’s psychology. I would advise other CAPS assistants to be patient with themselves and their students and do their best to bond with the staff and kids, as it will give them a richer, more gratifying experience.
Here I am below working with sixth graders on a past continuous activity. This photo looks staged, but it’s not, we’re actually smiling while working on this lesson.