"Two roads diverged in a wood,
And I - I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
– ROBERT FROST
I try to approach language teaching with humanity, compassion and empathy embracing students as individuals with unique abilities, desires and needs. This is heavily based on my own experience attending elementary school with students of diverse backgrounds at a time when administrative attention to cultural diversity and native language was woefully wanting and not yet mandated in my hometown public school system.
I continue to experiment with various teaching approaches and methods, but feel most strongly aligned with Communicative Language Teaching in which students are central and collaboration abounds. Key for any teacher is the process of making learning interesting and fun within the pedagogical pursuit of connecting students with skills and strategies necessary for true critical thinking and effective problem-solving.
As both teacher and tutor, I have learned much about my pedagogical strengths and weaknesses; that said, it has been a joy to fill in those knowledge gaps, thus strengthening my confidence and making teaching more enjoyable and relaxed.
Periodically I remind my students that – I too – labored to learn a second language and truly identify with their struggles. Hopefully, this levels the playing field a bit and lowers everyone’s affective filter.
Accept – Embrace – Teach – Handle With Care – Do No Harm