Cross your fingers for me. And your toes and arms and legs and hair and eyes. Well now you just look plain silly.
For this semester's practicum class, I have to observe 10 hours of ESL classes, tutor 6 hours, and teach 10 hours. The observing will be no problem. I already have 4 hours set up at Foothill College, maybe 3 at the Mountain View community center, and another 4 at in East Palo Alto. Tutoring will be no problem. I already tutor the greatest student ever for 2 hours each week. I'll be done with those requirements within the next month.
But the teaching. Ohhh, the teaching. Where am I supposed to teach?
But I may luck out here. I have been substitute teaching an intermediate level ESL class in East Palo Alto. This past Thursday was my last day. The program director was considering making the program 3 days a week instead of the current 2 days a week, but the regular beginning level teacher isn't able to teach a third day. Too bad. Or is it? I mustered up all the confidence I could and suggested that I teach the third day for the beginning students.
Perhaps a speaking and pronunciation class? (I absolutely LOVE phonetics and this would be a dream come true.)
Perhaps a Spanish and English literacy class? (Some of the students aren't even literate in Spanish and I would LOVE to teach them to spell and read in Spanish and English.)
At first I didn't hear anything back. I figured maybe the idea didn't go over so well. So I sent a second email, hoping I wasn't bothering her--she is a very busy lady.
Luckily she expressed interested and will check with the students. When I talked to my friend who teaches the intermediate class, and she said she'd love to teach all 3 days also and would do her best to promote the idea of adding a third day.
I might get my own class. I might get to design my own class. So you'd better bet my fingers and eyes and toes and everything else are crossed right now.
I'll keep you posted.
3 years ago