So when I don't know what to write about (sometimes it happens) I look around, ask people what they want to hear. That's what I did today - put up a question on Facebook and in 5 minutes I had "homework"
So the first question I am going to answer came from my good friend and colleague Vicky Loras.
So why did I decide to become an educator ??
No I didn't really have a dream of becoming a teacher like most little girls. To tell the truth, I didn't know what profession I should follow until the age of 18-19.
At school I just loved maths and music! I wanted to study maths and become a crazy scientist and since I was also playing the keyboard, I was dreaming of becoming a famous rock star as well!!!
But the love of my life was languages and communication. I was the only child in my class learning 2 foreign languages (English and German) and although there was no Internet I was corresponding with people around the world (more than 100 people).
I was curious to learn what happens in the world and the foreign languages enabled me to do so.
In the summers I was the interpreter of my friends when we wanted to meet foreign kids.
What all this has to do with teaching?
It does because I wanted to make people understand that learning a language can open the doors to communication. If you learn about other people's culture and civilization, you can understand how they react, you become more tolerant.
If you learn a foreign language, you can travel, you can work or study all over the world, you can be free.
I started tutoring my friends while at University. There was always someone who needed help and I was glad to do it.
And I just knew it. As I mentioned in an older post (Why do I teach) - it is the curiosity in the children's eyes that is fulfilling me both as a teacher and as a person!
Well I hope I have answered to your question dear Vicky!!
Message to all of you: keep the questions coming!!!