I have heard a sentence in Vietnamese like this “Everything is never alone”. That may not true for something but I see it is really true for teaching, especially for teaching language. Thus, in this writing, I’d like to share some experiences in using visual aids to support for teaching when I am only a student now, but I will be a teacher in the future.
As you know, we can’t do anything without having any help, so that teaching can so. In the 6th term, we must experience a subject in which we must act as an official teacher to design lesson plans and to teach them before our class, then get feedback from my teacher. There were many things to work but I didn’t know how to do with them at first. In my mind, there is nothing about visual aids, and I think if I am boring, so I am failed in my lesson. However, after observing from my partners and searching on the Internet, I knew I must work with it and control it as my tool. So what is it?
It is not difficult to realize but more really difficult to use effectively. However, with my efforts, I found what I should do then…
- Firstly, learning how to put it in appropriate layout.
Arranging everything in scientific way is very important to attract people, especially children to something. When I sit on my chair, I can easily to overview the board, but you see I will become smaller when standing there and be a focused point by people. I thought about my last teachers and felt regret for sometimes laughing at her when she wrote on. And now, I think about myself if I were her, so what should I do? I must learn how to write and put anything on the board in layout. It is easy for you to write and delete what you don’t like or feel so ugly, but that takes a bad impression for all people who see it. Because the board is a stage, and I play as a main actor. Everyone will look at me and laugh again like I did. That’s embarrassing!
2. Secondly, controlling myself as an actor.
You can sit, stand, or move if you like but that must be suitable and acceptable. Because if you only sit or stand, you are only a statue; on the other hands, if you move a lots without purpose, you are a puppet. The stage is yours, but everything on it depends on you.
3. Thirdly, interacting with teaching aids effectively.
When making plan for a lesson, I think about something that is essential for it such as pictures, real objects, and posters. However, they seemed to be useless when I did, because I didn’t know how to combine them and show on the board. This is a big problem for a teacher. It is necessary to use pictures, real objects, posters or songs in teaching language for children, but teachers need to know how to use them in right time and in suitable place.
In conclusion, we have many things to use, but the problem is that what we should use and how we should use. That depends on your way.
Thanks a lots!