Move over David Brent as it seems there’s a new guy in town who can motivate people and unbelievably that person is me! Not my words but those of one of my bosses who, after observing one of my Upper-Intermediate adult classes last week, said that my involvement, motivation and monitoring of students included “good pep talks to motivate…” the students. Surprising praise to be honest and the highlight of his feedback on what I thought was a fairly poor lesson.
The objective of my lesson was about ‘being assertive’ in the name of preferences for deciding on a holiday and the plan was pretty good even if I do say so myself. However, things don’t always go to plan and with certain stages of the lesson going on longer than expected I was thoroughly disappointed to have not got through everything, particularly the grand finale. This was to involve five students doing some free practice of the target language using realia in the form of Europe and Australia English language travel brochures (brought to work in preparation for that unit of the book) to decide in groups what kind of tour they would go on.
Luckily I could do all of that the following week without Big Brother’s evil watching eye but personally I wanted to show what I can do in the pressure cooker environment of an observation lesson.