Mario, please take your finger out of your nose.
Eduardo, please sit down.
Mario, take your finger out of Giuseppe’s nose.
Eduardo, please sit down!
Maria, stop kissing Daniele, I don’t think he really likes it.
Eduardo, Sit Down!
Mario!!!! Please don’t eat it….
And so began my first lesson teaching a class of seventeen 4 & 5 year olds.
After one hour I was utterly exhausted and needed a stiff grappa to get me through the rest of the day.
I regularly teach English to children aged between 8 and 12, and it is normally great fun, I even have two classes of 6 year olds but the difference between a 6 year old and a 5 year old is astonishing.
In two seconds flat they can close their eyes and fall into a deep slumber right before my eyes….
Claudia, count to ten. 1… 2 …. 3 ….5……6 …..Zzzzzz
Teaching children has certainly changed since I was a chilblain, I vividly remember how adept my teacher was with the use of the ruler on a set of knuckles or how Mr Fearn could silence a class for the whole year by simply slippering one child on the first day of term.
I get a real buzz from teaching children (with the exclusion of children who eat their own bogies).
A couple of weeks ago I was writing a sentence on the blackboard, as I took a quick glance over my shoulder to make sure the kids were behaving I managed to catch a little six year old girl licking the top of her desk!!!
My tummy flipped twice, I looked at her and wagged my finger, she stared at me with big blue eyes and her tongue still hanging out… Bless her
At the moment I am gearing up for our English Summer Camp. Over a period of two weeks 46 children will descend on our house and sleep in two massive tents that have been provided by the local civil protection service.
Last year was our first year and we started off with 29 children over the two weeks…
Hopefully this year the kids will have as much fun.