5 Reasons to Love Teaching

This summer has been an incredibly busy one at school, with hundreds of new students pouring into our classes for vacation classes.  In spite of the added stress of planning energetic and creative lessons to try to reach every pupil, I have enjoyed every minute of this past month.

I have learned a lot and have grown to love the classroom even more because:

1. These students are curious and eager to learn.  They ask questions (that sometimes stump me) to improve their understanding and give them more confidence.  They actually ASK for extra practice homework and actually COMPLETE it for me to check.

2. These students want to have fun.  Yes, we have to get through curriculum, but learners are here to have an experience and build connections with others.  Lessons can be ridiculous and effective at the same time.  Laughing has definitely helped us (both students and myself) learn.

3.  These students seem to jump at the chance to be creative.  I have given assignments, group projects, and individual presentations, over the past four weeks, and I have been blown away each and every time.  They relish in the chance to teach others something and to ask others about new topics.

4. These students are real people.  They have lives outside of the classroom. They have families, careers, ambitions, and hobbies.  I have had the pleasure of leading several out-of-school activities with different groups of students and have gotten to know them on a different level.  A level where they are experiencing a new and exciting culture, but still eager to share their own.

5. These students are grateful for a teacher’s help, patience, and guidance. As per the norm for an English institute, I have had to say many good byes recently.  After watching my students “grow” in their English ability, it was sad to see them leave, not knowing if we will ever meet again.  I received some heart felt cards that I will hold very dear to me.  Knowing I made a difference pushes me to excel for the next student that walks through my door.

I’m excited to see what another summer month has in store for my English classrooms!  Because of my great experience so far, I have also learned many great techniques to use in lessons for all fundamental English skills.  Stay tuned!

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5 Reasons to Love Teaching

This summer has been an incredibly busy one at school, with hundreds of new students pouring into our classes for vacation classes.  In spite of the added stress of planning energetic and creative lessons to try to reach every pupil, I have enjoyed every minute of this past month.

I have learned a lot and have grown to love the classroom even more because:

1. These students are curious and eager to learn.  They ask questions (that sometimes stump me) to improve their understanding and give them more confidence.  They actually ASK for extra practice homework and actually COMPLETE it for me to check.

2. These students want to have fun.  Yes, we have to get through curriculum, but learners are here to have an experience and build connections with others.  Lessons can be ridiculous and effective at the same time.  Laughing has definitely helped us (both students and myself) learn.

3.  These students seem to jump at the chance to be creative.  I have given assignments, group projects, and individual presentations, over the past four weeks, and I have been blown away each and every time.  They relish in the chance to teach others something and to ask others about new topics.

4. These students are real people.  They have lives outside of the classroom. They have families, careers, ambitions, and hobbies.  I have had the pleasure of leading several out-of-school activities with different groups of students and have gotten to know them on a different level.  A level where they are experiencing a new and exciting culture, but still eager to share their own.

5. These students are grateful for a teacher’s help, patience, and guidance. As per the norm for an English institute, I have had to say many good byes recently.  After watching my students “grow” in their English ability, it was sad to see them leave, not knowing if we will ever meet again.  I received some heart felt cards that I will hold very dear to me.  Knowing I made a difference pushes me to excel for the next student that walks through my door.

I’m excited to see what another summer month has in store for my English classrooms!  Because of my great experience so far, I have also learned many great techniques to use in lessons for all fundamental English skills.  Stay tuned!

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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