I currently spend about 6 hours per week preparing and planning my English classes. This is time for which I am not paid, and it’s not strictly necessary, since I teach from books and I have all the material ready to use.
So why do I do it?
Because it makes all the difference in the student’s experience: whether class is fun, interactive, and educational or dry, monotonous, and frustrating.
If I taught straight from the textbook, class would consist of the following cycle repeated five or six times per class, 34 classes per semester:
1. I give instructions
2. Students do the exercise in the book
3. We check our answers
4. I clarify any questions or doubts.
During my prep time I “massage” the book material, usually in the following ways: Read the rest of this entry »