Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Epic Teaching Fails

Lately I feel like I have been failing at teaching because I have been too focused with my career goals. Lately, I've been reverting to a lot of TEDtalks and things that require a student work with minimal discussions and questions.
Today, I wanted to have some fun. Today, I wanted to take my students to my university's Holi Festival of Color. First, there were student complaints, but I didn't let that stop me. I thought it was a fun way of learning something about a different culture and wanted to get a really fun research lesson out of it. So, we headed over to the festival. And by the time we got there, at 1, it was over. The event started at 12:30, was supposed go until 2 and have free food. I was very disappointed and I felt like it was an epic teaching fail on my part.
There is only so much you can do with teaching basic English, and one can only stare at a computer screen for so long. But the second I try to have fun and change that, it epically fails on me.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Requisite First Blog

I sort of fell into this teaching thing. I got recommended to take this class. It required a teaching internship. At the end of that semester, I was able to apply to teach. Voila. I fell into my new passion.
     Let me clarify what I do. I’m not a full-blown teacher with a credential. I am still an undergraduate student who is pursuing a degree in English. I merely teach Remedial Freshman Composition. I basically help a bunch of students improve their writing, although, the majority of them are already superb writers.
     At first, I found myself wondering why I loved it so much. I never wanted to be a teacher – it never seemed like my thing – so, how could I like it so much? I thought about it and thought about it, and I came up with the answer. I have always loved to be educated. I love learning new things. I have learned more from teaching than I have learned from anything else in my life.
     Hopefully, my students learn a little bit from me as well.
     In my free time, I love to read, but I’m usually caught up in schoolwork. Education is basically my life. I teach, I’m taught and I enjoy every minute of it.