2014 BC TEAL Lower Mainland Regional Conference – Online Registration Deadline – November 19th
The 2014 Lower Mainland Regional Conference will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, at Vancouver English Centre (VEC). The Conference’s theme is “Celebrating Learner’s Success.” It will feature the panel plenary presentation in which the EAL learners from various sectors will be sharing their success stories.
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The ETEA PD Committee is committed to raising the professionalism and connecting our members to the profession. Over the past 6 years we have strengthened our connection with the larger professional organizations, such as BCTEAL (The Association of BC Teachers of English as an Additional Language) and TESL Canada by becoming an Institutional Member of BCTEAL.
Benefits available to regular BCTEAL members:
- attending conferences
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The ETEA PD Committee members: Marina Sokolova (Chair Local 1), Eric Lescarbeau (Local 1), Tristan Dreyer (Local 1), and Angie Reamer (Local 6) are working on a new program. Michael Wicks, a retired member and former ETEA President, is serving on the Board of BCTEAL, as an Outreach Chair. He is working on further strengthening the ties between ETEA and BCTEAL through improving the policies, liaison and education.
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Michael, Oct 12
A desire to teach can be motivated by many factors; compassion, a desire to serve, to share, or to dispense knowledge, as well as to achieve status, power over others, a safe job, great holidays or good pay. All the reasons in this panoply of factors, may appear to go from positive to negative, however, in my view they are all the antithesis of the way a teacher should be motivated.
When teachers are “doing teaching” with these attitudes, they are attached to the students emotionally, not professionally. Students come to learn what they need to take them forward, not to connect emotionally with the teacher. Any connection that is emotional should come naturally as a consequence of the learning. Creating a learning environment is a teacher’s job; the only job.
In order to illustrate my point, I will share an anecdote from my student teacher internship: My supervisor, a master of cornering students on the truth, asked me, after a week of my teaching a Grade 4/5 class, how I was experiencing the work. I waxed enthusiastic, declaring how amazing it was, and satisfying, that I felt better and had more energy at the end of the day than I did at the beginning! Looking at me carefully he said, “So, you are a parasite?” Shocked and hurt, I replied,”Why did you say that?” He answered me with, Well, you are sucking the energy out of the students aren’t you? As he walked away, the epiphany occurred wherein I understood the message he had been drilling in to us all year: Give the students what they need, not what you want to give them. It’s not about you; it’s about the learning that is occurring.
Have some fun reflecting on that.
How is your learning environment?
How are you attached to the students?
How can you avoid attachment?
Next week – How do you know what the students need?