My teaching philosophy statement is a defense of the value of having a "sage on the stage" in addition to a "guide on the side."
As a newly-hatched ESL teacher, I am very grateful to my instructor and supervising teacher for sharing their knowledge and experience with me. And as well, I am thinking fondly of Miss Klampjohn, that no-nonsense-abiding, phonics-teaching grade one teacher who by now has surely gone on to her reward. She taught us to read, and so opened the world. I thought her name was "Miss Clamshell," and I'm rather disappointed to find out that it wasn't.
About the author:
I'm a writer and a teacher of English as a Second Language. Other passions and pursuits include choral singing, and following current events. "Laowai" means foreigner.
TINYFCC: This is not your father's Communist China
YDCTHTCAETTBELH: You don't come all the way to China and expect things to be exactly like home.
Ground rules: No snarking and sniping behind people's backs. Golden Rule applies. Except for:
Pleasant Goat: unsettling, creepy, Chinese cartoon character.