To say that the last two weeks have been interesting is an understatement. Jay was sick for a full week a week after school started. Yikes! Because Jay was sick, naturally, I caught his illness as he was completely recovered!
Last week, I finished a class to receive my TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification. This was a very cool, fun and hilarious class! I learned so much in such a short amount of time, and it really made me rethink homeschooling, unschooling and what that all looks like. More than that, it made me think about myself as a teacher, and how I could utilize FORTY-TWO DIFFERENT TEACHING METHODS! Talk about being inspired! While the class was about teaching the English language, it really teaches you how to be a good, effective teacher.
I won’t get into details about each method, and I won’t even list the 40+ methods, but I will say that it teaches you to teach through the senses. Listening, speaking, singing, juggling scarves (who juggles scarves?!), games, repetition, community learning, drawing, acting, music, gestures, videos like Mr. Bean, dictation (which can actually be really fun if you do it right!), walking around and talking with your peers or whoever is around, etc. Unbelievable! It was absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to get Jay back home so I can experiment on him! I actually started this afternoon over lunch, and it got a lot of giggles and laughs out of him.
He has a Bible reading coming up the first week of August. I am going to add gestures to the reading when he practices so he can get comfortable with the words, voices, etc. It should be fun!
Unfortunately, I cannot post pictures or videos because we were asked not to. However, it is a hands-on course, filled with fun and laughter, and I met friends from all of over the country in addition to people from Italy and Brazil! If you are interested in the teaching course I had the pleasure of taking, visit: The Canadian Institute of English.