I realized on Tuesday that this is month six of my time as an Auxiliar de Conversación. The time has certainly flown by, and I’m sad to realize I’ve only got three months left of this school year! Thankfully, I’m renewing at my school for next year and have finished up all my renewal paperwork (good thing too, as the deadline was February!) I’m happy to be staying at my school next year for two reasons. 1: I really like my school and was very lucky in my placement, 2: I’ve still got a lot to learn about teaching!
I went into this program hoping it would solidify for me that I want to go into TEFL or TESOL for a career and to get practice in the field before jumping to the head of the classroom on my own. I definitely feel more certain that this is what I want to do as a career, but I think I’ve got a lot more to learn about teaching before running a class on my own. Eventually I would like to try teaching adults, but I think there’s so much still left to learn at my primary school. My students and the teachers at my school have taught me so much about what teaching is like, and I’m excited to have another year with them. I will be sad when my 6th graders leave and go to secondary school next year but I’m excited for them!
The more I’m teaching, the more I appreciate my education. I went to a small charter K-12 school for my whole education and looking back I realize how much foresight and thought went into everything my teachers did. I try when I can to implement similar methods when teaching my students, such as asking questions that develop critical thinking skills and helping them to find answers on their own. However, I’ve still got a while to go before I think I’ll feel comfortable teaching solo. I’ve got to figure out still a long-term plan, but for now I’m happy to stay in Spain for at least another year at my wonderful school.
I feel that I’ve helped my students with some of their English grammar and pronunciation and I hope I’ve been a good resource for them. They seem to have improved a lot and I’ve been impressed with their high levels since day one. It hasn’t always been easy and there are certainly things to work on (classroom management is a big one) but I’m excited to see what the rest of this year and next bring!