So, I am so close to graduation now! My Les Mis Unit has begun with a fantastic success! The drill team I began coaching in February had their first school performance and it was amazing. They were asked to dance in the National Train Day event here in Albuquerque as well. I’m so proud of them. The after-school tutoring program I’ve been working with has its final days next week, so I’m going to finally have a little extra time to finish my portfolio for graduation.
Then, I begin the fund-raising process for creating the book I plan to write during my travels as an international teacher. Those of you who know me, know the reason I began working towards my endorsement in TESOL and have really pushed myself for my teaching degrees, is because I really want to help create a change in the way we educate; especially our ESL students. The way we currently teach ESL students, more often than not, inhibits their ability to succeed. I plan to teach in several countries that have high International testing scores to learn what, how and why their systems are successful.
As I teach and learn, I will be writing a book that analyzes what I am learning about these systems and comparing them to what I’ve learned about how we teach here in America. Hopefully finding a way to connect these systems in a way that I can instigate some real, positive, and empowering changes in the way we educate ESL students.
Much wonderful and amazing work is and has been done in this field already. I hope to be able to add to this.
Beginning is always the hardest part. Being realistic about the process is sobering, but important.
On this note, I plan to begin fundraising through a site called KickStarter.com. I will be giving photo cards, hand-sculpting and painting several different items, giving free copies of the book, and other prizes for your contributions to my project.
I am attaching photos of Fairie Doors that I have sculpted and painted in the past to give an idea of my work.
Thanks for reading my blog and for any contributions you may give. Once I graduate (!) and don’t have 4-5 classes I take on top of classes I teach, I will be able to allot more time for my writing. I’m pretty excited to spend a summer working on art.
Have a great weekend everyone!