Get to Know Teacher Karla: You probably know me as a travel blogger but in this post, you’ll get to know more about me as a teacher. I got these questions from one of my followers on Instagram for her homework.
1. What motivated you to become a teacher?
My mother is a teacher. Since she’s my role model, I was greatly influenced by her. At a young age, I was teaching kids in our church during Sunday Schools, Vacation Church School and even during Children’s Camp.
2. How do you describe a “best teacher”?
For me, the best teacher is someone who has the mastery of the subject and has the ability to inspire and motivate students to learn. To be the best teacher, you have to make sure that you use your mind and your heart when teaching the students.
3. What are your great qualities or strengths as a teacher ?
I would say that I’m flexible. I can teach people of different ages. During my early years of teaching, I was able to teach primary and secondary school students. When I moved to Korea, I taught pre-school and adults. Now, I’m currently teaching medical professionals. I think teachers who are flexible can teach students of from different age groups.
In addition, I’m very patient. I don’t give up on students easily. I believe that people have multiple intelligences so I try to use different methods of teaching to make sure that everybody gets my lessons.
4. Do you consider yourself as an effective educator? Why do you say so?
In my opinion, I would say that I’m an effective educator. I can measure it with the passing rate of my students. Every month, most of my students get there target band scores on their IELTS exam.
Besides the numbers, I am proud that my students from many years ago still keep in touch with me. I believe that students may forget the lessons that I taught them but they will always remember how I made them feel. I make personal connections with my students.
5. There are times that your discussion seem so boring, how do you convert this situation into a meaningful lesson and make your teaching more interesting?
I always make sure to prepare some activities that involves body movements. Ice breakers helps but it’s better if the lectures are interactive.
6. What do you dislike most about teaching?
The paperwork! As much as I love teaching, there are still tasks outside the classroom. It includes checking of exams, computing grades, and a lot more reports.
7. How do you cope with teaching challenges?
I plan my day. I list all my tasks and make sure to address them. If there are challenges that I can’t address on my own, I ask for help.
8. What changes have you created as a teacher that bring great impact directly to your learners and to your community?
As an educator, I also work on my advocacy to Eliminate Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (EOSEC). I coordinated with the local government and non government agencies to make this possible. This gave me opportunity to teach 200 children in our community about my advocacy.
9. In your own perspective, how important is your role as an educator?
My role as an educator is vital. It’s cliché but teachers shape the future. Now that I’m teaching medical professionals, I can see that I’m a big help in achieving their American Dream. Whenever they pass the IELTS, they are a step forward in getting their goal.
10. What’s the best advice about teaching can you give to those future educators?
Never stop learning. Teachers should always make effort to improve their skills and teaching methods.
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