It has been a few years since I’ve gotten to dig my fingers into curriculum development and I’m excited that it is now a part of my new job. When I wrote my last job update I had simply applied at a couple schools as well as a temp agency to see if I could get any subbing hours. A few days later I got an email from a woman who had my resume from an earlier reply (back in January!) to her job posting.
We had a great first meeting and this is now my third week teaching for her. The company offers online ESL classes that connect Chinese leaners to American English teachers. Since it is a relatively new business she is hiring teachers and starting them with students one on one while she develops the curriculum for larger online classes. 5 days a week, I am working with a student who is preparing to come to the US. We have an interactive online classroom complete with audio and video chat. And I also get the joy of helping her work on the curriculum. The teaching time is fixed but the curriculum time is flexible so it works around the other things already going on.
But the best part really is that I get to work on curriculum again and use the skills and training I started developing back in Papua New Guinea. I’m already starting to feel the activity ideas and organizational structures coming back. It feels good to be back working in an area that I love.