Breaking The Ice - Section Zero!
- Get to know your studentsThis is one of the best parts! Getting to know your students creates teacher rapport and helps the students feel important, which in turn helps them feel more comfortable in this new learning environment with you! For lower level students, this can be as simple as asking them their name, how old they are, and what their favorite color or animals is. Higher level students can enjoy talking about their day with you!
- Props! Props! Props!Many of our teachers cannot recommend the use of props enough. Especially for students that seem more shy, this can help make them laugh! Students love to see what fun things our teachers have to show and tell. Do you have a drawing of Momo you made? Puppets of their favorite animals? There are so many things to choose from, we know you guys will come up with fun props to share! Your students will love it! Many students will find things to show you as well, like their favorite toy. Mind you, props aren't exclusively physical! You can use drawings, too.
- Be yourselfAnother important thing to remember - just be your wonderful self! The students are excited to meet you and learn from you, so show them you’re awesome personalities and excitement to teach. The more engaged you are with the students from the start, the stronger your classes will be.
- Put each students on the screen:One of the most important things you can do before any class is to have each of your students come up onto the screen. You can not only check the audio to make sure it's at the right volume, but you can also verify there are no echoes while asking fun questions. You can even use stickets to spice up portraits and make the students open up a little more. Make sure to click the green 'Individual Only' button on the bottom of the students interface so you can only hear from them to test most effectively.
This article featured the talents and advice of teacher Shelby Gottschalk, one of our favorites. Want to see your contributions in our article? Leave a comment below and we'll get in touch!