You may remember the job interview I mentioned a few posts ago. Well, I was nervous for that — as I get with many things — but I made a ‘favourable impression’ with the interviewers and I was offered a teaching position at a school that I consider to be worth working for because of its reputation in the TEFL community. It’s definitely a great place to officially start my teaching career, so I feel very fortunate to be where I am.
Everything feels right. From the moment I arrived, there haven’t been any warning bells or red flags, just a feeling that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. It’s been a slow start because my CELTA training has been in hibernation for the past year and a half, but little by little, it’s coming back to me and the planning isn’t as tedious or as time consuming as it was in the beginning, so I take that as a very good sign. I’m counting on my lesson planning to become more efficient and to come more naturally in the coming weeks.
I’ve already met some pretty good people and I really like my students, too. They’re all college students — eighteen to twenty-one years old — and very multi-cultural, which is probably one of the best things about the classes. So far, I have students from China, Japan, Korea, Yemen, Syria, Iran, and Egypt.
My colleagues are very multi-cultural as well and they’ve been great at helping me settle in. They all have so much experience that they’re more than happy to share with me and I’m trying my best to absorb as much of it as I can. I still have so much to learn.
The university where the school is located is quite huge and I’ve already gotten lost once or twice, but I’ve now memorised the way from the office to my classroom — yes, I have my own classroom — and from my classroom to the plaza — a massive space where the food court and other offices and shops are located. The downside is that my feet and legs are starting to despise me because of all the walking and standing that I have to do in the course of a work day, but I’m sure that’s nothing that a good pair of shoes (or two) can’t fix.
This is only the beginning and I know that I have a lot of work ahead of me. There are many elements that go into teaching and even more elements that go into being an effective teacher. I don’t want to be one of those teachers that simply ensure the syllabus is followed and the work is done. I want to be more than that and that’s what I will strive to be as long as I’m here.
I’m really excited to be starting this new adventure. I may get very busy, but I’ll try to write about my experiences as often as I can. So far, it’s off to a good start, and I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.