While my career in teaching officially began last year, I would say I developed the skills needed to tutor long beforehand. With 12 years in food-service under my belt I am well versed in customer service and patience, both necessary to working with new families and students. Additionally I have an extreme commitment to providing fully comprehensive information for lessons; for my thesis statement, an ethical analysis of a 16th century soup kitchen in Ottoman Jerusalem, I exhausted every text available on the subject so my writing could absolutely cover the scope of the subject.
I further developed my professional persona in my year in Thailand. There I taught English as a second language to roughly forty-two students per class, five classes a day. In addition, I assisted in training a series of government employee classes in preparation for the ASEAN economic community’s advent in 2015. While in Thailand I learned patience and working under pressure, as deadlines could come as soon as the next day and regardless of time allotted educational programs had to be planned. It was also important for me not only to recognize the culture barrier but overcome it. In order to be a teacher in Thailand it was necessary for me not to retain my Western sensibilities but to acclimate in speech, manner, and lifestyle. I have therefore learned how to bridge the gap between myself and separate cultures.
Working with students has shown me new ways of working with young people. Rather than antagonize chattiness I wait until the students recognize the time wasted. When working abroad, I found an offensive slur scrawled on my desk, and rather than take it too personally and berate the class, I taught a brief history lesson on slavery and racism in the United States. My tactics are to adapt and overcome rather than force myself or a student into a brick wall.
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