The First Time I Ever Taught
It was for the Cultural Homestay Institute and they brought students over from Japan to do two week and one month homestays at that time.
I had to find host families, arrange trips and teach the classes. I was 24 and I had never taught in my life.
Training consisted of watching a one hour video of teaching a class and reading their manual.
I found out that not only would the students be coming but two Japanese teachers as well. So I would be teaching my first class ever in front of two veteran teachers! I was terrified!
A friend of mine said, "Don`t worry, always remember the students are more scared than you."
I still use this thought today.
That first lesson I tried to write as little on the board as possible for fear my hands would shake. I tried to forget that two teachers were in the room watching me and I was really well prepared.
Actually the lesson went fine. It was the lead up to the lesson that was one of my worst experiences.