I feel like I owe it to my school and my peers to do a post on my TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) experience here in Madrid. If you know me in real life (as opposed to this fake virtual life), you will know that my corporate background and degree have absolutely nothing to do with a teaching career of any sort. But if you know me in real life or in this virtual life, you will know that I took a big leap into this not knowing what to expect but certain that I was making a serious change in my life and I was ready to embrace new experiences from all angles. I can honestly say this past month was a complete one-eighty from where I was 30 days ago.
I came to Madrid (3 days later than expected) with no home, no friends, and not a damn clue as to what the hell I was doing becoming a teacher. Needless to say, I found an amazing flat with great roommates and it was all rounded off with an absolutely incredible TEFL school experience. The past four weeks of my life were spent either in school, working on school, walking to school, or thinking about school. I can honestly say that I worked harder in the past four weeks than I ever did in college (sorry, Mom) or in my previous job. However, while it was extremely intense (and downright annoyingly so at times), I wouldn’t have chosen any other school or route. TtMadrid is an exceptional program with absolutely brilliant teachers. The methodology they use to submerse the students in the world of teaching is directly related to how we will take the lessons we’ve learned and bring them to life in the classroom. Every technique they taught, they used in the classroom. We were pushed outside of our comfort zone often and much to over-prepare us for the experiences we would face once we left the doors of the school. We were forced (and I say ‘forced’ because none of us wanted to do this at first) to teach a total of six classes of actual students prior to our certification and that is only one of the many projects and assignments we were to complete in such a short time. To put it nicely, the course is tough.
But I couldn’t have done it without my peers. I met some of the most amazing people over the past few weeks from all over the world and we have created a little family for ourselves. It’s bittersweet thinking that Monday I won’t be walking to school and seeing them or stressing over lesson plans together. I do know that we will always have a strong bond because we went through it together. Through HELL, that is. I am so proud of every single person that went through that course with me and I wish them all the best of luck in the future even though I know most of us will continue to stay close while so far from our homes.
If you are at all interested in quitting that shitty job of yours and doing something completely different, I strongly suggest you look into the TtMadrid program. I can not speak highly enough of the course and I encourage anyone who is wanting to make a big change in their life to consider teaching English as an option. You can visit their site here and no, I am not getting paid for this post (although I will gladly accept any monetary donations to the cause).
our goal cards from the 1st week that have been succefully accomplished
p.s. I might not use correct grammar and punctuation in any of my posts and I understand that as a proper teacher now, it is expected of me to practice what I preach. But commas are fun and so is inaccurate conjunction usage.