My journey into teaching started back in 2010 having decided to take a gap year to work and travel. I soon found myself standing in front of a class of 30, very excited, rowdy and somewhat disinterested students. I quickly came to realize that the worksheet that I had prepared was not going to cut it.
With a cold dose of reality and a bit of quick thinking, I managed to keep their interest, for the better part of 5 minutes, to which they just went back to doing what they were doing. As daunting as that experience was I came out unscathed, for the most part, and I’ve been teaching now for 7 years. In Thailand as well as Korea. One of the reasons that kept me interested in teaching was that I came to realise that a teacher can impact the lives of people in a more personal and lingering way, compared to what most people can. And that, to me, was a lot more fulfilling than working in a bank selling banking products. My teaching experience started in 2010 where I taught Science, English and Computer studies in an English program for a year. After that, I spent 2 years in Korea teaching English to Kindergarten, primary school, middle school and high school students, as well as the occasional adult. I then subsequently returned to Thailand where I’m still teaching.
These experiences have taught me a lot. When I first started teaching, and still to this day, the classes I have are of a very mixed level. I’ve learned that not all methods work for all students, so making a lesson with flexibility by adding extra support for students with lower levels or those who learn in a different manner is an essential skill. Teaching and travelling in countries where the culture and language are very different has taught me a lot of patience and adaptability. This is especially important when standing in front of a class of students that don’t know what you are saying.Honestly, the main reason I want to take this course is that teaching has become a vocation for me and I will be living in Thailand in the long term. The PGCEi is recognized and respected in this region and as well as being a part-time course makes this ideal. Another reason is that I’m looking to further my skills as a teacher and gain a deeper knowledge of teaching principals.
Having a degree in Finance has given me a solid base for analytical thinking, especially when it comes to marking and record keeping. But I find I lack some of the theoretical and the fundamental aspects of teaching. In studying the PGCEi I’m looking to enhance my teaching by learning theories and applying them in the classroom. In summary,