So I finished my first 2 days of actual teaching!
For those of ya JETs who are looking for ideas for high school. This one worked pretty well:
I put together a 25 minute slideshow introduction presentation about myself, my family, chicago, etc...
Instead of talking at the students for the full time I put together 25 numbered short questions and passed them out randomly amongst the students.
Then I told them to read their paper once I called their #....
I would say: Who is #1???? then they would say: "what is chicago famous for???"
I would answer - GOOD QUESTION! THANKS FOR ASKING!!! then show a corresponding slide to answer the question.
I also threw a bunch of funny ones in to get them laughing...
One paper read randomly: "Callie! You are soooo beautiful today!" Then i responded: WHY THANK YOU!!!
They died laughing. (if i heard crickets i would have the person repeat louder until they got the joke. :)
I also had them ask: "Do you have any pets???" (why yes i do!) What is your dogs name??? (gizmo! - showing pictures along the way) Then I threw in for them to say: "Callie - your dog gizmo is so cute!"
Another one was when I was talking about Fukudome being on the Chicago cubs. I put on my Fukudome headband and pretended to play baseball... then the next paper read: "Callie, your fukudome head band is so cool! SUGOI DESU NE!"
I think this got the students to practice speaking English in front of me in a relaxed and fun way...
I also would throw out american candy to the ones who asked or answered any questions I that weren't written down... and i gave a $1 bill to the first person who answered my very first question. they ate that up!!!
Off to my new school tomorrow. Not sure what to expect there! :)