Chapter 6: Introducing Yourself to the Class - YouTube
Media Studies: Introduce yourself to the class!
4. Introduce yourself to the class, and have students introduce themselves to you and to one another in order to begin building a community of learners.
Introduce yourself to the class
In the quest Introduce Yourself to the Class, you are asked to do just that, and this is the place to do it. Welcome! Include at least the following information:
I think a teacher should know what her/his objectives are for each activity done in class, that is, 'why am I doing this?', 'why am I asking my students to put time into this?', 'how will this advance these students towards the objectives they have for this course?'. Some years ago, writing about icebreakers I commented that some might seem, at first glance to be a waste of time. 'The Answers' is a good example of this possibility. As a teacher, you may think that it's so much faster to simply introduce yourself to the class and give a bit of background information. However, I still believe that this investment of time is one of the best you can make. Showing, rather than saying, what type of class you plan to have is essential to start out right. Students are often not convinced by nice words or promises from a teacher concerning 'a class where we're all working together' or 'a class where everyone will listen to everyone not just to the teacher' or 'a class where the students take responsibility'. Doing things that show that attitude is far more convincing. When you introduce yourself to the class, you are starting to build a relationship between you and the students. The students will be interested to know who you are and what you are like. You should introduce yourself and give some background information about who you are. Students can then relate to you and it shows you are a human being after all. This is also an opportunity to establish your own credibility. Tell the class about your teaching experience and knowledge of ESL/EFL. This will give the students confidence in your teaching ability. There are many ways you can introduce yourself. Turning your introduction into a game the students can participate in is an excellent way to introduce yourself. The game is not only great for introducing yourself, but you can also gain an insight into your students' level of English. is another entertaining way to introduce yourself to the class. This game provides the students with a chance to write and respond to a variety of questions.