I have been teaching at my new school for almost 3 weeks now, and it's been a very stressful transition. Part of this stress comes from being unable to attend the majority of the teacher orientation. This meant that I wasn't up to speed on the school policies, the grading systems, etc. It also meant that I hadn't met any of the other teachers before I started. In fact, until today I didn't know how to take attendance in Engrade.
The other part of this transition that has been difficult is teaching English Language Arts for the first time -- without an English department to go to for help. As a Fulbright teacher, most of my teaching centered around English conversation and communication (which is very difficult to teach in classes of 40 students). In addition, I had no prior training for teaching English Language Arts. Thus, I have been constantly stressed about how to teach reading and writing.
Perhaps if I wasn't the sole English teacher and there was more of an established curriculum, I wouldn't feel so stressed.
As a secondary English and foreign language educator, Katherine has spent the past 5 years teaching in South Korea. She is an enthusiastic educator who believes in the potential of every student, and strives to make an interactive, engaging learning environment to promote inquiry and learning.
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