I bumped into a colleague yesterday. She asked me how my summer was going and, if I had many classes. She then asked me if I had a lot of kids. I said no. She was a bit surprised. You see, I think I’ve been pigeon-holed as someone who teaches kids. Now, it may be true that the majority of my time is taken up with primary age students, but I also teach secondary school children, adults and my teaching peers. I’m not ‘just’ a teacher of young learners. I have, what I’ve termed ‘multiple me(s)’
Let me try and explain. The ‘me’ that teaches infants, the one that sings and jumps around the class like an elephant, is not the ‘me’ that teaches business English. The ‘me’ that is hip and cool teaching teens, is not the ‘me’ that leads teacher training workshops. My approach changes with the students in front of me.
I sometimes find that I’m displaying multiple mannerisms, attitudes and beliefs in my teaching, TEFL is a roller coaster ride which fortunately finds us teaching all sorts of people and all sorts of English.That’s one of the things that I love about it!
Long live variety, it is as they say The Spice of Life.