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Week 6: This is it!

The last week of practicum was over before I actually realised it and just like my first practicum, I am sad it is all over. During these six weeks, I feel I have learned so much about teaching, myself, lesson content etcetera. Right now, I feel I am ready to be in front of the classroom. Unfortunately, it will take at least another five months before that will happen most likely.  Continue reading “Week 6: This is it!”

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Week 4 & 5: Almost there…

It feels like yesterday since I wrote my last blog. Back then, I was halfway through my practicum. Today, my last week has officially started. The time has flown by so quickly and without any internet access at home, my blogging has not been that up to date.  Continue reading “Week 4 & 5: Almost there…”

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Week 3: Halfway Done!

It is strange to think that I have already spent three weeks at my second practicum school. Time really is flying by. The weekends have become more important to catch up on some sleep too. During the week, I often find myself pounding over my lesson plans and the sun creeping through the curtains at 5:45 is not helping me rest either. Continue reading “Week 3: Halfway Done!”

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Total Physical Response

“I can’t even speak English properly, why would I pass a lesson in Dutch?” is one of the things students say when I tell them I will do a lesson in my first language Dutch. During these lessons, I use the Total Physical Response (TPR) method. This method requires me to give simple commands in Dutch and demonstrate them. Within seconds, I will command students who do not speak a word Dutch to sit down, stand up, change place and turn around in circles. These lessons often result in laughter and students overall are engaged and amazed by their own capability of understanding these commands.  Continue reading “Total Physical Response”

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Change the Classroom

How often have you asked yourself in class, what am I going to use this for? Indeed, just like every other student, we are asking ourselves constantly why am I learning this. Who cares if I don’t know how to use Pythagoras when I want to become a writer? Who cares that I don’t know how to spell when we have autocorrect?  Continue reading “Change the Classroom”