I have a very challenging class of about 18 young students. The average age is about 6 years old, and they are beginners.
Here is the problem. I teach the class three times a week for only about 40 minutes each session, with a Chinese-English teacher with me. She is kind of a scatter brain and really not that much help.
The kids are not very well disciplined. And because I am in there for such a short time, I am not expected to whip them into shape or I would. They all have very bad habits, such as leaving their seats, talking to other students, opening their book and looking at any page except the one we’re reading. It’s a challenge to say the least.
The one good thing is, I get to plan the lesson using the book they supplied. However, I find that they are much better without a book. Every time I don’t use it, I teach the grammar point but I just don’t use the book and it’s way better.
Anyway, I would like some advice here on a couple of issues: the first one is, should I approach the Chinese teacher and tell her my concerns (again). Like I said, she is not the best teacher there and doesn’t seem to have much regard for me or for native speakers. She’s a little distant.
Also, how can I control the class in the short time that I have and still teach the lesson? I mean, there’s almost 20 kids in there and they all need to be stimulated so they will listen to me with little or no talking going on.
I have almost two years experience with kids but this class is vexing to say the least. I think the class size and ability are the real issues here.
Any advice would be very helpful.