好快,一年就這樣過去了。

上個星期四送走了我在這間學校教的第二年孩子,在趕著寫成績單,忙著打包收拾中,匆匆為這個學年寫下了句點。

又是一個充滿挑戰的一年,在辛苦的日子裡完成了許多事:

1) 跟一半新一半舊的老師們搭配帶兩個班,跟英文班的合作比以前緊密,但是自己的教室裡面的教師合作還有進步的空間。希望明年能有新氣象能有新轉變。

2) 第二年在這種當兩班導師的ABAB高壓時間表生活,已經習慣許多。

3) 因為習慣了學校的流程和大致的課程,稍有餘裕可以騰出時間跟精神,教孩子唱一些歌,繼續進行我的歌曲翻譯事業,另外也準備更多有趣的活動讓他們玩。自由活動的時間也安排了各種各樣的活動讓他們有獨立創作玩樂的時間和空間。

4) 去年暑假研習學到的一些教育方法,在今年的教室裡嘗試使用。

5) 和另外一班的中文導師有個密切的合作,我們在換部門的過程裡培養出同甘共苦的情感。

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呼,一個學期終於又過去了。

這學期有不一樣的辛苦,不過總是忙碌到有點忘了數算日子

我把這當作自己比較適應的徵兆,至少沒有數饅頭了。

 

這學期很幸運,學校給了我一位實習老師,我的實習老師跟著其中一個班,一個星期會來上班三天。

是個很積極的哥大研究生,有時候下班會幫我整理一些資料或是製作一些教學材料。

因為他準備教師檢定,所以最後兩週,我除了忙著期末成果展、實施一對一學生口語閱讀能力檢測外,還得和他討論教學內容、借教室、安排時間,讓他進行教學演示錄影。

 

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原本以為這是今年工作第一次寫部落格,結果打開發現原來一月的時候寫過一篇。

今天這篇本來週五下班有滿滿的感動的時候就該寫了,結果拖到週末感覺有點淡了,但還是逼著自己記錄一下吧,不然很快就會忘記所有感人的微小片刻。

 

今年帶的兩個班級都算是魔王等級,有著各式各樣難以掌控的孩子,

難以掌控之外,很多時候沒有甚麼法子可以好好治理,常常今天試用的獎勵方法,明天就不適用了。

所以我們以及主任經常騷破腦袋也沒有辦法。

 

經過快要一年的修煉,有些孩子有好一點,其中一個班級勉強也擠上中等程度,另外一班仍是遠遠落後。

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回頭看了一下,才發現上次寫文章居然是一年多前的事情!

去年(2014/2015)的我大概過得太愜意,愜意到懶得寫文章了。

今年(2015/2016)的我肯定就是太過忙碌,忙碌到沒時間寫文章。


去年秋天到了一間雙語學校工作,教5-6歲孩子。我有一位助理老師,和我們搭配的是另外兩個英文老師。

我們四個人分享兩個班級的學生。A班學生上中文的時候,B班學生上英文; B班學生上中文的時候,A班學生上英文。

我等於是兩個班級的導師,只是我一天教一個班級,用中文上語文,數學,社會課。孩子們另外有老師上音樂課美術課自然課體育課和圖書館課。

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本來五月中論文完成就應該分享的,但是實在太忙,也不知從何寫起。
兩個禮拜前我的論文指導老師請我去他今年指導論文的班上分享我寫論文的過程,讓我重新再看了一次自己寫的東西。
必須承認我對於「寫論文做研究」這件事情沒有太高興趣,但是對於我研究的主題和所進行的「行動研究」相當熱愛。
所以每次在討論論文內容時,我都會跟艾德華或者我朋友同事說:「我是我的研究的實踐者(我說我不停地在實踐我的研究)。」

除了和我的指導老師的學生分享外,我還主動在之前教書的地方辦了一場研習,主要是分享論文的成果和應用
覺得我真心體驗並實踐我的論文,好像應該要跟朋友們分享
雖然朋友間是幼教老師的人不多,但是我覺得每個年段的老師都可以有自己截取實用部分去自己班上調整

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「你是我看過最有潛力的老師,是我向學校極力推薦希望留住和投資的老師。看你上課是非常令人感興趣的,我也馬上被吸引進去。你非常了解沈浸式中文教學如何運作並且將你所有的學生放在心上。我非常欣賞你的教學風格!你有非常好的特質且很有教學的天份。我知道你的任何學生都將會有很棒的學習經驗。」"You are the teacher in whom I saw the most potential, and the one I encouraged the school to work on developing and investing in. It was very exciting to watch you teach, and I felt a good connection right away. You have a good understanding of how immersion works and it is clear that you have all of your students in mind. I admire your teaching style very much! You have great qualities and are very talented in teaching. I know that any students of yours will always have a great learning experience."

