Internship testimonial :)

December 12, 2017

So here I am... again!

In my previous post, I wrote about my online ESL teaching journey, how it all started etc. The second part was supposed to be written and posted this week but I came across a simple testimonial that helped shape who I am now. 

I was on a phone call with a friend who used to be my co-intern one year ago. We were both assigned to practice teaching in the same school and it has been a year since the sleepless nights to work on the lessons for the next few days. 

I opened my old college files and came round to one of the testimonials from my mentor:  

"Teacher Joy was a student teacher in my Grade 9 classes for 7 weeks. She was responsible for teaching three (3) sections which composed of fast, average, and slow learners.  Teacher Joy exhibited mastery in the subject matter that she was teaching. She submitted her Lesson plans ahead of time and implemented differentiated tasks to meet the varied needs of students. She also successfully demonstrated her awareness of different learning styles and materials were thoroughly prepared and implemented. She was highly commended for integrating ICT in the delivery of her lessons.  In my observation, Teacher Joy possesses a positive and enthusiastic personality. She has a great rapport with the students she has worked with. She is well groomed, articulate, and has this strict personality which tamed student’s unpleasant behavior. I witnessed that she had a positive working relationship with her team and very polite to all teachers.  I am confident that Teacher Joy will be an asset to the teaching profession. She is confident, knowledgeable, and has the skills of a future efficient and effective teacher. I believe that she will continue to grow and become even more effective with further."

This was the testimonial that made me realize how much I care about teaching. I never thought I could be a teacher. It was never a plan to become one even tho as a kid, I would always play the role of a teacher when I played with friends. All these years, I thought it would remain a childhood game. 

But how wrong was I. :)

ESL online teaching was never a plan! (Part 1)

December 01, 2017

I'm here now... and I'm not going to stop.

Even before graduation, one of the things I told myself that I'm not going to teach to foreign students online. Aside from the unstable income, I just don't find it enjoyable.

How wrong was I!

Before tutoring online, I was a writer. I've written for online news publications and content for a website. I've even written my own short story that never got published because well... I just never entertained the thought of others reading the most sensitive stories of my life.

But to all writers out there, I think you can all relate how hard it is to write. I love writing. And always will. But to make it my profession? I'm afraid that one day - teaching might become a mere chore. Something I won't even remember doing.

And I don't want that to happen. Ever.

So I decided to take a new path. Small business? Soon. Virtual Assistant job? Hmm... maybe? Set up a bookstore? Great idea, needs a great capital too.

The latter was a more appealing path for me since I love books. However, after further research, I decided to ditch the idea, at least for now when the time is right and the budget is not too tight.

Then I heard about tutoring online.

Meh, not the first time I've heard of it. It was a gazillionth time and I thought I'm going to brush off the idea for the gazillionth time too.

My fingers took another turn and I just found myself taking an online application. I was greeted by a 40-item English test about the basics of English grammar. It was a smooth application until I reached system check.

1st Attempt:

Headset? Check.
Camera? Check.
Quiet and clear background? Check.
Speedtest? Ehhhh!

That's where I nearly lost hope. My country's internet connection is something I always moan about.

To be continued...

Thank You!

November 22, 2017

Firstly, I would like to give my sincerest thanks to my family for the unwavering love and support. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to finish my studies and survive everything I had been through. Thank you so much Ma and Pa, you are the main reason why I am here. I will forever be grateful – for giving me allowance and everything I need, waking up early to prepare for my breakfast and lunch, sacrificing your comfort for my own sake, for providing me more than enough to make sure I am well and comfortable, and for staying strong for me when I can’t be strong for myself.  

Secondly, I would like to give my brothers and sisters a big hug for the support and assistance. I know I always forget my stuff at home, so careless of me. But my brother, Justine, is always ready to go through muddy roads, insert me into his tight schedule so I can keep up with my class. I will not forget this kindness. I would also like to thank my sister for guiding me on my internship journey – for giving me advice, what to do and not to do, Thank you so much, ate.  Thirdly, my big love and hugs to Peter for listening to me moan about how tired and exhausted I am – waking up early and staying up late, not having enough time to sleep, unruly students, unfair rules, everything. Thank you so much for lending me your listening ears and gentle heart. You may be far but I know you are always with me in spirit and ready to listen to me again. Thank you so much Peter Pan – know that I am proud of who you are.
Fourthly, big hugs to all my friends who believed in my abilities. I know we have not seen each other for months but I have not forgotten your support during my times of difficulty.  Fifthly, thank you to my cooperating teachers, Ms. Vivares and Ms. Esparrago, and my co-interns. Thank you so much helping me in my future teaching career. All the advice and memories we had will always remain in my mind and heart. I would also like to thank the KNHS students, faculty and staff for accepting as pre-service teachers in your humble school. With a special mention to Mr. Auman and Ms. Gutierrez for constantly guiding us as we face the realities of life in a public school.  

Lastly, I would like to thank the entire faculty and staff of the school of education, with a special mention to Maam Jovy, Maam Marvs, Maam Kath, Maam Chat, Maam Beng, and Maam Charito. They have provided us with everything we need as we pre-service interns make our way to the real world. They served as our mothers in the whole pre-service internship and I will always remember the important things in life that they have taught us. 

Once again, thank you very much. 

Teacher Joy xx  

Happy Teachers Day

October 04, 2017

Dear Teacher, 

Thanks for making us what we are today. :D

Happy Teacher's Day!

Anne xx

I Journeyed

October 04, 2017

Just a quick post! :)

This is one poem I wrote while taking a break from checking a boat load of test papers during my final internship days. This summarizes my feelings and experiences during the whole period. Oh well, without further ado, here it is!

I Journeyed
By Anne 

I walked in 
dry fields  
of shallowness. 

I stayed in, 
my heart out. 
I cried. 
It rained. 

I walked out, 
a new leaf  

The Introduction

October 03, 2017

Hi everyone!!!!

This is my first blog post ever! Yahooooo! :)

So first of all, I would like to introduce myself first (well, just like other creatures here in the worldwide web). I'm Anne and I'm an ESL teacher working online to help Japanese people improve their English speaking skills. I am now on my first month of teaching, hooraay??

Anyway, I wont write everything about myself here as there's About page for that. I just want to let you know what this blog will be all about.

Take note:





Till next time,

Teacher Joy

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