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Small class size advice needed
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:18:36 am »
So my fifth grade elementary class has dropped down to one student for the majority of the time. Sometimes one or two other girls show up for about 10 minutes, but for the most part it's just me and the one boy.

The big thing I need help with is finding ways to create games with him. All of my class sizes are small, so most of the games I use are focused at 5-9 students... but 1 student is just throwing me off.

Does anyone have some advice for games I could play with him? His English level is quite high, he's brighter than most of my 6th graders, but I'm just not sure what to do.

I suppose most people will think these tiny class sizes are nothing to complain about, but sometimes it's super awkward and hard to get the student motivated.

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Re: Small class size advice needed
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2015, 10:40:56 am »
Play games as pairs or with him as one team and you as the other. Or check these out.

What to do with a one student class

One on One Tutoring

After School Classes with 1 student

Re: Small class size advice needed
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2015, 08:20:16 pm »
Thanks for the links in the last response. I have a similar issue where I have groups of 1-3 students at my hagwon that are sometimes difficult to teacher. I am allowed to come up with my own material but sometimes I am 'highly encoruaged' to choose something else. Another issue is trying to keep the students interested and learning, while not just playing games that will be able to give them some new vocab words and such.

Re: Small class size advice needed
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2015, 09:37:41 pm »
My advice is this: After 9 years of teaching experience I have dealt with big and small class sizes, and I will tell you that teaching a larger class size of up to 40 students is more demanding. So my advice to you is do not stress yourself over it. I have only 1 student in my grade 4 class at my main school. I would recommend a board game or a Power Point Connect 4 game to play with your student, and you can play these games one-on-one with your student. For grade 5 level, you can still give your student a worksheet to do, but also consider your student's level. For a lower level student, you can spend as much time as you can to help that one student pronounce the vocabulary words properly and contruct the English phrases properly.

Re: Small class size advice needed
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2015, 08:08:29 am »
Thanks for the advice and links everyone. The first few months were difficult as my TEFL and previous work has all been with larger class sizes so I felt overwhelmed by the small classes (which doesn't quite make sense, I know). But it is all much easier after doing what Foreverparadise recommended, just relaxing and going with the flow.

I've decided to take the next month worth of lessons with my 5th grader and have him create his own Choose Your Own Adventure PowerPoint game. It's basically going to be a writing project where I teach him how to use PowerPoint action buttons and all the little things to make the PPT Game work (and be awesome!).

I'll probably post the materials as I make them even though it's not necessarily something a big, big class would do.

It's just nice to have finally made a decision and committed to something, rather than doing shitty little random lessons on random topics every week. xP