T is for Teacher and Theatre

“Teacher” – the name I have adopted since I stepped into my first classroom, and the title I have come to love.

I am well into my second month of teaching in my new classrooms.  It has been busy, hectic, and overwhelming; on the other hand, it has been exciting, inspiring, and fun!  These days, the little ESL seed I planted back in Korea over four years ago is really starting to bloom.  I am feeling great in the classroom.  Despite the workload, this setting is definitely feeling like a place in which I want–I need–to be.

Teaching ESL to adults in an English-speaking city–my reason for returning to Canada in the first place– is incredibly rewarding.  The students are old enough that I don’t (usually) have to babysit, but they are young enough that we can discuss topics that are socially and worldly relevant.  They can ask real questions about real life for which I can provide real answers.  Students come from everywhere, so without leaving the city of Toronto, I get to travel around the world each day in my classroom.  In addition, I get new students coming and going each week, which is sad, but refreshing at the same time.

I feel confident in bringing a sense of authority to the classroom (which every teacher needs to do), but I also bring a kind of peer attitude: we are all here together to learn; I will give you my best and I hope you will bring yours, so that we can all get the most out of these seventy-five minutes.

With the lesson preparation comes time-consuming research but also a new appreciation for language learning.  I get a chance to focus on and grasp a teaching perspective for the different aspects,–reading, writing, speaking, listening– therefore receiving a well-rounded experience as a classroom leader.

On a different level, but still related to my classroom performances, I will begin my position as Assistant Stage Manager for a show with a Toronto community theatre group.  I can’t wait to jump in and help manage this upcoming show (I even get to have a stage appearance!).  Theatre remains a passion, of course, but one I will tend to after I leave my daily classroom.

I am still waiting for the results of my Teacher’s College applications, and I still don’t know what my decision will be, but I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that I will live with one foot in the classroom and one foot on the stage!

 

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T is for Teacher and Theatre

“Teacher” – the name I have adopted since I stepped into my first classroom, and the title I have come to love.

I am well into my second month of teaching in my new classrooms.  It has been busy, hectic, and overwhelming; on the other hand, it has been exciting, inspiring, and fun!  These days, the little ESL seed I planted back in Korea over four years ago is really starting to bloom.  I am feeling great in the classroom.  Despite the workload, this setting is definitely feeling like a place in which I want–I need–to be.

Teaching ESL to adults in an English-speaking city–my reason for returning to Canada in the first place– is incredibly rewarding.  The students are old enough that I don’t (usually) have to babysit, but they are young enough that we can discuss topics that are socially and worldly relevant.  They can ask real questions about real life for which I can provide real answers.  Students come from everywhere, so without leaving the city of Toronto, I get to travel around the world each day in my classroom.  In addition, I get new students coming and going each week, which is sad, but refreshing at the same time.

I feel confident in bringing a sense of authority to the classroom (which every teacher needs to do), but I also bring a kind of peer attitude: we are all here together to learn; I will give you my best and I hope you will bring yours, so that we can all get the most out of these seventy-five minutes.

With the lesson preparation comes time-consuming research but also a new appreciation for language learning.  I get a chance to focus on and grasp a teaching perspective for the different aspects,–reading, writing, speaking, listening– therefore receiving a well-rounded experience as a classroom leader.

On a different level, but still related to my classroom performances, I will begin my position as Assistant Stage Manager for a show with a Toronto community theatre group.  I can’t wait to jump in and help manage this upcoming show (I even get to have a stage appearance!).  Theatre remains a passion, of course, but one I will tend to after I leave my daily classroom.

I am still waiting for the results of my Teacher’s College applications, and I still don’t know what my decision will be, but I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that I will live with one foot in the classroom and one foot on the stage!

 

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
About Me


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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