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轉眼一年又將過去,工作的學校超出我的預期,似乎正要進入狂風暴雨的轉變期
於是我做了一個重要的決定,讓自己從無止盡的超時工作中跳出,
希望工作狂症狀嚴重的我能夠從工作中抽離,好好的放鬆
(雖然根本很難,因為我又開始想儘辦法讓自己投入別的工作中,哈哈。)

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今天小孩結業式,半天的活動還算井井有條。
我準備的15分鐘的影片播放結束後幾個家長都哭了。(我還平靜地拿衛生紙給他們,噗哈。)

我同事說我怎麼這麼厲害可以這麼平靜,學期結束耶。
我想大概是工作太多年了,心臟已經變得很強壯,沒那麼容易大哭了。

不過回家翻開家長送給我的畢業紀念冊的留言,
其中一位家長說:「謝謝老師充滿啓發,溫暖,歡樂,大方開闊的精神!除了中文英文數學等學科上面的知識傳授,你教會我們的孩子人生更重要的課題--奮鬥不懈,獨立自主,尊重並且照顧他人。(“Thank you for your inspiring, warm, cheerful, generous spirit! Beyond Chinese, English, math and all of the academic things that you teach, you have taught our children the most important lessons of all-- perseverance, independent, respect, and care for others.”)」(天哪我的翻譯功力也精進不少耶!)

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這篇理論上應該會很短,因為點子在我腦子裡反覆很久,好像沒有想要加長或延伸什麼概念
教書進入第八年,我已經幾乎完全脫離「某某某好可愛」,「我超愛班上的某某某」的階段
我看到的好像就只有一個一個成長的孩子,他們的長處,他們的短處
我只想著該怎麼幫忙他們,達到他們下一個階段的成長目標
儘管我知道孩子天真可愛,卻很少有那種我好愛他喲!或者誰沒來上課我會很傷心的情形。
這也大概是我看到朋友或親戚的孩子們的一般反應(沒什麼反應)。

我會不停地想著怎麼改進教學,怎麼換個方式激勵孩子

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中文學校不管是全天式半天式週末式,一年中最重要的慶典莫過於中國新年的慶祝會
所有在美國教過中文的老師應該都體會過那種「過年過一個月」的緊繃生活。

我個人是非常反對三歲甚至六七歲以下的小孩上台表演的人
主要的原因是我覺得小孩表演往往不是為了自己,只是為了滿足父母的炫耀感罷了
憑良心講,把三歲五歲甚至七歲的小孩填鴨方式記憶一些表演活動,表演當天在鎂光燈下唱唱跳跳
沒有幾個小孩是自己真心願意,往往只是要讓大人拍照拍個夠,然後可以拿去跟朋友們炫耀罷了
很多孩子平常唱得很好很自然,上台變成冰凍人或木頭人,再不然就是哭爹喊娘

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新的工作開始了快三個月,但是沒有一天能夠振奮精神寫東西
進入第八年教書,有很多自己的想法,
加上自己又有機會獨立帶班,有更多堅定自己信念的時候,
真的要逼迫自己多寫點東西,幫自己的教育理念紀錄,也和很多周圍有小孩的朋友們分享!

九月到一個中英文雙語學校工作,帶的是三到四歲的孩子,班上總共有十個小孩
雖然知道學校要給我三歲班的時候有點煩躁,因為很想教大一點的孩子
不過開始後也覺得還好,反正我也帶三歲孩子六年了,

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又到了一年一度的生日,也是寫噁心八拉的文章的時候啦,撲雌。

其實今年新的工作真的忙到焦頭爛額,整天趕著弄成績單教案電子報,
忙到都快忘了日子過到幾月幾號了,當然也沒有非常認真想到底要怎麼過生日。

兩個星期前艾德華問我想要什麼禮物,說他很認真想了很久到底要買什麼給我
還說本來想我們搬家買個很大的櫃子給我放書,但是我之前說過這種家用共用品不能算禮物
所以他又想買個魚缸給我

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看看部落格,沒想到上次寫文章是五月中,天哪,竟然這麼久都沒寫東西。
主要也是真的太忙,好像忙碌永遠有新高峰!
來個簡短的近況報告,等我這陣子適應生活以後,再找時間寫細節紀錄吧!


