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...

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