Here’s a quick question. What in the world would make any parent think that an English lesson on the computer by Skype with a four year old is a good idea? Should I repeat that for a second….A FOUR YEAR OLD.
I have to explain what happened. I had a lesson with this little Ompa Loompa today for a second time. I recently cut a lot of hair off so I didn’t look the same. The minute she came on screen I could hear her saying in Japanese, “Who is that??” Baby girl, I cut my hair. I’m the same human.
Then after about 3 minutes of me asking her simple questions: weather, how she’s feeling, how old she is, to get her warmed up for the rest of the lesson, I hear her then say in Japanese “This teacher sucks” (この先生やだ）Right, so she’s four years old so no fucking filter, which I get it, I get told to my face a lot of the time how much kids don’t like me, but it’s usually from malicious teenagers, but for some reason this one hurt a bit more. Anyways, right away she was uncomfortable with me. I wish her mom stuck by her side for the full lesson instead of walking away every chance she got because this girl was not having it. She just didn’t like me from the start, thus didn’t want to have fun.
Thing’s I’ve learned, when it’s a kid this young, you have to turn it on. As in, look super stupid animated and smiley and just have them do active games instead of drilling. My mistake for sure was trying to have her use materials I technically was supposed to use like the online textbook. Obviously I have no practice with a kid this young, but then again my question still arises, WHY subject a kid so young to this??
I think the mother probably shouldn’t leave the kid sitting there, I get it when your kid is just playing, but if the child is learning and it’s from home, I feel it’s important to have the parent active in participating with them. Just my opinion, if you believe a mom or dad should leave their 4 year old child unattended in front of a computer for a full 30 minutes, then by all means…
Anyways I’m sooo excited to have to explain to my boss why the mother gave me such a crappy review for this lesson. He is such a sexist twat, he wont listen to anything I say to begin with so I’ll just say I’ll do better.
One thing that I think all teachers should live by is that not everyone is going to like you or your lessons. And as much as I need to be taking this advice at this moment I’m licking my wounds in a dark corner haha.