My stacks of teaching materials and papers are currently expanding. In an effort to allow Ryan to work less while we’re in transition to Australia, I’ve taken on more hours at work. I now have three classes that I regularly teach at the local adult school. These classes include the multi-level ESL class that I’ve been regularly teaching since the end of April at a local plumbing company, Mr. Rooter. This course will hopefully continue to grow and expand despite some of the recent challenges.
I’m also teaching a level 3/4 ESL combination class two mornings a week. I subbed for this class regularly last year and I am excited about working with my co-teacher who will be in the class the other 3 mornings a week. Level 3 and 4 is great because, as another teacher put it, the students already know a lot but they still have a lot to learn. It’s exciting to continue to work with adults who come to class because they are motivated and excited to learn.
And if you look closely at the picture of materials, you might also catch a glimpse of a biology book. No, I haven’t magically become a science teacher but my third class is an ABE class. ABE stands for Adult Basic Education. I will be co-teaching with two others teachers in a class of about 50 adult students with varying degrees of disabilities. These men and women are also very excited about learning and this year many of our lessons will be centered around plants and planting. We have a grant that will allow us to buy and plant succulents which is a great hands on activity. So I’ll be working on some simple lessons that teach about plants, growth and basic biology.
These classes are great opportunities for me to keep learning and growing in my teaching and educating abilities. It especially fun to be able to work cooperatively with other teachers who bring in their own unique ideas and abilities. Although Ryan and my ultimate goal is still Australia, I know this time will not be wasted and I’m excited to see what this semester has in store.