Do you make these 6 mistakes as a new teacher?

Last week, I was a mentor teacher for one of my former TESL students. He needed to complete both observation and practicum hours for his Canadian TESL certification.

One day during lunch, a few teachers were commenting on what they were like as new teachers.   One teacher recalled several disasterous teaching moments in his first year.  Another teacher described himself as being "absolutely terrible". I am not sure that I would describe myself as absolutely terrible, however I was very nervous but I desperately wanted to be a great teacher.

As a TESL trainer, I have assessed many teachers-in-training and notice that it is not in common for nerves get the best of these newbies.  There is not much one can do about nervousness as this is a natural reaction to being observed and assessed, even for more experienced teachers. However I have noticed 6 mistakes that almost all TESL students make. Although these mistakes might seem trivial, I believe that if small...

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