Today Francine has chosen to share with us how she tackles teaching advanced students in the classroom. Read on for some great tips!
Teacher Fran lives in Deerfield Beach, Florida with her husband and two-year-old son. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, a Master’s Degree in Management and has a TESOL certification. She has been teaching with Qkids for nearly 9 months and loves every minute of it!
I have learned so much being a teacher with Qkids over the past 8 months. One of the common things that I find, many students are advanced. It makes classes flow easier when students are advanced but I have seen that many times it hurts with timing. An advanced student can speed through a lesson and then a new teacher is left scrambling to figure out how to fill the time. I have been in that position many times, in the beginning, it freaked me out. But Qkids provides all the tools needed to ensure you can extend a lesson and still make it fun and challenging for the student.
One of the first things you learn is that timing is everything in class. You only have so many slides to fill 25 minutes for 1 on 1 class and 28 minutes for 1 on 2, 3 or 4 classes. During the beginning of the lesson (during introductions) I like to take the time to get to know each student. I will ask them a series of questions:
lHow old are you?
lWhat is your favorite color?
lWhat is your favorite food?
lWhat is your favorite drink?
lIf you could make 1 wish what would it be and why? (Higher levels)
lSince I am from Florida and raised in Orlando, Florida, I will wear my Minnie Mouse ears and I bring up Disney. It is usually a good Ice Breaker.
I also use Shape, Color and Number flash cards to determine what level they are at and to give myself an understanding of the pacing/timing during class.
With advanced students, I will have them identify things in the introduction screen. Ex: "Yoyo, great job! What else do you see in the room? I will have them identify words like, “Couch, door, window, air conditioner, plate, drink” and make sure they are identifying characters as well. The purpose of this is to help spread out time on slides, but it also makes sure that students are remembering foundational words that they learned in the past and I also check for pronunciation.
A common thing that I have found in advanced students is talking fast. Talking fast shows me they are thinking fast and picking up things quickly, but often it leads to mispronouncing words. These are the perfect moments to improve their skills and your own.
With advanced students, they tend to breeze through their vocabulary with ease. Usually leaving a slide that should take 1 minute and 30 seconds to 2 minutes, with nearly an entire minute to spare. When timing is important you have to find ways to make the slide last a little longer, while teaching the student. With advanced students, we go over the spelling of every word. Sometimes even covering the word and having them spell it back. This helps with spelling and also identifying the sound that letters make. This will also help make reading an easier task for the student.
Another trick is to pay attention to the games that students like such as Bingo, Question & Answer, or any game that has the student press “start” and we go back and play it again. This usually makes students happy and it allows for the lesson to sink in, in a fun way!
Lastly, it’s not really a trick but a tip. Don’t be afraid to get to know your students. I love having conversations with advanced students because they are very intelligent and give in-depth and interesting answers to things. During a popular movie/show lesson, I like to ask students, “Why do you like that movie/show?” and you will get such a wide array of answers. Even if you are only teaching a student one time it is nice to get to know them. It enables you to be a better teacher during the entire lesson.
Qkids has taught me so much in such a short time. I am more confident in my teaching abilities in the over 500 classes they have given me the opportunity to teach. I learn the biggest lessons from my amazing students. Being able to be part of their life and helping them learn is such a blessing. I love all of my students and I’m so thankful to work for such an amazing company. Apply to be part of the Qkids fun https://teacher.qkids.net/ref?code=TXTVRX
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