It's always a good idea to use the first lesson at any new school as an introductory lesson. This will give the students the opportunity to learn about you. You can talk about your likes, dislikes as well as where you come from. I put together a detailed PowerPoint presentation with pictures of hobbies, interests and my country to educate the kids about "Miss Candy" (that's my name at school). To make the lesson a bit more interactive, I asked the students to guess what each picture represented. This engaged the students and held their attention for the entire lesson.
|After School Class|
|Map about me|
For my introductory lesson with my after school class I got the students to create mind maps about
themselves. I supplied the students with poster paper and a template of an apple. We wrote our names in the centre of the apple and used that as the core of our maps. I got the students to write little sentences about different things they like, their hobbies, family and friends. The kids also got a little creative and drew little pictures to illustrate their points.
The objective of the lesson was to learn about each each other but it also gave the students an opportunity to practice writing in the target language. This activity will also be great for the first day of class at the start of a new school year.