This is my level 4 (high intermediate) ESL class. I presented them with certificates, and gifts which included dictionaries and 2011-12 datebooks. I am so proud of them and their accomplishments. They all passed well, and speak English better now than before. I've learned more from them than they've learned from me, and happy I shared this journey with them.We graduated.
I've been an ESL teacher for six years. I started my teaching career in the AmeriCorps (2005-2007) and worked for the Chinese-American Planning Council for four years. I learned, taught, and ate a lot. Yes, I love eating Chinese food, and have eaten plenty! My students taught me the importance of being true to self, and that it's okay to make mistakes. They've helped me become a better teacher, a better person. This journey has had its challenges, and at times I didn't feel confident in myself or my teaching style. However, I'm not a quitter and my students helped me to keep going. If I could see each person I've taught again, I would simply say "Thank you for making me the woman I am today."
With that said...
I've climbed many stairs...
Is the closing of my classroom door
I'm not done yet.