10,000 hours

Just had my first lesson in Dan Millman’s principle of breaking a daunting task into manageable bits. It was cover for another teacher’s first elementary level lesson for mainly Spanish speakers.

The lesson went well although I underestimated the students’ abilities. lt was a first to see the students make the same mistakes as in the past as I had only taught mixed nationality classes.

As it was my first lesson for a month I made the same mistake I made in my CELTA and got caught out with the staccato tempo of a student, causing a mistake in correction on my part.

My CELTA tutor said that the CELTA is like passing a driving test, “You have demonstrated you are not a danger to yourself or your students in the classroom”. Like anything worth doing in life, it’s going to take 10,000 hours.


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