I made my first child cry today. :-(
So it turns out I've been pronouncing his name all wrong and that my pronounciation of it sounds like "gros mots" (which means "swear words") and "all the children laugh"...although to be honest I hadn't even noticed, they laugh a lot more when I drop a flascard! I feel awful...oops...but he seemed quickly reconciled when I just told him how rubbish my French was...Oh dear.... :-(
Oh and if you're interested his name is "Rom-u-ald" but I think I'd thought it was "Rom-auld" and with my dodgy French "r" apparently "gros mots" was what came out!
Otherwise teaching today was much better than yesterday. It's so difficult; classes just have good days and bad days and the same activities can be wonderful with one class and awful with another. But coming out of an awful class you just feel soooo rubbish. Have been doing Weather Forecasts with my big map and an imaginary microphone which has to be passed around and was the one thing which saved me in two classes yesterday and yet today with exactly the same age group it completely flopped, they weren't interested and after like the first go I just took the map back down and told them we were going to do something else and then had to lecture them about concentrating and making an effort. My older classes were great today though...some of the kids do rock and I'm glad because yesterday I would have quite happily never walked into a classroom ever again. I guess you're going to worry a bit like this in your first few months in any job right? Plus I was dead tired yesterday which never helps. Starting new topics Monday and going to make an extra effort to be REALLY well prepared I think I had been getting a bit more laid-back with lesson plans and the kids, somehow, see right through it.