Name: Norman Chung Teaching: Oral English to grades 1, 3, and 6.
Education: B.A. Social Sciences, TDLB (D32/D33.) NVQ Qualified Teacher in Information Technology/TEFL
Short Bio: Born in Birmingham, UK. Irish mother, JBC (Jamaican Born Chinese) father. Grandfather born in Guangdong, China. Lived in Jamaica for six years, Canada one year, U.S.A. three years and China eight years and counting. Taught IT in England before coming to China to teach English. Chinese wife and a beautiful four-year old son.
Favorite Teaching Strategy, Philosophy, Researcher, etc..
As we know, students gain knowledge and understanding in a social setting. They interact with peers and teachers through a process of negotiation. They interact with the broader intellectual community through thoughtful reading of texts and journals. Each student starts from an initial base of knowledge and experience. All students work from this point to build a more meaningful understanding of the subject matter and to enhance their ability to ask questions and find answers. They must learn how to deal with new situations with tough problems and unknown answers. Some of the responsibilities for teachers are; help students learn the language of the discipline, be an active listener and learner and act as a resource without directly answering every question. This is the strategy I try to adhere to.
Tell about a successful behavior management strategy you have used in the past that helped engage a pupil or group of pupils.
“Start the way you mean to finish.” I set out the rules in the very first lesson of each class every semester. I ensure the students understand that my classes are not the, “Foreign teacher equals play time!” class. I write “SATB!” on the blackboard. At various times during the lesson (when the students are too noisy, not paying attention or generally misbehaving) I will write over each letter. That means they have five chances. When the exclamation mark is reached, one or more of the misbehaving students has to Stand At The Back of the classroom for several minutes. The students start nudging each other to be quiet as the letters are marked off. Peer pressure is awesome. The “three clap” action (Clap! clap! clap!) used by the Chinese teachers is a good way to get their attention of the younger students. My students know they can have some fun, but if they get too boisterous there are consequences.