Almost every week or so, EF puts on a teaching demo. A teaching demo is a free class for prospective students and parents of what we do at EF to try and drum up some interest and potential business for our school. While most of the time demos are done in the school, sometimes teachers go of site to locations like a McDonald’s or a KFC and do demos in the restaurant.
I had never lead one and on Monday my boss told me that I was going to lead my first demo. Not only was I going to lead the demo, but I had to lead one that was pirate themed. I asked the marketing person (who is Chinese) why it was pirate themed and she said that she went online and found out that Talk Like A Pirate Day was coming up and they assumed that everyone in America celebrated this holiday. So, I was expected to teach kids about pirates and pirate lingo.
At first they had this whole PowerPoint presentation prepared that they wanted me to show about the history of piracy and such. Personally, I found it very confusing. Imagine me trying to teach 7 to 11 year olds who barely speak any English about Black Beard and pirate history.
I decided that if I was going to do a pirate demo I was going to do it right, and to do it right I was going to go all in. First, I made a pirate hat out of paper that was lying around the office and then I fashioned myself a sword out of cardboard. Then I took a pair of my old pajama bottoms and a shirt from the lost and found and cut them up to make them look tattered. I got some candy for pirate treasure and made an eye-patch out of a shoelace and some paper. In the end, my costume looked pretty baller.
For my demo, I had the kids participate in activities like tug-of-war (all of them against me), a three-legged race (peg-leg race), and a treasure/scavenger hunt. It turned out really well and the kids really enjoyed it. A parent came up to me afterward and said that if he were a student he would want to be in my class. It made me feel really good and I am sure some kids are now going to start learning English because I was a great pirate.