I have been teaching for about ten years in various settings but the most I have spent anywhere at one time is at Hawaii Tokai International College where I have been teaching Academic ESL for more than 5 years. Over time I have had many opportunities to grow as a teacher. Check out some of what I've done.
This has probably been one of the most rewarding projects I have ever carried out as a teacher. The administration at HTIC arranged a partnership with a local elementary school's ESL program so that our ESL students could meet up with theirs. I volunteered to offer my class for the pilot. After a successful run, we returned the following term, and will hopefully return many more times. Once at the school our students are charged with teaching the elementary school students basic English and content along the guidelines of whatever activity the head teacher designates for the day. This project has given our HTIC students the chance to use English outside the classroom, has been incorporated in reflective blogs and presentations, and has helped with critical thinking about topics such as education, motivation, and childhood development. I have had my students make lessons plans and apply them in class going way beyond traditional presentation. I am very grateful for this opportunity to take part in such a spectacular and truly intercultural experience and look forward to further making service learning a part of my Core 4 class.
here. This was also one of the first classes I taught with Moodle. You can have guest access to this course by going to http://elearning.hawaiitokai.edu, logging in as guest and clicking on World History under the CP Content class category.
This speech was the first of two speeches I have given at Hawaii Tokai's graduation ceremonies. I was honored to be selected by the student body as their guest speaker for the occasion and many of the themes I discuss in the speech mirror my thoughts of teaching and motivation, so I thought it would be a good artifact for this competency. In addition, I learned a lot about public speaking from this experience by practicing and later reflecting on the speech. Basically what go me through was pretending I was in front a class, rather than a packed auditorium.