六月中哥大幼稚園的工作結束,六月底夏令營開始
第一次和幼稚園的香港同事獨挑大樑,一起當領班老師
很期待和他一起合作,加上使用我們幼稚園的教室,開始之前非常興奮

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I grew up in Taiwan where people value higher education diplomas and getting good jobs. This is an ideology that long exits in the society, “Receiving higher education is the only way to get a great job, earn money, and have a successful life.” People who do not have a higher education diploma are seen as failure in life. Doctors, engineers, and lawyers are viewed as the best jobs. Teachers, architects, and accountants are good jobs. People have their thoughts and opinions for other jobs. I attended a very homogenous middle and high school where all of my classmates and schoolmates pursued similar dreams: getting a BA degree, then a master degree, and then maybe a PhD degree or entering a job market. I was lucky (in this sense and this kind of social ideology) that I did well when I was in school and was able to finish undergraduate school and receive a master degree. However, I still remember friends’ and families’ comments when they heard that I received a master degree from TC and teach in a preschool and have taught in a bilingual school in the United States: “You have a master and teach in a preschool? What a waste!” “You should come back to Taiwan, take the teacher application exam, and find a teaching job in a middle school.” My parents are very liberal parents in that they respect and support any decisions I make, however after hearing all these comments from friends and families too, my mom said to me a couple times, “you should consider to come back and teach older students. People do not value early childhood education here. Also, if you choose to teach Chinese, it is not any better than your old classmates. Many of your college friends have been teaching in middle school for several years. That’s a life-long secure job, you know.” Being educated from such society, I have grown into a person who promotes the ideology as well, though I have thrived at teaching in a preschool for several years.

After taking this class, what impacted me the most is how different ideologies affect students’ learning in school. In Taiwan, the value of receiving higher education and getting great jobs has a great impact on students from all levels. I also realize that if people did not acknowledge the values of a society, educational changes would not happen. I looked into all the educational reforms and new educational policies that politicians and policy makers have made due to complaints from teachers, parents, and society in Taiwan. They got rid of standardized textbooks, added more sessions of music and art classes to promote creativity in the curriculum, replaced single college entrance exam with multiple entrance pathways to college, etc. Parents send their children to more art, music, and sports after-school programs, encourage them to pursue their dreams, and participate in more community services. However, the ultimate goal of educational reforms and new educational policies is still the same: equip students to get good test scores, enter colleges, and get good jobs. On one hand, parents and teachers encourage children to try new things, be creative, and pursue their dreams; on the other hand, they still want them to get good grades, find good jobs, and earn a good living. I do believe that acknowledging the values of a society is the first step of making educational changes, even for advocating for a socially just education, but values of a society must change on order to achieve true educational change. Unfortunately, not many people understand or realize it.

Personally, I do not agree with using standardized tests to assess students’ learning, pushing all students to follow the same educational track, and making everyone get a bachelor or master degree, but I cannot tell my students to not care about all these. I feel that since we live in a neoliberal and competing society, there is no way for me to circumvent what society views as important but I disagree with. I want to promote a socially just education and prepare students for their future, but I am not sure how. This makes me think about what educational equity means to me.

For me, educational equity means that all students will have the opportunity to receive educational resources that meet their needs and interests. Furthermore, students have equal opportunity to succeed in their lives. To achieve educational equity, I would make sure that children are happy, being respected, receive resources and support that meet their needs and interests, and find the balance between pursuing their dreams and fitting into the society. “Fitting into the society” might not sound appealing to many people, but I want my students to be able to earn a living, that is to survive in the society.

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最近這兩個月真的忙到焦頭爛額,雖然大多時候還是很享受生活,
但真是有點沒空在facebook上面更新什麼相片呀狀態呀什麼的,
現在真的很期待期末考結束放暑假唷!
雖然還是要上暑假的課和在夏令營工作,但還是很期待喘口氣就是了。

有點離題了,
今天在課後中文班上課的時候,我的包包放在椅子上,
孩子一邊做勞作,一邊可以任意走動拿需要的用品

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距離上次寫部落格的時間又好久了,
太久沒寫東西,真的都快忘了怎麼把自己腦袋裡的東西寫下來!!

只是想紀錄一下二三月有多忙,忙到一轉眼兩個月就過去了!
日子還是很規律的重複著,
一到五白天在幼稚園上班,星期六到中文學校上班
星期一星期三晚上有課,
星期一到三的下午通常是趕著讀30-50頁起跳的閱讀(星期一和三),或著趕寫著每週一篇的報告(星期三)

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