One-to-one: Managing Time
You often hear from teachers how overwhelmed they are by spending long hours on lesson preparation and not having enough time during classes to do everything they have planned. This problem can be even more pronounced in the one-to-one context. 1-2-1 teachers feel pressured to live up to their students' expectations, which are understandably high due to the costliness of individual tuition.
Here's what my colleague Fae says in her comment to one of my blog posts: “I have recently taken on 9 new 1-2-1 students and I do feel I’ve taken on too much work! I always plan the classes for each student and I want the students to feel I am preparing and working for their money.”
As I see it, being responsible 1-2-1 teachers means, first of all, giving careful thought to our use of classroom and preparation time rather than trying to look like we're doing a lot. We should constantly re-evaluate how what we do affects the learning process and how we can most effectively help our learners. Otherwise there is a danger of wasting time and effort on piles of colourful materials which look impressive but are irrelevant to our learners' current needs.
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