Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Someone asked me to imagine my ideal classroom experience/topic and create a syllabus, learning outcomes, and assessments for it. Well, shoot, that can get a person thinking. I mean, it’s easy for me to say I’d like to continue teaching ESL, but it’s another thing to put my thoughts down as one cohesive, newly designed course. So today I’m dreaming about that course… contemplating the things I enjoy working with students on… considering what others are teaching.
I have several former students from China who took classes at universities in the States last year and several that are here now. I think I’ll do a quick survey with them to see what they liked and didn’t like in their classes. I taught an adult ESL class in Irvine as a part of my grad program and the students responded similarly to the content as my students did abroad. Although each class is different, I’m hoping that that will be consistent as the majority of my experience was abroad.
But really the important thing about this exercise is keeping myself in the mindset for teaching and making sure that I’m staying up-to-date on best practices. This will also allow me to be creative, which is something I desperately need right now!