Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat: My journey so far

When I graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Politics and International Studies, I stumbled into the world of insurance and financial services. I'd like to say that it had always been my ambition to be a life assurance salesperson (!) but I would be lying. The truth is, it was the first job I secured and not really knowing what I wanted to do I thought I'd give things a go.

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Fiona Mauchline: Get them speaking

The first activity – which fans out into five activities - ended with so much laughter I couldn’t speak for tears. The second I had originally intended as a speaking ‘warmer’, but ended up as the basis for the whole lesson as it ran for over half the class (the trainees were getting so much from it, I let it run)! The joys of affordance. Both involve images and moving around. Both turned out to be more motivating than I could ever have dreamed of. One was a fantastic group builder, the other an amazing ice breaker. The third activity is a way of reviewing the first two. Ready?

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Blog topics for September 2015

  1. Teacher and career development - World Teachers' Day is celebrated every year on October 5th. To celebrate this event, we would like to know your feelings about being a teacher. What inspired you to become a teacher in the first place? What are those moments that happen which make it feel like a worthwhile profession? How have you evolved in your career since becoming a teacher?
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Vicky Saumell - My journey as a teacher: a winding road

My journey in the teaching career began when I was 18 years old and developed in two different areas at the same time over the years. I had just finished secondary school and I decided that I would study to become a PE teacher, which I did.

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My teaching journey

Possibly because my greatest influence as a teacher has been my mother. A teacher of Modern Greek, my mother embodies everything I admire in teachers - that is, a sense of sharing, gratitude and kindness. She has always been a true educator who sees students as individuals with unique personalities, needs and strengths. Someone who teaches beyond the classroom walls and incorporates students' reality in their teaching. I have to admit that she still influences my teaching choices and has been the main reason I've come to realize that teaching is more than a profession, that it's my call.

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David McFetridge: Learning to be a teacher in Spain, the UK and Germany

The words on the back of my new CELTA certificate were awfully comforting:

“They [those with a standard pass] will continue to need guidance to help them develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post”.

Madrid, 2011. With those words still ringing in my ears, I went for my first meeting with my new director of studies. Armed with a shiny new notebook and pen, I was ready to embark on my teaching career.

The meeting went something like this:

D.O.S. “Hi, David. These are your new classes. The resources are there behind you. Any questions?”.

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Larry Ferlazzo: Why I became a teacher

During that period I spent most of my time working for a national organization called the Industrial Areas Foundation, founded by legendary organizer Saul Alinsky in the late 1930's. Local groups of religious congregations, labor unions and community groups would come together in different cities and contract with the IAF for training and staffing needs to help them build an organization to improve their neighborhoods and change the power dynamics of their cities.

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