A little reflection – If I hadn’t… | TEFL Jobs London

A little reflection – If I hadn’t…

by Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

This week, I have been teaching should have, could have, would have… I always find that this topic makes one reflect on the past. Despite the fact that very often we use these structures  to convey criticism or regret I decided to try and make it a little more positive and introduce the notion of serendipity, fate, destiny… written in the stars. I tend to set a writing task with this topic and usually feel like I’m giving my students a free therapy session. I don’t mind of course but I sometimes feel bad for making them spell it all out in black and white and then have me scribble in red all over it. In any case, it does make me feel as though I’m getting to know a little more about them and who they are. My degree is in psychology and thus I am forever cursed with analysing people, especially those which I care about and/or have to interact with on a regular basis.

The whole topic made me reflect on my own life and a couple of things occurred to me. I cast my mind back to 2008 when my brother and sister came from the Philippines to visit me. On one particular day we decided to visit London Zoo but first we thought we would walk through Regent’s Park; there is even photographic evidence of this on Facebook. I now work in Regent’s College. In the summer of 2008 I had just finished my first year of uni and had done a season in Ibiza with my best mate. If someone had told me that day as I was casually taking pictures of the ducks that I would be working as an EFL teacher in that college behind me, I would have laughed in their face. Seriously.

The other thing that came to me was that this time last year I was doing my CELTA. I still have a lot to learn as a teacher but I still think back to my CELTA; about the students I had, the other trainees I struggled with and nearly everything I learnt in those hectic, manic, exhausting four weeks. When I finished I envisioned myself jetting off and teaching English in a remote school in a jungle in the Amazon. OK, maybe not but I did think I’d be abroad somewhere.

At this point, I could third conditional my heart out because I can happily say that I’m perfectly peachy with where I am now and I’m ready to take on my second summer of teaching English in London. One more week and it will be summer term. Last year I was scared ****less about the summer, my first teaching job and all that came with it but this year, well… We’ll see. Bring it on.

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