It has been six months since I started teaching.
Along the way, I saw many things, experienced a lot of good things and experienced many downfalls.
I will not mince any words here: Teaching is one of the hardest challenges that I have to face in my life. At the same time, however, the profession has allowed me to have an accelerated course in life.
I know of the hard times that my good friends in the high school department are facing at the moment, so I must say that I am still really thankful and that I feel lucky that I am teaching in an elementary department. At the same time, I am also happy that I finally had the chance to teach at a Turkish-operated school. Well, time for some good old-fashioned teaching, you know?
Well, I think I had fun spending my time with students. I am not exactly that comfortable around people and I guess teaching has allowed me to meet many students, teachers and parents alike…and learn how to deal with people too!
Despite the fact that I am a teacher right now, I feel like I still need to learn a lot of things: From micromanagement to creation of lesson plans, the road is pretty long for the likes of me.
At times, I feel stressed out when I have to think that I have to do a certain lesson for that day…or in some cases, go to a certain class not once, not twice, but thrice in a single day.
The question is: Is there satisfaction in teaching?
The answer is yes. When you see at least one of your students learn a thing or two, then that’s the greatest gift that a new teacher can have. Or take the love of your students, for instance. If your students love you for your teaching (and a bit of personality as well), then I guess that erases most of the proverbial sweat and tears that comes with teaching.
They say that the first year of teaching is the hardest year, because it is the time for adjustment. I know that I can be better after this year, but I hope that I did not gave unnecessary headaches to my students especially those who are about to finish elementary school.
If I have a long-term dream in teaching, I would like to see my school become an English-writing powerhouse. Not just in campus journalism: I want to see my students write what they want to express, do it with decent English and be able to show their arguments clearly and creatively.
I want my students to learn the basics of advanced writing at a young age, not to see them featured in major publications (though that’s a major source of pride), but because I want them to be equipped with the skills that are needed to thrive in the 21st century.
Is that an easy aspiration? That’s no easy task, given that writing is one of the last things that are taught in the English language, along with listening.
But I’m willing to learn to do it.
I’m willing to give my 101%.
So that when the day I finally go to the place of my dreams, I can look back and confidently say:
“At least my students did something for themselves.”
Yes, it was one rocky and slippery path.
But the experience was worthwhile…and I hope that it continues to stay that way!