This week was important for me, as a teacher:
- A year ago, I completed my CELTA. The memory is still vivid, but also distant, I can’t believe that it’s been a year and at the same time, it feels like it was ten years ago already.
- I taught the Yale Business Seminar Writing class, conjointly with Prof. Betsy Rosenblum. We created a whole session together (4 classes of 90 minutes) and it was, by far, one of the best experiences I ever had. I worked previously with others, but never that intensely. I would never be able to thank her enough for the opportunity she gave me.
- Working alongside Betsy made me realize that I wanted to do more, as a teacher. I want to be able to create syllabus, to develop a certain expertise, to observe and help my fellow teachers. You got it, I am thinking about doing a DELTA now.
- The fact that I have been to Business School and that I worked six years in private companies is a huge asset when it comes to teach Business English. I am proud to be the first non-native teacher in a French Business School starting next September 🙂
Finally, I realized that I was putting way too much pressure on myself. I have the worst competitive spirit ever (I am working on it) and I bursted into tears when I realized that I didn’t understand the instructions of one of my assignments. Putting too much pressure isn’t healthy for me nor my students. Suffering from anxiety is a fact, but knowing how to handle it is another. And yes, Julian, I have to thank you for helping me realizing it. Happy? 🙂