Shirley Rodrigues [shirleyteacher]
What subjects do you teach? What types of students do you have?
English Language to all levels and ages and I am a teacher trainer , as well.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something about what you do or the center where you work?
I am very fond of ICT + Education and have been developing projects with my students, mainly the ones developed in video, since 2007. Some of them are available online at http://shirleyteacher.mirocommunity.org/
Being also an Instructional Designer for virtual learning environments, along with my passion for ICT, I joined the Educopedia team, which is a platform of digital activities to be used in the classroom or for individual study. I create and develop classes in English, and use lots of online tools for the several steps of a class. http://www.educopedia.com.br/
What is the most challenging aspect of teaching for you?
Classroom management is the most challenging, yet, the most interesting to me!When teaching you deal with lots of people, different faces, origins, religious views, family background... And you have to care for all of them, taking into account their individualities. Good classroom management is halfway to a successful outcome in the end.
What kind of relationship do you have with your students?
One of my best features is inter-personal intelligence. That makes me feel very comfortable while establishing a relationship with my students. Rapport has never been a problem throughout my career.
What are some ways you have incorporated technology into the classroom.
I use it all the time, while preparing, researching and teaching. Of course , some instituions where I work or have worked are not equipped properly so as to have technology being used to the full. Though having some constraints, due to lack of infrastructure, I try my best so as not to leave my students unaware of tech novelties in education.
What do you think schools will be like in 20 years?
Technology will be around, there's no way out anymore. Teachers and students will be cooperating, real time, from every corner around the world. Can't affirm this will be 100% real, yet, from what I have seen so far, a great amount of the learning process won't need a physical classroom anymore.
What are your professional goals? Where do you want to be in five years?
Well, I have already started trying some diversity in my teaching practice, with technology and projects. I have also started working as a teacher trainer - and it has given me great sense of achievement so far.
I love the classroom, yet, it seems I have reached a stage where challenges are welcome. Material development (digital or printed) and teacher training are definitely in my plans.
What qualities would you need to see in someone before advising him/her to go into teaching?
There are the traditional ones , such as patience, dedication, expertise,etc. Yet, I reckon the most important feature one must have so as to be a successful teacher is the will to learn. Lifelong learning is a sine qua non condition in this area. One has to be a sort of "professional student" so as to be a teacher.