With so many teachers around the world leaving the profession, it's encouraging to read a story about the opposite - someone leaving the business world to become a teacher because of her passion for teaching, guiding, and linguistics. Welcome to the largest professional group in the world - there are almost 60 million of us worldwide!
I should put you in touch with my wife - she's a TEFL instructor and researcher interested in sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. In fact, I know she'd love to read your paper on World Englishes (as would I). Please forward it if you can.
Finally, a question: How old are th children you're working with currently? Do you have any plans to work as a classrom teacher or is pursuing your PhD your priority for now?
So, what is this other field that you worked in before becoming a teacher? :-) Could you tell us a bit more about your current professional role?
You are absolutely right about that list of responsibilities ... we'll look into some key ones in this course, but, as you said, the list is really endless. Working with young people is a challenge and an opportunity, isn't it?
I'm looking forward to your contributions in this course.
Welcome to the CTM! I do hope that this course will be an opportunity for you to connect with other teachers, including teachers from contexts similar to yours, so that you can discuss challenges, ways of addessing them, and also the opportunities that wait in the classroom every day.
I'm interested in learning more about the education system in St. Kitts - the lack of formal teacher certification protocols is not out of the ordinary, but it certainly presents some challenges to the education system. I hope that in your assignments you will try to connect your local experiences and the content of the CTM course. It would provide an interesting glimpse into your classroom, your country's education system, and your professional practice.
Enjoy the course and welcome aboard!
I love the mission of Girls Learn, and I hope that one day we can collaborate on a joint project between your organization and Teachers Without Borders. Perhaps we could focus on a professional development opportunity for teachers in the field of Human Rights?
I am sure your work at Girls Learn provides an intereting glimpse into a variety of educational settings around the world, and I look forward to seeing how that experience manifests itself in your reflections in this course.
I hope you find value in this course and in connecting with others.
Quoted from Julie Salthouse, written on 2011-03-07 20:39:26
Hello everyone! My name is Julie Salthouse, and I am an educator based out of northern New Jersey/New York City. I have a BA in English and secondary education, an MA in Women's and Gender Studies, and currently work as U.S. Chapter Director for Girls Learn International, Inc. (www.girlslearn.org) in New York, a nonprofit dedicated to universal girls’ education. I work mostly with girls in U.S. middle and high schools, and our program is based on having students learn about human rights, advocate, fundraise on behalf of international Partner Schools we work with that support girls’ education, and create cultural exchanges with Partner Schools.
On the side, I am also co-editor of an online, open-access journal called Films for the Feminist Classroom (http://www.signs.rutgers.edu/ffc_home.html), which publishes film reviews of (mostly) documentary films that university-level teachers can use in their own classrooms. I love to travel, read, knit, bond with my dog, and hike. I am very much interested in girls’ leadership, youth activism, and human rights education, and am looking forward to meeting fellow peace educators from around the world.
Thank you for sharing! I will forward these resources to our Peace Education Program Coordinator, and we'll get back to you soon with some ideas.
Quoted from Julie Salthouse, written on 2011-03-08 16:54:32
I look forward to sharing my experiences working with girls in the U.S. and abroad very much. Working at an education-based nonprofit certainly has given me a whole different perspective on what education is and means, particularly when it comes to nonformal education outside of traditional classrooms.
I think a collaboration between TWB and GLI would be great. For you and anyone else reading, I have posted a sample exercise that we use with U.S. students as part of the GLI human rights curriculum on my e-portfolio, under the My Documents section. You're welcome to take a look, and hopefully I'll be able to post additional materials in the coming weeks. Two great resources we use a lot at GLI to teach about social justice issues and human rights are Free the Slaves (www.freetheslaves.net), a nonprofit dedicated to ending modern-day slavery and human trafficking, and the Public Broadcasting Service (www.pbs.org), both of which have posted lessons and videos on their sites for teachers. I encourage everyone to check out both sites, they're great!
Thanks for a glimpse into your context - it sounds like a very diverse environment. I look forward to your contributions to our discussions and reflections on your blog.
There's so much wisdom in your words - thank you for reminding us how important teachers are in the lives of young people around the world and to the growth and success of our communities and societies.
You are absolutely right that challenges in the professional life of a teacher never end, but that our lives are also filled with opportunities.
I agree that teaching is first and foremost about learning!
Thank you also for participating in the other cohort introductions.
Quoted from vera obiakor, written on 2011-03-08 19:58:00
Hi fellow Airlings.....
My name is Vera and I am a Nigerian. I am also an Airy Cohort, and Hi to you all. I have 15years teaching experience. I now teach senior Secondary Students (14 to 19years old) i teach Mathematics/Further Mathematics. I am also the ICT co-ordinator of the school.
Being a teacher has shown me that you can never have enough knowledge and you can never get to the top of the ladder. As you get to the top, more steps are created. And I have found out that I am a teacher and learner because while I am teaching you, I will also learn from you. Teaching is a challenge and one of the most interesting, time-consuming and hardest job on earth. And worldwide teachers are the most educated, most patient and simplest human beings; so tell me what else will I want to have as a career. When i look at that president, laurete winner, best doctor etc and I remeber they were once my students, what more should I ask for. That is why I love and will always want to be a teacher.
Enrolling in this program for me is to learn and improve my knowledge since the world changes every minute; we change with it (by acquiring more knowledge). Exchange of ideas, projects and practice is the basic aim of my attendance.