Student to Teacher Part 1: Packing up my Desk

the hell?
This blog post is getting started much later than I had anticipated. I suppose that’s a direct comment on my life as a returning student – it’s a busy time!  But I did think it was important to think back to the beginning of this adventure so as to connect all the pieces up to now and to be able to have a better insight on what the future may hold.

Thinking back to the end of summer, I remember my final days at English School of Canada.  I walked through the halls, speaking to students and colleagues, and honestly knowing that I was going to truly miss my time there. I had built relationships with so many people, so many students from all over the world had walked through my doors over my eighteen months there.  I learned so much from them- about new cultures, about student motivation for learning, and about my own ability as a teacher.  I am forever grateful for each one of my students who contributed -mostly unknowingly- to confirming that my place is in the classroom.

The good-byes were mixed with sadness, anxiety, and excitement.  I’m a self-proclaimed perfectionist, so I would be the first one to admit that the unknown scares me.  That might sound strange coming from a person who has backpacked through almost ten countries dealing with the unknown every day.  However, I believe that professionally I have a fear of not being good enough, second guessing my decisions, but needing to put on a front that I know exactly what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

On the other hand, of course there was also excitement has September crept closer.  I was excited to be a student again.  I am a geek who loves learning, loves buying new notebooks and pens (even though most people just live off of their tablets and laptops these days).  I love working with experienced instructors and having meaningful discussions about different topics that I feel passionately.

Therefore, leaving a great job was scary because there was the possibility that I wouldn’t like being on the other side of the classroom.  Nonetheless, I had to take the risk.  Something big was calling me and I had to answer it.

Part 2: Entering OISE – Coming soon.

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Student to Teacher Part 1: Packing up my Desk

the hell?
This blog post is getting started much later than I had anticipated. I suppose that’s a direct comment on my life as a returning student – it’s a busy time!  But I did think it was important to think back to the beginning of this adventure so as to connect all the pieces up to now and to be able to have a better insight on what the future may hold.

Thinking back to the end of summer, I remember my final days at English School of Canada.  I walked through the halls, speaking to students and colleagues, and honestly knowing that I was going to truly miss my time there. I had built relationships with so many people, so many students from all over the world had walked through my doors over my eighteen months there.  I learned so much from them- about new cultures, about student motivation for learning, and about my own ability as a teacher.  I am forever grateful for each one of my students who contributed -mostly unknowingly- to confirming that my place is in the classroom.

The good-byes were mixed with sadness, anxiety, and excitement.  I’m a self-proclaimed perfectionist, so I would be the first one to admit that the unknown scares me.  That might sound strange coming from a person who has backpacked through almost ten countries dealing with the unknown every day.  However, I believe that professionally I have a fear of not being good enough, second guessing my decisions, but needing to put on a front that I know exactly what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

On the other hand, of course there was also excitement has September crept closer.  I was excited to be a student again.  I am a geek who loves learning, loves buying new notebooks and pens (even though most people just live off of their tablets and laptops these days).  I love working with experienced instructors and having meaningful discussions about different topics that I feel passionately.

Therefore, leaving a great job was scary because there was the possibility that I wouldn’t like being on the other side of the classroom.  Nonetheless, I had to take the risk.  Something big was calling me and I had to answer it.

Part 2: Entering OISE – Coming soon.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Chris Blakeley

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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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Looking for some interesting reading material? Check out my Reading Picks and Bookworm post for some ideas! 

               
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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