|A Long Day Of Mr. James-Teacher - part 5
||[Nov. 28th, 2010|02:37 am]
The after-school sessions were always a problem for me, for several reasons. For one thing, I was teaching alone, and by myself I had no authority at all with the children. The native Korean teachers would administer corporal punishment, but I wouldn't (despite having been given my own hitting stick). I'm not really a natural disciplinarian, so as a result it was very hard to make the kids do anything they didn't want to.
Since the lessons were extra-curricular, I had no set text at all- I just had to make it up. Sometimes an empty brief is the hardest kind to fulfill. My earliest lessons were basically chaos- one time I just spent the whole hour swinging the kids round and round by their arms and legs like human chair-o-planes. Then I had a few high-concept lessons where I tried to take advantage of being able to teach what I liked- 'SARCASM' was a notable bomb-o. I did a couple of Eric Stories especially for the after school lesson, but didn't make it a regular thing- I felt like 3 extra Eric Stories a week would be a little too much. You can read one of the extra Eric Stories here, though. http://harveyjames.livejournal.com/101832.html
Mostly I just ended up creating elaborate wordgames that I hoped would take up the whole hour, like the one you see above. The choco-pie incentive was the only way I could hold their goddamn attention. 'Tongue Twister Mountain' was another interesting failure along the same lines. Players had to make their way up Mount Halla, only the higher you got the tougher monsters you met were, and the monsters could only be defeated by saying tongue twisters apropos to their toughness. The last boss was Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry (I wish I was making that up).
Continues next week.