Study [part 1]
From a young age I always wanted to be a teacher. When I was 24 years old I decided it was time to reach out and just do it! I applied for the program, got accepted, and before you could say “Oachkatzlschwaof” (Austrian joke) I was in Vorchdorf being welcomed by the Academy.
The first day was long! I mean, we had seminars about the course, introduction to the academies online classroom, induction, health and safety, our student dorms, you name it… we spoke about it! On the second day, after an evening of meeting my new colleagues and making new friends, we dove head first into teaching! This was to be the beginning of our two week induction period. This time helped us progress from the middle of the classroom as students, to the front of the classroom as teachers. We dissected every element of teaching from behaviour management to correction techniques, from organisation structures to boarding! We learnt activities and how they were designed for us to practice these elements throughout the course. Of course, our transition from the middle of the classroom to the front of the classroom firstly took a detour, where we observed our trainers from the back of the classroom. This was incredible for us to watch our course tutors and senior teachers putting into action all of the elements we had learnt the previous week. To see how they had taught while making the classroom what it should be, a fun place to be! From that week onwards I was hooked! The following Monday was almost like our first day back at school, except this time I was standing tall at the front of the classroom. Was I scared….COMPLETELY! Was I nervous…INCREDIBLY! Was I prepared…ABSOLUTELY! After the first 50 minute lesson we met with our senior teacher in the hallway, smiles on our faces and high fives all round! Of course, we were surrounded by 50 Austrian 12 years olds singing songs, laughing and joking, asking us questions. We were like their heros…we were their heros! This first week helped us to gain confidence. Our senior teachers observed us, helped us, guided us and reassured us that we were moving in the right direction! At the end of the week we had an English performance where our students sang songs we sang with them, performed dramas we created with them, and they displayed the skills WE had taught them!! When you have parents coming towards you with stretched hands thanking you, local teachers asking you about techniques you use in the classroom, school directors congratulating you on a job well done, it really was an awesome feeling!
Stay tuned for “Teach” [part 2]
Nov 16th 2018