I have been teaching off and on for the last several years. I’m extremely passionate about learning and teaching. I think education is one of the most important and positive things we can do for the world around us–both individually and collectively.
Eventhough I’m currently not employed as a teacher, I still consider myself a teacher in sense of helping the people around me learn and grow. I hope to continue as a formal teacher someday soon in the future.
Teaching in China
While in China, I had the opportunity to teach several great groups of students on a variety of subjects. In terms of English teaching, I taught both oral English as well as English writing. On the technical side, I had the opportunitity to teach a few classes on Open Source Web Design (in particular Drupal). I also taught a seminar on European History and Culture.
Language-Corner.org: Group-learning Spaces
One of my biggest projects as a teacher was Language-Corner.org. This group-learning site was built over several years to help make learning more enaging for foreign language learners and to improve the ability of teachers interact with large groups in a today’s social media age. While the site is no longer under active development or usage, I’m extremely proud of the work acheived through this effort.
I think there is definitely a place in my heart for building a grass-roots educational platform for language studies–both as a way to make learning better for students but as as a way for teachers to interact more effectively.
Along with building code and designing the site experience, I also blogged about the process and evolution. Here are some of my best posts:
- Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment
- Open Source Education: Thoughts: a general overview of the evolution of teaching technologies leading to Drupal
- Working Together: Wiki, ESL Writing Project: a description of using MediaWiki to do collborative student writing
There are a number of lessons I have developed and adapted over the past several years. A few in particular I find are quite effective teach tools. Here are some of my favorites: