Maria-Araxi Sachpazian [BA education & RSA dip/tefl (hons)] is the owner of Input on Education (www.input.edu.gr), an e-consultancy firm that provides academic, business support and IT solutions to Foreign Language Schools. Maria has wide experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, educational management specialist and materials’ developer. She is also the current chairperson of TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece.
(This interview first appeared in the ELTA Serbia newsletter March – April 2017 issue ELTA Serbia March – April 2017 )
Would you be surprised to know I am talking to you from the future? Perhaps, yes.. You are starting out as a young teacher and I am pretty sure you would appreciate some advice from a more experienced professional than you. What could I tell you then that you don’t already know? Here are a few suggestions :
Learn to appreciate your students. They are going to teach you as much as you are going to teach them, too. If not more!
Be patient. Rome was not built in a day! It takes time to learn and you need to remember this as well as to remind this to your students , too.
Make them feel special because they are! And make them smile or laugh in every lesson. If you want them to come back, you need to create a very pleasant environment that will make them want to study.
Don’t ever believe you know enough. There will always be something more you can learn. Broaden your horizons and your knowledge. Do not limit yourself to obtaining only a professional education . Make sure you acquire a broader education. It will open up your mind.
- Do not hesitate to open up and ask for advice . Talk over your possible teaching problems with a more experienced teacher.
Be prepared to work long hours because your job never finishes once you leave that classroom.
No one promised you a ‘rose garden’, which means you are going to face difficulties. At the same time, it is a very rewarding job .
Be genuinely interested in your profession. Be passionate about it because this is the only way you will be able to overcome obstacles but , most of all, enjoy every moment of it!!
Hope to talk to you again! You know where to find me!!