얼마전 제시카 선생님으로부터 이메일이 도착하였습니다. 거의 10년전 미국에서 TET교육을 받았고 많은 도움이 되었다고 한국에서도 열리는지 참가하고 싶다고 연락이 왔습니다. 미국의 경험을 현지 선생님으로부터 직접 들을 기회가 적기 때문에 간단히 경험담을 우리 홈피에 올릴 수 있도록 써달라고해서 다음과 같은 내용을 받았습니다.
제시카선생님은 앞으로 2-3년 한국에 머물면서 영어를 가르친다고 들었습니다. 함께 만날 수 있는 기회가 있기를 바라면서 글을 올립니다.(우선 급한대로 원문을 그대로 올렸고, 곧 번역문도 함께 싣겠습니다)
I would be happy to share some of my teaching experiences with you. The TET training was very helpful and a great class for the teachers at our school, we all enjoyed it. It was however challenging to implement the practices into out daily routine.
It has been for me a matter of changing my habits slowly and internalizing the methods presented. At first much of the language felt staged and not really genuine and the students picked up on this.
Several years after the training I began teaching a simplified version to my middle school and high school students. It was affirming because the students pointed out to me the ways in which I used those methods but it was no longer staged.
I no longer think about “I” or “you” messages per se, but automatically name behavior and consequences rather emotionally badger my students. My middle school class of the 2009-2010 school year was by far the best and most successful class I have taught to date.
I was able to form a relationship with the class that was real and yet maintained the structure necessary to avoid chaos. It took the first half of the year to establish this trust and develop a real relationship with the students.
The key to the success; consistency and my genuine interest in the students. I was able to respond to their needs while still being able to remind them of mine, such as the material to cover or their behavior during trips.
I find that the methods utilized in TET allowed me to release the burden of trying to control the class and allowed the class to find its own voice and personality. Each year you have a different class and trying to recreate the same situation is impossible.
As a teacher you must be able to respond to each individual class and be flexible with your idea of what learning should look and feel like.