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Out of my depth!

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by doodiedust, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. I have worked as a Primary teacher for over 20 years and have had to resign due to a neuropathic injury in my leg last November after the statutory Sick Leave. I don't know what I am going to do as I really have only ever wanted to teach and suddenly find myself still with the desire to be in the classroom but unable to fulfil the role as I can't determine when I will have a pain attack. I specialised in Behaviour Management for 5 years and developed a good range of skills, tricks and advice which I was able to pass on to colleagues. None of this is helping me in "tutoring" a neighbour's Yr9 daughter with her English!
    I feel like I have no starting point as the secondary school are obviously having issues in their English Dept, I don't wish to provide my 'pupil' with empty exercises or bad advice. All they have said is to prepare her for the Information section of her GCSE exam. Argh! My 'student' struggles to identify formal and informal language and transposed the phrase "I dunno what dat means" with " I don't get it"....
    Nor do I! I just think I'm failing myself and do not want to become an old lady who sits and sews all day talking to her cat because she couldn't make sense of GCSE English and where to begin to help her pupil! Maybe Primary should stick to Primary...
    Should I give up?
  2. I can't make sense of GCSE English either. Why can't it be easy like maths?

    There's nothing wrong with talking to your cat. You needn't worry until you think your cat is replying.

    I think you might get a better response in the English forum.

    I know there must be more to teaching English than spelling, punctuation and grammar but it sounds like you could usefully spend a lot of time on improving her basic literacy skills in these areas and I bet that's something you already know how to do.

    Good luck with it.

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