Nina MK, Ph.D.
Paulo Freire once said : ‘“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” (Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed)
Although I trained to become a teacher at university when I was younger, I didn't go into the profession straight away. I wasn't sure that teaching was right for me.
I am usually asked this question which is not easy to be answered. I believe that teaching is the job that grants me symmetrical harmony with the nature of my personality and my life. I feel that it is a catalyst that boosts an innate talent that makes me stand in the classroom like an orchestra conductor leading his orchestra in an innovative organization.
As an ESL/EFL teacher, the English vocabulary is not just words in textbooks, but celestial beads that can be assembled in lists with different themes with the purpose of developing a wide vocabulary for the students.
A CONTINUOUS TEACHER.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
This collective post for October pulls together insights and comments from our TeachingEnglish associates as a feature for World Teacher's Day on Sunday October 5th.
Why don't you join in using the comments below? What does being a teacher mean to you?
Every time you teach you have the opportunity to be the catalyst that helps someone to transform their life.
Starting this academic year in a new teaching role at a new school gave me plenty of time to stop and consider that opening ‘get to know you’ lesson. Every since I first started teaching the idea has been more or less the same – I introduce myself and spend some time passing on information about myself and then I get my students to do the same in a similar manner. The manner of achieving this, of course, changed several times over the years and that is what I want to explore in this post.
First lesson, first mistake
Throughout my teaching career, I have always enjoyed a challenge – I think every ‘career teacher’ does! – and there have been many: the intensity of my Trinity Cert TESOL course, that first lesson, teaching beginners/advanced/kids for the first time, getting up to speed with technological possibilities for the classroom, doing an MA, presenting at a conference… the list goes on.