Text book teaching can be fun too. Tenzin Dolma (Ms.) TCV school Chauntra.
I have been an English teacher consecutively for about a few years. I have specially started teaching the medium section a couple of years ago. I loved and enjoyed teaching the language without the textbook as activities were the pillar of my teaching. The teaching basically revolves around developing the four skills reading, Writing, Listening, speaking. The best part of it was my children enjoyed their learning and the result too was obvious. Many of them did show surprisingly a lot of changes and improvement since from then. This year when I got class IX, I was little skeptical and unsure about how am I going to handle the textbook lessons. Will my children like the teaching as they used to do because I know that they are accustomed to my activity oriented teaching and suddenly switching on to the textbook lesson would be definitely a boring learning?
On a second thought I felt it was a challenge or an opportunity but still deep within I had this uncertainty that my teaching will turn out to be a complete boredom. Generally people do consider textbook teaching a very monotonous and uninteresting.
Anyways I started teaching and proceeded further and I realized that it was not at all like as I had expected. We can certainly make any lesson of any subjects enthusiastic and enjoyable. We just need to put a pinch of effort, creativity and patience. The magic of teaching is always there if it is dealt with the activities. Consequently, the activities have their own marvel over the learning process.
Advantages of using activities in the classroom:
(1) Activities are a welcome break from the usual routine of the language class.
(2) Activities concoct the child centered learning.
(3) They are motivating and challenging.
(4) The teacher acts only as a facilitator or a guide.
(5) The activities foster whole class participation and build class cohesion.
(6) They stimulate friendly and healthy competition.
(7) Learning a language requires a great deal of effort. Activities help students to make and sustain the effort of learning.
(8) Activities provide language practice in the various skills speaking, writing, listening, reading.
(9) They promote communicative competence.
(10) They buoy up creative and spontaneous use of language.
(11) Activities can be adjusted for any age, level and interests.
(12) Activities require minimum preparation after development.
As Sidney J Harris (What true Education should do 1964) had said, Pupils are more like oyster than sausages. The job of teaching is not to stuff them and seal them up, but to help them open and reveal the riches within. There are pearls in each of us, if only we knew how to cultivate them with ardor and persistence.
In a nutshell, we must all try to instill in our children the best of knowledge and equip them with the latest information. This shall be possibly if only we create a tension free and fear free learning environment. The activity based learning will also strengthen the bond between us and our children. You'll become more like a friend than a teacher.
Above all your commitment towards your job is extremely important and you will enjoy the satisfaction of it at the end of the day.