By Teacher Noems Flores, TESOL Davao
Have you ever had an instance in your life when you suddenly stopped from whatever you’re doing and asked yourself: What am I doing? Can I live like this for the rest of my life? I did. I was working as a quality control supervisor in a restaurant, when I suddenly had a total crazy moment in front of the gate of my workplace staring at nothing and was feeling miserable while the rest of the workers were staring at me as if I had gone mad. At that moment, I knew in my heart that I didn't belong there. Or it’s probably the millennial in me.
Without so much thinking, I quit my job as a supervisor and enrolled myself in a basic Nihongo course. Months later, I went to apply in an English school for Japanese and Korean students. My experience in teaching was fulfilling, and I never looked back or thought about going back to my former job.
So there I was enjoying teaching. Although I impressed my students in teaching, I felt like I didn’t really help them at all. And so, I decided to enrol for a Master’s degree. Even though my education in my masters was very useful, I think I got more confused because it wasn’t really tailored for teaching students of different levels. And to make matters worst, probably because of my background in science, I always pushed my students to study concepts and theories. There I was confused, and I was hoping for a bright light to come my way. I'm glad a ray of hope came one day.
I think I would be forever confused had I not taken TESOL at Pacesetters Institute. Through this training, it was made clear to me how teaching could be fun and easy. At first, I couldn't imagine we could take up strategies and methods in five (5) days only. I was like, "This is so unfair! I took this for two years!
Another great learning that I got from my TESOL training at Pacesetters Institute would be the “7 Laws of the Teacher,” which made me understand the very essence of being a teacher. I believe that it is the missing point why I felt like I was never enough as a teacher. Now I understand, that as a teacher, I need to make my students know what I know, feel what I feel, and do what I do! This paradigm shift of mindset changed my teaching style and the lives of my students particularly during the practicum, where two of my Indonesian students cried because they were touched with the values integration added in our lesson. Our practicum was such an amazing experience - something that I have never experienced before.
To be a teacher, I am given a very powerful role in the lives of my students. This huge responsibility only means that I need to be equipped with the appropriate tools and values; and that is where TESOL, specifically, at Pacesetters Institute teaches it effectively for their trainees where I am a fulfilled recipient.
Now, I can confidently say that I am the best teacher my students will ever have. Thank you Pacesetters Institute and to our coach, Ma’am Jan Medina.
I would end this speech by saying this excerpt from a speech in TEDTalk: "Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be." And I believe, with our TESOL training experience at Pacesetters Institute, we can be the champions for our students.