A day in the life of a Secondary CNET, Part II

Secondary CNET and co-editor, Dominic Moore, provides an insight into his usual day of teaching.

7:00 AM
BEEP BEEP. It’s the sound of the police. No - that’s just my alarm. I snooze it a couple of times before rolling out of bed. Twenty minutes later and I’m out of the door on the way to work.

7:20 AM
It takes me about forty minutes to get to my school on the MTR, costing me $3.20 (32p). Today, I picked up a croissant and a sandwich at Ho Man Tin MTR station for my breakfast. I normally have peanut butter and banana on toast but I had a busy weekend so forgot to buy any bread.

8:00 AM
I arrive at school ten minutes before my clock-in time. I am not teaching until 8:40am so I read the news whilst eating my breakfast and having a coffee at my desk (knowing how basic I am, Chatteris put me at a school with a coffee machine).  After catching up on the news, I make sure I have the materials I need for my first lesson.

Coffee and chill.

8:40 AM
I arrive at the classroom to teach my third form class: there are sixteen students in the class. My lesson is eighty minutes long which is good because you can really stretch the students and do a lot of different activities, however, holding their concentration for eighty minutes is also quite challenging at times! Today, we are learning about charities and I do a short presentation on a local Hong Kong animal charity before the students carry out their own individual presentations to the class. This takes up the majority of the lesson. I then have a twenty-minute recess and a free period before my next lesson with the same local teacher as my last class. This lesson is with 1B and is on “The Mess”, a chapter in one of the books that I work through with the class. This basically involves reading a short story as a class and then doing different activities based on these stories as well as the vocabulary we are learning. The extension task today is to design a robot that is able to clean up a ‘mess’. The students worked in groups and then presented their robots.

12:20 PM
We arranged a game of football at lunchtime against some of the students. This is a really good opportunity to engage with them outside of the classroom and get to know them better. The match was played on the school playground and watched by the majority of the school. The football kit that Adam and I are wearing (featured at the end of this post), was given to us by the school and it is probably the nicest kit I will ever own. The match was the staff v the students with the staff winning 4-3. I even managed to get on the scoresheet... RESULT! The game finished at 1:10pm and then everybody drifted back to class. When we are not playing football with the students, Adam (my fellow CNET) and I do other activities in the school English Corner to try an increase our students' confidence and help them use English in a fun way.

1:20 PM
I normally have my lunch around this time. Today, I popped into town and had some dumplings and bubble milk tea which came to the very reasonable price of $39 (around £3.90).

2:00 PM
I finish my lunch and go back to school. I have no more lessons today so spend the rest of the day planning for my other lessons that week, as well as the other extra-curricular activities that we run.

3:50 PM
As my school is a part of the Chatteris One for One, Adopt a School Programme.
This programme caters for schools that have a high number of less privileged students. To offer these students more support and increase their opportunities, the school pays for one CNET and an external sponsor pays for another. As my school is part of this programme, I have some extra responsibilities. One of these involves running an after-school focus group in which we are trying to show the impact that Chatteris Native- English Speaking Tutors (CNETs) have on English proficiency. We are running a ten-week programme where students are filmed in the DSE test format at the start and end of the programme to see the impact of our teaching. The HKDSE is like the Hong Kong equivalent of A Levels, as students must do well in these exams students in order to get into university. This is the first week of focus groups, so we spend forty minutes filming the students before I head home for a well-deserved rest.

Before vs. after the match.


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