Monday, November 9, 2009

You know you are a teacher of Young Learners if...

Inspired by the ongoing discussion about English teachers on one of my favourite blogs, I have decided to write something for those of you who deal with children on an everyday basis.

Here are my 10 things J

You know you are a teacher of Young Learners if:

  1. You constantly grade your language and your speech becomes oversimplified, especially when you talk to non-native speakers
  2. You start using teacher language to address members of your family which they immediately notice and start using against you
  3. You demonstrate every activity you talk about, point to the objects you mention and feel like if you don’t use gestures, people will not understand
  4. You catch yourself humming or singing some ridiculous songs you know from course books and you know which book they actually come from Shipwreck, shipwreck, look at the shipwreck down at the bottom of the sea…
  5. You start accumulating things people normally throw away (buttons, empty milk cartons etc) as they might always come in handy in the classroom 
  6. You have a pricey collection of puppets, wigs, balls and animated movies
  7. You have an uncontrollable urge to tell off anyone who acts in a rude or disrespectful manner
  8.  Spiderman, Winx, Sponge Bob and Bob the Builder are like members of your own family.
  9. You are scared to wear your best clothes to school as they might become dirty or get damaged in some way
  10. You have more stationery than when you were at school yourself


  1. Nice post! I can identify with 8 and 4 as a parent actually. And I love number 9 and 10.

    Sigh. Being a teacher is great, but it sure changes our lives doesn't it?

  2. Guess so...

    I have been recently told I LOOK like a teacher and that was scary ;)