I have been teaching for over 15 years in private schools and my own language school here in Paris. I have 3 years of teacher trainer experience at a private school in Paris where I train and supervise teachers (how to teach English as a foreign language to children aged 3-16) and where I create the curriculum for different age-groups. I'm also responsible for the methods used in class and behavior issues with students and hiring new teachers. So, basically, everything that has to do with English, I'm there ;)
My teaching style often differs regarding who I'm currently teaching. I try to adapt my style to the students' needs whenever possible. In general, I love teaching through games, stories and basically have the children involved as much as possible. I try to go by the 80/20 rule. 20% come from the teacher, 80% from the pupils. In my opinion the children have to be active "doers" in the classroom by talking, engaging and asking questions in orde to learn best. Also I try to use as many learning chanels as possible so that each learning style can benefit.
Where I live (and lived before), the system doesn't work with honors and awards.
After having worked as an ESL Teacher for such a long time, I decided to get some more knowledge in psychology in order to be of more help when my students or their families need help. I found that, as a teacher, the parents trust us and often come to us with personal problems, seeking advice. And since I'm a person who loves to help and have a problem to say "no" ;) .. I decided I should at least learn how to help in the right way. So I currently am a student of psycholgy (BSc) at a distance teaching university in the evening and working during the day.
I live in the beautiful city of Paris, in an appartment not very far from the Eiffeltower. There is lots to see and lots to do here and always something going on. But I spend most of the time working and I love it. My workplace is on the other side of Paris and I need almost 2 hours to get there one way (so Paris really is huge). But on the way back from work, we can easily stop somewhere in the middle and go sit in a café and watch the people walking by to relax and spend some time with friends.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, World Language, German, Other (World Language), EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Problem Solving, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Phonics, Classroom Community