does being a skillful teacher mean to you? Is it the same as or similar to
being a powerful teacher? Are there any expectations inherent in unravelling
any difference between these two perceptions?
Stephen Brookfield, a scholar in adult
education, is someone I look up to because his focus is on helping adults learn
how to critically think about internalized ideologies. He believes that we teach to change the world
and that being a sincere and reflective educator can be complex but that we
need to be aware of those complexities in order to learn and empower our
students (Brookfield, 2015). I have always enjoyed learning about his perspective
and determining how I can use it in my teaching techniques.
Teaching techniques have been expanding and unfolding with
ever-evolving paradigms that make the teaching profession demanding, and, at
times, it can be difficult to maintain your passion for teaching. Drawing from
my own experiences of teaching for the past ten years, I have compiled a list
of ways to help you keep the passion in your teaching.
On November 5, 2019,
the #CdnELTchat team was happy to welcome Sandhya Ghai (@GhaiSandhya) of Mosaic BC (@mosaicbc) as our guest moderator for a
discussion of Intercultural Fluency in the LINC Classroom. This chat was
a follow-up to Sandhya’s Tutela webinar on the same topic. (Tutela members can
log in to view the recorded webinar.) Thanks to Diane Ramanathan (@ramdiane), Tutela Community Coordinator, for facilitating this partnership
between Tutela and #CdnELTchat.
In 2018, after some 37 years in the TESL field, I joined the TESL Ontario Board. This is the ideal volunteer challenge for me at this point in my life. I am keen to do what I can to contribute to the health of the organization and, most importantly, to the ongoing professionalization of TESL. Throughout the life of a teacher, you gain perspective as your career progresses and at one point you realize that you are ready to pitch in and give some time to the profession at large.
Do you feel uncomfortable when you visit a new place? I imagine how our
students feel when they arrive to Canada. Not only are they here to learn
English, but they’re also here to adapt to an unfamiliar culture.
Speaking from experience as a current ESL teacher and a former ESL
learner, I thought I’d compile a short list of the top five ways that teachers
can support their learners in their transition to help them adjust and become
confident and effective learners.
I came to Canada as an immigrant from Bosnia – a war-torn country – which, to this day, is difficult to return to when I want to visit family. Not only do I remember things no child should, but physical remnants remain at every corner of the country itself. My family was one of those that escaped with a random truck driver in hopes of getting out and not being denied entry into Croatia, which was safe.
Quilting and knitting circles have existed
for a long time for the purposes of pleasure and producing a useful final
product, but how did a handicraft project for a group of Master of Education
students turn into a feel-good, emotional learning journey? It was an
assignment for a research methodology course, but it was so much more than that.
It was also collaboration, self-discovery and an emotional roller coaster all
rolled into some highly memorable academic presentations. At least that was my
observation, if not quite my personal experience.
blossoms are out! It’s spring and finally warm enough to ride my bike to
work. I do my best thinking on that
bike. With a new semester starting, I find myself reflecting on the semester
gone by. Peddling on cold, rainy days tends
to cause me to remember my failures, but on warm, sunny mornings, I recall my
successes. For 16 years I have been teaching
university prep writing, grammar, reading, speaking, and listening to students
from around the world.
I recently got certified as an
adult ESL teacher, more than a decade after graduating with a bachelor’s degree
in English. Although teaching had been an option in the past, I decided to
pursue other avenues—and I’m glad I did.
Over the years, I had many
great experiences, learned many things, and acquired skills that make me a
better teacher today. There truly are many different roads to teaching and I
would like to share mine.